Blind Man Teaches Blind and Disabled Kids To Hunt and Fish -
Mike Gates can recall — achingly, painfully — the day he lost his
sight. But, "from where I was to where I am today is pretty
unbelievable," he says.
For the Blind,
Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can’t - T. V. Raman was a
bookish child who developed a love of math and puzzles at an early
age. That passion didn’t change after glaucoma took his eyesight at
the age of 14. Now a highly respected computer scientist and an
engineer at Google, he has built a series of tools to help him take
advantage of objects or technologies that were not designed with
blind users in mind and is now focusing on touch screen cell phones.
“How much of a leap of faith does it take for you to realize that
your phone could say, ‘Walk straight and within 200 feet you’ll get
to the intersection of X and Y,’ ” Mr. Raman said. “This is entirely
doable.” “What Raman does is amazing,” said Paul Schroeder, vice
president for programs and policy at the American Foundation for the
Blind. “He is a leading thinker on accessibility issues, and his
capacity to design and alter technology to meet his needs is
Paterson's Ascension Inspires Disabled - When David Paterson
takes office Monday to become the nation's first legally blind
governor to serve more than a few days, among those watching with
the greatest interest will be those who cannot see.
Eye-catching System Helps Students Read -
Dozens of Miami-Dade schools are diagnosing reading problems
by using infrared goggles that chart how students' eyes move.
"I know how to read; I know how to pronounce everything," said
Rhiannon Chavez, who failed to graduate last month from Michael Krop
Senior High in Northeast Miami-Dade because she has not passed the
state's reading exam. "The problem is that
when I finished, I wouldn't know what I just read."
Rhiannon and dozens of her classmates are now enrolled in a
program known as Reading Plus, which uses infrared goggles and
customized software to track their eyes and train their brains.
The same program is being used in many of Miami-Dade's
lowest-performing schools -- as well as a handful in Broward and Palm
Beach counties -- and administrators are crediting it with impressive
It's Harry Potter
Time! Seeing With Your Mind - At the stroke of midnight on
Friday, Harry Potter fanatics will descend on bookstores to claim
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of J.
K. Rowling's best-selling series. Although Ashley Bernard, 12, says
she has read the first five books "at least 15 times each," she will
not be among the midnight crawlers. Blind from birth, she has always
faced a torturous delay of at least three months to get a Braille
Stevie Wonder Uses New
Technology For Blind Fans - Stevie
Wonder is making headlines for using a special new music video
technology for the clip to his song "So What The Fuss." The video will
include a second, descriptive audio track, recorded by hip-hop star
Busta Rhymes, and will be accessible to people who are blind or have
low vision. Two versions of the video will be released -- the first
will be a traditional music video, while the second version will be
accompanied with the new technology which can air on all
SAP-accessible TV channels.
A Guiding Light in Clouded World -
Barry Richard, who is nearly blind, once paid $23 for a hamburger and
a beer. He intended to cover his check with a $5 bill and three ones
but handed the waitress a $20 and three ones by mistake. She accepted
the windfall without a peep. Here's what Richard since has learned
about handling cash when you can't see.
Assemblyman Seeks More Funds for Visually Impaired Students -
In front of a watchful audience of media, politicians and educators
Friday, 9-year-old Taylor Rebhahn recited a fictional story she wrote
about an elephant named Rose who needed someone to care for her. The
fourth-grader didn't read her imaginative story from a piece of paper
in front of her or a computer screen. Instead, her little fingers
lightly touched Braille coming out of a computer as she read about
Rose's sad fate of being picked up by zoo keepers.
Eddie and Maria
Bell Have Adjusted Gracefully to Life — and Parenthood — Without Sight
- "A few years back, I was assisting a family in Texas who had a
teenage daughter who became blind within about a three day span due to
medical complications from an infectious disease. By the grace of the
universe, Eddie Bell was in town and available to work with the young
woman and her family on a one to one basis. We were all so thankful
for his expertise, patience and kindness. Sharing his very similar
experience and positive attitude about blindness (including the
information of the journey that led him to that positive attitude)
made all the difference in the world for the young woman who has moved
on in her life with courage and grace. Thought the following article
might be of interest to some of you too…" - Brunhilde Merk-Adam,
Parents of Blind Children of Michigan
BLIND VISION and POBC of Michigan, January 09, 2004
Since the year 2000, the American Foundation for the Blind has
published "Accessworld," a publication designed to provide latest
assistive technology news and reviews related to blind and visually
impaired individuals. Until now, however, "Accessworld" has been a
bimonthly, subscription-based magazine. Starting with the January 2004
issue (Vol 5. No. 1), "accessworld" is available free of charge on
AFB's web site at www.afb.org. The
easiest web address to use to get to the initial Access World "home"
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp which lets you also access back
issues. The January issue presents an extensive section on DAISY books
and the current efforts to bring DAISY into the mainstream disability
community in the United States. The table of contents for the issue
can be found at
Special Needs Student is Resolute -
In a dimly lighted room, 14-year-old Chelsea Gilliland read aloud
as she skimmed her hands along rows of raised dots, letting her
fingers see the words. The LaFayette High School freshman is legally
blind, hearing impaired and has trouble walking. Despite her physical
handicaps, Chelsea has succeeded in school, making all A's and B's.
New Video Releases
with Descriptive Narration from DVS Home Video - DVS Home
Video®, an initiative of the Media Access Group at WGBH, announces the
availability of six new film titles on home video-fully described for
viewers who are blind or visually impaired. These feature films,
available to order November 24, include Finding Nemo, Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Seabiscuit, Matrix: Reloaded,
Bruce Almighty and The Lion King-Special Platinum Edition.
U.S. Team Finds
Track Success at Blind World Championships - In the highlands a
few kilometers north of the old city of Quebec and the majestic St.
Lawrence River, more than 900 visually impaired athletes competed the
past week at the second International Blind Sports Association World
transmits sense of touch over Web - Breakthrough by UB
engineers could lead to technology that teaches users how surgeons use
teen makes history; Oakville student Legislature's first Guide dog
Penny rises to occasion
Two State Students
Get Rhodes Honors
U.S. & Canada Adopt New
New Way to Read, Not See, Maps"
Law Violated, Judge Rules - The
Calvert County school system violated federal law when it failed to
provide a blind student with a
certified vision teacher last year, a state
administrative law judge has ruled.
Audio Tape to Digital Creates Problem for Recording for Blind &
For Blind Students,
Another Challenge - Shortage of Vision Teachers Vexes Schools, Angers Parents.
Guests' guests get
perks at hotel - Marriott welcomes
Seeing Eye dogs along with their masters.
Blind Voters Want
New Tool Helps
Blind Students Learn Math
schools weak on education for blind -
Only 60 teachers in state are certified to teach visually and
hearing impaired kids.
Australian Bionic Eye
Gives Hope to Blind
'Talking' Tax Forms For
Blind Developed - PDF-Reading
Software Boosts Independence.
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