Repost of Accessible Cellphones with Keypads My blogpost from October has been reposted on VisionAware, the major site for adults 55 and older losing vision. More useful details plus another phone choice have been added by Pris Rogers of the American Foundation for the Blind, which hosts VisionAwareRead more "Accessible Cellphones with Keypads Repost with more details on VisionAware"
A TED talk from October 2018 describes how a kid in Britain finally gave in to wearing eyeglasses and found trees had leaves and there were stars in the sky. Many of us who live with impaired sight or blindness find that volunteering our time to help others with vision loss fulfils something in ourselves […]Read more "Many of Us Assist Others with Sight Loss, but Not Like This! Repost of TED Talk"
Re-Post How Vision Loss Can Affect The Brain, the New York Times, Studies suggest that vision loss in older people who do not receive vision rehab can suffer from cognitive decline; losing language, memory, attention and the ability to identify objects in space. The lead author of one study, Bonnielin Swenor, John Hopkins Eye Institute […]Read more "Repost, How Vision Loss Can Affect the Brain, the New York Times"
How Universal Design Creates Inclusive Infrastructure, Re-Post from Bloomberg News (and AER). This re-post focuses on a community of people with autism not vision loss, but it shows what can be done. Universal design is being promoted for infrastructure projects in the big Bill now in Congress. Universal design in public buildings, historic sites, medical […]Read more "How Universal Design Creates Inclusive Infrastructure, Repost from Bloomberg News"
Re-Post of Low Vision Podcast: Low Vision Tech, The Doctor Said… When anyone loses good vision their doctor may say she can’t do much more for you. But there is a whole qualified profession which can do a lot. Some states offer much more than others, but here is an excellent podcast from Steve Kelly […]Read more "Re-Post Low Vision Podcast"
Repost of Why Doing Things for Yourself Is Important 8 years ago I posted this to Vision Loss and Personal Recovery – one of my very first blogposts! Now as the pandemic recedes and leaves everyone restarting their lives, the huge disruption has left many people who live with vision impairment or blindness, especially seniors […]Read more "Repost of Why Doing Things for Yourself Is Important"
Man regains partial sight with new algae gene therapy | Re-Post from Popular Science, May 25, 2021 It’s not partial sight, or seeing as we know it, but it is the beginning of a breakthrough in a blinding disease. The photo shows how far this is from actual sight, but any progress is good for […]Read more "Man Regains Partial Sight With Gene Therapy , Re-post"
Blind Patients Hope Landmark Gene-Editing Experiment Will Restore Their Vision Re-Post from National Public Radio This re-post refers unfortunately to a rare genetic disorder, but still it might be a prelude to something for a wider range of conditions.Read more "Hoping to Reverse Blindness, Experiment Uses CRISPR To Edit Genes, Re-Post from NPR"
Repost from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Textured Bills Help Blind People Tell them Apart “Bank notes with tactile markers for accessibility circulate around the world—but a similar plan in the U.S. is years away.” EyeNote and Ideal are both currency identifier apps for use on smartphones. There is also a free talking money […]Read more "Re-Post from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Adds Another Textured Bill to Help Blind People"
“Time-blindness” was recently targeted on TikTok as “ablest,” and I agree! Blindness is a physical and sensory condition related to the eyes and sometimes the brain. To use the term in this way objectivizes blindness and blind people. There are contexts where “blind” means an object or set-up which blocks vision such as “window blind,” […]Read more "The Word “Blind” Is Still Misused in Everyday Speech- Let’s Get Rid of It Re-Post from 7 years ago … and it’s still going on!"