- Teen develops shoes with sensors for blind pedestrians.
- First blind to pass the bar in The Philippines.
- Blind person turned down for job as spy.
- Lots of stories about crimes against blind people.
- – Federal judge refused Lyft ride due to guide dog.
- Interesting stories about blind artists.
- An especially big sports section this week.
- And, about 65 more articles about blindness and blind people from all over the Earth.
Editorial By Chris Hofstader
I'm happy to say that this week our Google Alerts worked properly and we're bringing you a complete edition of Blindness Briefs. We are continuing to research alternatives and, hopefully, we'll be able to deliver more stories each week when we have more sources.
The section of this edition that jumped out at me the most was Crime. We got a lot of articles this week about blind people being the victims of both violent and economic crimes. This is a sad phenomena that is rarely discussed.
On the positive side, the Art and Sports sections are chock full of positive articles about blind people doing cool and interesting things.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Blindness Briefs.
How It's Organized
WBH Weekly Blind News Digest is a very simple page to read. The categories are at heading level 2 and the stories are links at heading level 3. So, navigation to the sections and stories you find interesting is quite simple.
A Meridian Township woman completing a marathon on her Peloton bike to raise money for Braille Across America. This story comes to us from: WILX.
Ankurit Karmakar, a class 9 student at Rowland's Memorial High School, created the shoe to help blind people avoid obstacles while walking. This story comes to us from: Hindustan Times.
He CSICthe Higher Council for Scientific Research, has developed a robot guide dog for people blind. This story comes to us from: Gearrice.
This article covers detailed information about free cell phones for the blind and visually impaired, the best available models, a buying guide, and more. This story comes to us from: World-Wire.
The Maryland School for the Blind is hosting its second annual “See Beyond Festival” later this month. It gives the community the opportunity to experience life through a different lens. Here to tell us more and give us a little preview are Rob Hair, superintendent and CEO, and Amanda Aaron, outreach consultant, from the Maryland School for the Blind. This story comes to us from: WBAL-TV.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced its official call for nominations for the 2016 Access Awards, which honor individuals, corporations and organizations that eliminate or substantially reduce inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. This story comes to us from: American Foundation for the Blind.
"Judy has had a wonderful impact on the lives of people with vision loss," said Carl R. Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "She has moved mountains and expanded possibilities for countless people, particularly for those new to vision loss, who often don’t know where to turn for help, or how to move forward after their diagnosis." This story comes to us from: American Foundation for the Blind.
The collaboration aims to support the treatment of cataract patients in Pakistan, where the disease is prevalent. This story comes to us from: The News International.
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Dean A. VanNasdale, OD, PhD, The Ohio State University, and Christina Ambrosino, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, named as recipients. This story comes to us from: Yahoo Finance.
Founded in 1940, the NFB is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind Americans. This story comes to us from: – Texas Border Business.
For more information, contact Kevin Pirnie, Communications Director, at (208) 206-1181, or visit their website at https://nfbidaho.org. This story comes to us from: EIN News.
Anthony Mark Emocling graduated cum laude in Political Science and is also the son of a taxi driver. This story comes to us from: Coconuts.
One man's disability is not stopping him from his passion. This story comes to us from: WRDW.com.
A stand-up comedian named Chris McCausland made it to the final 30 out of 3,000 applicants vying to become a new James Bond for MI5, but was rejected due to his blindness. Although his entrance was meant to be humorous, the comedian passed the vigorous application process of the MI5 graduate scheme. Only when he failed a task that required snappy identification of a threat did MI5 reject him. This story comes to us from: NNN.
A blind man who spent 20 years searching for a job has said employers were "too frightened" to support him. This story comes to us from: BBC.
Shelforce, based in Erdington, Birmingham, was originally founded in 1839 to provide work for blind people. This story comes to us from: BBC.
Last summer, the CTA began rolling out a new program to make riding the bus more accessible for Chicagoans with vision impairments. The pilot program involves the installation of tactile bus stop signs that feature the words “BUS STOP” in raised typeface as well as in Braille at routes throughout the city. This story comes to us from: Streetsblog Chicago.
RNIB's report reveals the extent of accessibility barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people on public transportation. This story comes to us from: Intelligent Transport.
Dan, who lost his vision completely two and half years ago due to pars planitis, lives with his wife Chelsea, 32, and their dog Bella in Bedford Road. This story comes to us from: Dorset Echo.
A court has heard a partially blind driver who hit and killed a much-loved grandfather north near Quorn should not have been on the road. This story comes to us from: 7NEWS.
So often, we go about our days without really paying attention to our surroundings or those passing us by. But sometimes, if you stop for a little breather and actually take in what’s happening around you, you may realize there are many, everyday acts of kindness you can perform. This story comes to us from: Goalcast.
Discrimination and Inaccessibility
Stevenson has the right to enter and access establishments that are open to the public under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This story comes to us from: Busy Body Tribune.
A motor vehicle accident claimed the life of a wheelchair bound man, who is also visually impaired, along the Orange Bay main road in Portland. This story comes to us from: Jamaica Gleaner.
A woman who fatally shot her legally blind husband in the eye as he slept has been found guilty of murder. This story comes to us from: Kalkine Media.
Prosecutor Paul Cavin said that the offenses on Mr Somerset-How were “deliberate exploitation and effective enslavement. This story comes to us from: MEAWW.
They have taught women who are partially blind, women in current domestic abuse situations who will go home to that spouse after class. This story comes to us from: KSL NewsRadio.
A man has been arrested for assaulting and threatening to kill his blind girlfriend, according to Laredo police. This story comes to us from: Laredo Morning Times.
Woman charged over alleged theft from elderly blind man at Mt Druitt ATM. A woman has been charged after allegedly robbing a visually impaired man. This story comes to us from: 7NEWS.
U.S. Judge David Tatel had hailed a ride to court, but as soon as he got into his Lyft, the driver got out and began shouting that he would not take Tatel’s guide dog. This story comes to us from: The Washington Post.
A woman who is registered blind has said her guide dog has given her the confidence to run the London Marathon. This story comes to us from: BBC.
A Charlotte woman who is blind is raising awareness about guide dogs. This story comes to us from: Spectrum News.
Farmhouse Pottery has failed to make its website available to customers who are visually impaired or legally blind, according to a class action lawsuit. The Farmhouse Pottery class action was filed in United States District Court in the Southern District of New York stating that visually impaired and legally blind customers cannot properly access the website, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This story comes to us from: Top Class Actions.
As scientists' understanding of the complement cascade improves, we now know that complement plays a pivotal role in disease, with new insights. This story comes to us from: Mirage News.
This was the first time the Lackawanna Blind Association has been able to hold the event since the start of the pandemic. This story comes to us from: WNEP.
Sight loss – a spectrum? This was something I overheard from a bystander some years ago in an airport on seeing my cane, 'He's blind, I think!" This story comes to us from: The Journal.
Under new anti-discrimination laws, the States needs to produce accessibility action plans for its buildings by October 2028.
Janina Almeida, from the alliance, which is a support charity, acknowledged that "some of the buildings are really old and it depends what state they're in".
The States is planning accessibility audits of more than 40 of its public buildings, including Frossard House and schools. This story comes to us from: BBC.
A TikToker who went blind at 16 years old has been answering 'awkward' questions for viewers – including how he 'does the deed' with his girlfriend, who he's never actually seen. This story comes to us from: Indy100.
Yashma Gill shared a heartwarming video of a blind man navigating his way to a mosque, reciting verses from the Holy Quran on the way. This story comes to us from: BOL News.
Tini Kasmawati is almost blind and relies on her memory and a makeshift cane to navigate the forest. But it hasn't stopped the food vendor from providing for a family of endangered silvery gibbons near her remote village in Indonesia’s West Java – even if it costs her half her income. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
Art and Artists
Money raised by sales of the book will be donated to military charity Blind Veterans UK. This story comes to us from: BBC.
Examples of that are on full display in the center's main lobby where the team is hosting their Blind Visionaries exhibit. This story comes to us from: Denver7.
Being diagnosed with life-altering conditions like blindness is enough to send anyone into the depths of depression but not for Tony Giordano. This story comes to us from: Cheddar News.
Robert Fourie's degenerative condition forced him to give up painting, but a little bit of serendipity eventually brought him back to the art he loves so much. This story comes to us from: Irish Examiner.
On Tuesday, audiences were given a glimpse of the new show, which follows a blind French girl named Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) and her father. This story comes to us from: ABC News.
Sports and Athletes
"I feel like it's a good opportunity for people who are disabled to be still able to play sports," 12-year-old Ava Sanderson said. This story comes to us from: CBS 58.
Completing the Boston Marathon is an unbelievable accomplishment for any athlete, but its especially exciting for two women from Union County. Alexandra Brown and her friend, Shannon Houlihan, were able to check the bucket list item off on Monday. Running a road race alone can be challenging. But for athletes who are visually impaired — like Brown, who became legally blind about 10 years ago — it’s a challenge accepted. “Just like anything in life, it builds character,” she said. This story comes to us from: WSOC TV.
A woman registered blind plans to compete in the London Marathon on Sunday – just weeks after completing the same distance at the Brighton marathon. This story comes to us from: Somerset Live.
The draw and the schedule for the 2023 IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix, which will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, between May 23-27, are already set. This story comes to us from: International Blind Sports Federation.
When a motorcycle accident left him blind, Dennis Thompson didn't think he would ever be able to ride again. His brother showed how he could. This story comes to us from: Goalcast.
Tyler Merren is a graduate of Wayland Union High School now living in Greenville. He's excited to help people of all abilities. This story comes to us from: WZZM 13.
The IBSA Football Sport Committee, with the support of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), delivered training in Kenya. This story comes to us from: International Blind Sports Federation.
Like many others, Amy Hatten will be taking part in her first triathlon this year as she swims, bikes and runs her way through the She Tris triathlon. But her journey to the starting line is anything but ordinary. This story comes to us from: WCIV.
The 2nd bilateral blind women cricket series between Nepal and India at the Mulpani cricket ground next week is another opportunity to promote the sport. This story comes to us from: The Himalayan Times.
Deepika T.C., past student of Ranga Rao Memorial School for Differently Abled (RMSD), Mysuru, has been selected for India’s first-ever women’s cricket team for the blind. The team will represent India in the upcoming T20 bilateral series in Nepal. This story comes to us from: The Hindu.
The team for the Indian women's cricket squad for the blind was announced. It includes team members come from humble and varied backgrounds and their first flight out of India to play a T20 series in Nepal next week. This story comes to us from: Mint.
The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) on April 11 announced the selection of India's first-ever women's cricket team for the blind. This story comes to us from: The Indian Express.
A woman in red pants and a competition number runs among other runners who are blurred. This story comes to us from: CBC.
Before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Stanley Cup visited the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. Based in Watertown, Mass. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
The charity is run by Mike Newman BEM – who's billed as the fastest blind man on the planet, clocking speeds of up to 200mph. This story comes to us from: Manx Radio.
Mark Maddock, who is 49 and now lives in Austria, has been supported by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, since he was injured in a car accident and lost his sight at the age of 23. This story comes to us from: Charity Today News.
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