– [Forza Motorsport makes racing video game accessible on X-Box.
– Blind kids and adults get STEM training.
– Blind students outperform sighted ones in college entrance exam.
– Blind woman asked to ban her guide dog from her own wedding.
– Blind people driving race cars on track.
– And, more than 70 articles about blindness and blind people from all over the world.
##Editorial By Chris Hofstader
Welcome to edition 70 of blindness Briefs. This is a big week with about 75 articles about aspects of blindness ranging from tragedy to triumph.
I especially like this edition as it’s so big and far ranging. I often mention a favorite article or two in this section but this week there’s just too much good stuff to pick a favorite. There’s a lot of interesting stuff below and I’m sure you’ll find articles that meet your interests.
##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.
###[Society for the Blind now producing Braille content, encouraging local organizations to reach out]
The organization also plans to train people with blindness and vision loss to operate the machinery that produces the Braille materials. This story comes to us from: KCRA.
###[University Student Creates Sensor Jacket for the Blind]
Abdul Karim Ssegawa is the man behind this innovation. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
###[AI breakthrough in detecting leading cause of childhood blindness]
The team developed a deep learning AI model that can identify which at-risk infants have ROP that may lead to blindness if left untreated. This story comes to us from: Medical Xpress.
###[Forza Motorsport – Blind Driving Assists][
Accessibility consultant Brandon Cole demos and discusses how he utilizes the supplemental audio cues to navigate the tracks of Forza Motorsport. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
###[How a brain prosthesis could help the blind]
The idea is to take the information of a camera that the blind person wears and to directly plug it into the visual cortex. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
###[Md. School for the Blind asks visitors to see beyond barriers]
The events at the ‘See Beyond Festival’ hosted by Maryland School for the Blind give the public a taste of what blind students experience — the power of adapting to challenges without the use of sight. This story comes to us from: WYPR.
###[AFB Welcomes New Chair to Its National Board]
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced Debbie Dennis was elected as its new board chair. This story comes to us from: American Foundation for the Blind.
###[Foundation Fighting Blindness to honor Pravin U. Dugel, MD, President of Iveric Bio, and host special guests, the Lemay Pelletier Family, at 2023 Gala]
The May 11th gala will raise awareness and fund research leading to treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases. This story comes to us from: PR Newswire.
###[World Book Day: A Bookstore for the Blind]
Backlight 226 is a rare bookstore in Shanghai — and also in China — in that it offers books by visually impaired people to those with visual impairments. This story comes to us from: Sixth Tone.
###[Digital tech demolishing reading barriers for visually impaired]
Throughout the past two decades, librarian Fang Jie, from Zhejiang Library, has witnessed considerable progress in eliminating barriers to reading for the blind and visually impaired. This story comes to us from: China.org.
###[Newly launched children’s storybook promotes literacy]
The book best highlights how barriers to accessible reading formats violate the rights of blind and visually impaired persons. This story comes to us from: Alberton Record.
###[Blind and Brave: Keerthana’s Triumph over Cancer and Pre-University Exams]
Visually impaired and a cancer survivor from Udupi district of Karnataka, Keerthana has just cleared the Pre University Examination in Arts with a score of 539 (about 89.83%). She plans to take up a Bachelor of Arts and grab a government job to support her father, who runs a hair salon. This story comes to us from: Times of India.
###[Kids and adults who are blind and low-vision get hands-on STEM training]
MSU Denver student partners with the National Federation of the Blind and Colorado Center for the Blind to organize a STEM workshop. This story comes to us from: MSU Denver RED.
###[Learning from the Italian experience of overcoming education segregation]
Additionally, mainstream students also attend specialised schools. This story comes to us from: the Times of Malta.
###[Mom sat outside class to help blind girl pass PUC in Mangaluru]
MANGALURU: After sitting through her visually impair daughter’s classes, success was achieved on exam. This story comes to us from: The Times of India.
###[Cork family of little girl facing blindness launch appeal to make her life better]
Sarah is just six years of age but has already faced a long struggle with a rare genetic disease. This story comes ot us from: Cork Beo.
###[Sighted people are necessary for blind people]
Until now, the responsibility of incorporating into society has been given to all people with functional diversity (blind, physical, mental, deaf, etc.) and they have called it “integration” with which the one who must integrate is the affected person without any effort on the part of those who suffer from these problems, thus avoiding any responsibility in the matter. This story comes to us from: Pressenza – International Press Agency.
###[Dauphin County Library System reveals new technology for visually impaired, blind]
With the new equipment, residents can have printed materials magnified or voiced, access websites, and scan important materials. This story comes to us from: FOX43.
###[Mzansi Moved As Blind Little Girl Cries While Figuring Out Her Stack Toy, Internet Applauds]
A blind girl on TikTok was determined to solve her stack toy. This story comes to us from: Briefly News.
###[Five Things A Mother Of A Blind Child Wishes More People Understood About The Condition]
When Hilda Dunford learned that her baby boy, Ashton, would have to spend his life without sight, she was overwhelmed. This story comes to us from: Forbes.
###[Blind and Brave: Keerthana’s Triumph over Cancer and Pre-University Exams]
Visually impaired and a cancer survivor from Udupi district of Karnataka, Keerthana has just cleared the Pre University Examination in Arts with a score of 539 (about 89.83%). This story comes to us from: The Times of India.
###[Blind students outperform non-blind candidates in 2022 UTME — Prof Okebukola]
The Chairman, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Equal Opportunity Group, JEOG Prof. Peter Okebukola, has disclosed that blind students when compared proportionally with their non-blind candidates did better in the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which saw 139 out of 364 visually impaired candidates gaining admission into higher institutions of their choice. This story comes to us from: Vanguard News.
###[Rita Rego’s Esthesis Foundation empowers the blind with job skills based on other senses IG News]
Rita Rego, 54, has volunteered with blind students since her college days. This story comes to us from: IG News.
###[Legally blind student has dreams of being mechanic; gets hands-on experience.]
Though Stickle is legally blind, that isn’t stopping him from chasing his dreams. This story comes to us from: KETK.com.
###[Legally blind student experiences ‘a day in the life’ at dream job]
“This kind of thing helps everyone understand blindness better and what’s possible for someone who’s blind or visually impaired. This story comes to us from: KLTV.
###[Blind Springfield man gives back to the community by recycling electronics]
A Springfield man who has been blind for four years is recycling broken electronics to raise money for Christmas gifts for kids. This story comes to us from: KEZI.
###[Anger at new Nottingham electric bikes ‘littering streets’ as bad riders to be fined and banned]
“This will create the same problems as the e-scooters. This story comes to us from: the Nottingham Post.
###[Council access move praised by visually impaired man]
Stephen Hartley, a blind sportsman, has problems walking with his guide dog along Tavistock high street due to obstacles. This story comes to us from: Tavistock Times Gazette.
##Discrimination and Inaccessibility
###[Blind man left feeling like ‘scum’ after worker refused him entry to restaurant with Guide Dog]
The man’s dog was wearing a bright yellow jacket and black harness which clearly distinguished him as a guide dog, but the Subway restaurant worker refused him entry. This story comes to us from: Express.co.uk.
###[Bengaluru man with sight issues, but denied disability card]
BENGALURU: Twenty-seven-year-old Raghav (name changed) from Bengaluru, who has no vision in his right eye and also suffers from dyslexia, has not been able to get a disability card as his conditions are just below the minimum 40% eligibility criteria. This story comes to us from: The New Indian Express.
###[Saskatchewan family says police altercation left man brain dead]
The family of a man arrested in Saskatchewan says police beat him and left him brain dead. This story comes to us from: CBC.ca.
###[Sudan war: Three blind men trapped with no way out as chaos and violence escalate]
Earlier this month, chaos broke out as the Sudanese army and rebel Rapid Support Forces clashed with heavy bombing and gunfights. This story comes to us from: The Mirror.
###[Blind man loses home in Oklahoma storms, neighbors have to break the news]
Doug Tingler is blind; his neighbors came together in a time of chaos, and they all rushed into Doug’s storm shelter. This story comes to us from: KFOR.
###[City of Houston Increases Crosswalk Accessibility]
The signal installations will be complete in time for the National Federation of the Blind for its 2023 National Convention in downtown Houston. This story comes to us from: Fox 26.
###[Man accused of blinding woman in baton attack is ordered to stand trial]
A man who allegedly beat a woman with a flick baton, leaving her blind in one eye, was today ordered to stand trial. This story comes to us from: World News.
###[Man partially-blind after allegedly attack by skateboarder]
A skateboarder has allegedly attacked a man in Brighton, leaving him partially blind. This story comes to us from; WAtoday.
###[Coroner’s inquest starts for shooting of blind man by police]
THE BROTHER of a blind man killed in a police-involved shooting in 2018 testified yesterday that he never saw his brother with a firearm. This story comes to us from: The Tribune.
###[Blind bride outraged as guests demand she BAN her own guide dog from wedding]
A bride was baffled when guests complained that a total of four guide dogs will be at her wedding and called for her to ban them – even though she needs one herself. This story comes to us from: The Mirror.
###[Blind woman’s golden retriever guide dog attacked outside Sainsbury’s in Deal]
A blind woman whose two guide dogs have been attacked says she just wants to be able to “walk up a street without fear”. This story comes to us from: Kent Online.
###[Blind Woman Who Uses Guide Dog Can Sue Over Job Placement Denial]
A Missouri school district must face a lawsuit alleging it revoked a blind paraprofessional’s placement in a job assisting a visually impaired student. This story comes to us from: Bloomberg Law News.
###[Cyclist knocks into blind man with guide dog in viral Singapore video]
A viral TikTok video captured a cyclist colliding into a blind man with his guide dog. This story comes to us from: Yahoo News Singapore.
###[Bill extending AZ School for the Deaf and Blind operations for four years goes to Hobbs]
The Arizona Constitution requires the state to offer education to deaf and blind students. “It seems that everything went off the rails in the Senate. This story comes to us from: Arizona Mirror.
###[Bill would allow visually impaired voters in Illinois to use electronic mail-in ballots]
Legislation proposed in the state Senate would ease remote voting for people who are visually impaired, but some advocates say it is redundant. This story comes to us from: Jacksonville Journal-Courier.
###[Palestinians hold a vigil in support of visually impaired detainee on hunger strike]
Amarneh, 52, a blind man from Ya’bad who suffers from several health problems, was arrested by the Israeli occupation authorities in February 2022. This story comes to us from: WAFA Agency.
###[Beachbody class action claims website denies blind, visually impaired users equal access]
The plaintiff argues that the inaccessibility of the website is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York Human Rights Law. This story comes to us from: Top Class Actions.
###[Adore Me class action claims website not accessible to blind, visually impaired Users]
The plaintiff claims the lack of access for the Adore Me website is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This story comes to you from: Top Class Actions.
###[Belleville audio service for blind people needs help after storm damages facility]
Belleville nonprofit MindsEye, which records services for the area’s blind and visually impaired people, is looking for donations and volunteers. This story comes to us from: St. Louis Public Radio.
###[Age Related Molecular Degeneration Market is likely to propel to US$ 22.19 Million by 2033]
age-related molecular degeneration market is currently valued at US$ 11.28 Million in 2023 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 7%. Owing to the technological advances in healthcare the market is likely to propel to US$ 22.19 Million by 2033. This story comes to us from: PharmiWeb.com.
###[Five Things The Mother Of A Blind Child Wishes More People Understood About The Condition]
Though raising a blind child can be challenging, friends and family can help by checking these behaviors and attitudes at the door. This story comes to us from: Forbes.
###[Blind bride hits out at ‘guestzillas’ after wedding criticism]
A blind bride has come under fire from guests calling her “bridezilla” after she set boundaries – but social media users. This story comes to us from: The Independent.
###[Dear Annie: Blind, retired husband needs help making friends]
He is a non-smoking, non-drinking blind guy. No. 3: Join a church. He tried multiple churches of different denominations. Our beliefs don’t match. This story comes to us from: Oregon Live.
###[Blind Girl With Jaw-dropping Beauty Smiles Broadly, Video Goes Viral on TikTok]
A TikTok video which has now gone viral shows a blind girl blessed with charming beauty. This story comes to us from: Legit.ng.
###[5 Adaptive Fashion Brands Making Accessibility Chic]
Adaptive fashion brands are broadening notions of inclusivity. This story comes to us from: L’OFFICIEL USA.
###[Blind man’s perspective after tornado is inspiring]
Blind man’s perspective after tornado is inspiring. This story comes to us from: – YouTube.
##Art and Artists
###[Art exhibit for blind and visually impaired]
The Signal Centers’ Hart Gallery set up a new tactile art exhibit for those with blindness or visual impairments. This free exhibit opened on Friday and will last until May 20. It has six 3D art pieces. Guests can get descriptions of the art through touch-activated audio. This story comes to us from: WDEF.
###[Visually impaired shining on stage and in life]
“So we established this troupe to give blind children and young people a platform to learn art and perform on the stage” This story comes to us from: the Shanghai Daily.
###[Blind 13-Year-Old Pianist Leaves Lang Lang Speechless]
One of the reality show’s most powerful performances was by a blind and neurodivergent 13-year-old girl named Lucy. This story comes to us from: My Modern Met.
###[Legally Blind photographer brings underwater preserve to life]
Photographing what lies below the surface of Catalina Island has given underwater photographer Bruce Hall the ability to see the island in a very unique way. This story comes to us from: Spectrum News.
###[Maná Drummer to Meet Prodigious Fan – Thanks to Tossed Drumstick]
Anabelle Adamson was born blind, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a musical prodigy. Now, her talents attracted the attention of Alex González, the drummer of world-renowned Mexican rock band Maná. This story comes to us from: NBC Los Angeles.
###[Traveling exhibit offers blind community a chance to be seen]
Heltzer was among about a dozen people living in Southeast Minnesota with visual impairments visiting the exhibit in Rochester that speaks to them. This story comes to us from: Rochester Post..
##Sports and Athletes
###[‘Badal pe paon hai’: India’s 1st women’s blind cricket team all set for their debut international series]
The 17-member squad that forms India’s first-ever women’s national team for the blind will travel to Nepal from 25-30 April. This story comes to us from: ThePrint.
###[India Blind Women’s team beat Nepal convincingly by 9 Wickets to level series]
In an exciting clash of the Women’s Bilateral T20 Cricket Series for the Blind, India took on Nepal and registered their first win. This story comes to us from: Female Cricket.
###[Odisha’s Phula Soren Stars In India’s 9-Wkt Win In Women’s Series For Blind Vs Nepal]
Odisha girl Phula Soren’s all-round performance helped the Indian women’s team level the bilateral series for the blind against Nepal. This story comes to us from: Odisha Bytes.
###[Charity track day enables blind people to drive racing cars]
About 30 people with disabilities took to the track on the Isle of Man with charity Speed of Sight. This story comes to us from: BBC.
###[Germany’s blind soccer team train in Thessaloniki]
In a photo made available Saturday, Germany’s blind men’s soccer team trains in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in preparation for the world championship in blind soccer, taking place in August in the UK, as part of the 2023 IBSA World Games. This story comes to us from: eKathimerini.com.
###[Blind veteran from Shropshire running London Marathon for the 13th time]
Alan Lock will be taking part in the 26.2 mile event to raise awareness for Blind Veterans UK. This story comes to us from: ITVX.
###[Beep baseball team in Georgia looks to expand]
Blindness is a very sedentary disability, so to have people blind out doing stuff physically being active, will go a great length to change that. This story comes to us from: FOX 5 Atlanta.
###[Blind Lad Still Loves Football]
This talented trickster wows fans with his skills and goal-scoring – all whilst being blind. This story comes to us from: The Advertiser
###[Nepal Blind Women’s team beat India to take 1-0 Lead]
In a thrilling Women’s Bilateral T20 Cricket Series for the Blind match held at the Pokhara Stadium in Kathmandu on April 25, 2023, Nepal defeated India by 8 wickets; Nepal won the toss and elected to field first. This story comes to us from: Female Cricket.
###[Where’s Alexus? Learning about the blind sports being highlighted at the Maryland School]
The Maryland School for the Blind is highlighting blind sports at its second annual “see beyond” festival. This story comes to us from: Yahoo News.
###[William Stamm Obituary (1954 – 2023]
Memorials can be made to American Foundation for the Blind. This story comes to us from: Legacy.com.
###[Wanda Reehling Obituary (1936 – 2023)]
Preferred memorial is American Foundation for the Blind. This story comes to us from: Legacy.com.
###[Man Goes Blind After Binging on Booze and Crystal Meth]
What caused this 37-year-old man to suddenly lose his sight? And why did he wait 3 days before presenting to the emergency department? This story comes to us from: Medpage Today.
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