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Articles & Publications,
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Related to Blindness
 

 

Articles & Publications

  • 14 Tips to Help Maintain Independence Despite Visual Impairment
  • Braille's Decline Hinders Blind Adults (JournalGazette – 4/25/10)
    Fewer than 10 percent of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States can read Braille, according to a study released last year by the National Federation of the Blind. More startling, according to the federation, only 10 percent of legally blind children are being taught Braille.
  • Creative Work: Blind Photographers (FWD – 7/17/10)
    I love looking at work by other disabled photographers, and when I discovered the Blind Photographers group on Flickr, I was drawn not only to the images, but to the way that people write about photography and their relationship with the lens and the camera.
  • Diet Linked to Macular Degeneration (The Republican – Sept. 2007)
    Risk factors for this condition and what may help to prevent it.
  • Legal Clinic for Blind May be a First (ABA Journal – Jan. 16, 2008)
    When attorney Nicholas Pomaro offers advice to clients at a Chicago legal aid clinic believed to be perhaps the only one in the country focusing on issues faced by those who are blind, he has one big advantage in understanding their concerns. He's blind, too…
  • Living with Vision Loss: A Resource for Caregivers
    Too often, older people with poor vision accept a greater loss of independence than necessary. Often, simple assistive devices or minor modifications to daily life can reduce the effects of vision loss.
  • First Cell Phone that Reads to the Blind and Dyslexic (Medical News Today – Jan. 28, 2008)
    An exciting product line that will revolutionize access to print for anyone who has difficulty seeing or reading print, including the blind and learning disabled.
  • National Federation of the Blind Applauds Landmark Court Ruling (Planet of the Blind – 10/11/12)
    The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which permits the distribution of millions of books to blind and print-disabled people.  The ruling in Authors Guild, Inc., et al., v. HathiTrust, et al held that providing access for students with print disabilities constitutes a “transformative use” under the fair use provision of the Copyright Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and that Section 121 of the Copyright Act (the “Chafee Amendment”) permits university libraries to digitize their collections for distribution and use by the blind.  As a result, the University of Michigan will now be permitted to make its entire 10 million volume digital collection available to all blind Americans, revolutionizing access to digital books by the blind and print disabled.
  • U.S. Department of Education Announces New App to Identify U.S. Currency (Ed.gov – 10/9/12)
    The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of the “IDEAL Currency Identifier,” a free downloadable application to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired to denominate U.S. currency on some mobile devices.
  • Vision Problems (AARP)
    There are many types of eye problems and visual disturbances. These include blurred vision, halos, blind spots, floaters, and other symptoms. 
  • When to Help a Blind Person? (Disability Tips – 8/2/12)
    Here’s a great video from Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison answering the question, when do you help a blind person in public?

Organizations & Services

  • Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Their mission: To advance the independence of people who are blind or visually impaired and help prevent vision loss through services and education.
  • Bookshare.Org
    Goal is to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Braille Bug (American Foundation for the Blind)
    Answers questions about what Braille is, and offers a reading club, games and secret messages.
  • Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind (benefits.gov)
    Grants are made to states to support services for individuals age 55 or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment difficult to obtain but for whom independent living goals are feasible.
  • National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)
    A non-profit advocacy organization comprised of a coalition of 55 professional, consumer and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research.
  • National Federation of the Blind
    The largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.
  • New Braille Display Finally Delivers the Whole Internet to the Blind
    A prototype hydraulic and latching mechanism could bring to blind computer users something they've never had before: a full-page. Right now, refreshable Braille displays are slow and unwieldy, allowing a user access to the equivalent of one line of text at a time. For this reason, the vast majority of Internet content and computer applications are unavailable to the blind. What's worse, these displays are often horribly expensive.

Resources: Websites & Blogs

  • American Foundation for the Blind
    The American Foundation for the Blind helps people with vision loss in every aspect of life— education, career, family, the technology people use, and the laws that shape our environment.
  • Blind Access Journal (blog)
    Darrell Shandrow's blog about the quest for the greatest possible access to all information available in the world around us.
  • Derek Paravicini
    Derek is an extraordinarily talented pianist, despite being blind and having severe learning difficulties. He plays entirely by ear, and has a repertoire of many thousands of pieces that he has memorised – jazz, pop and light classical – and he is a great improviser.
  • Fred's Head (blog)
    A database that contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people.
  • Michigan Blind/ VIsual Impairment Resources
    List of resources for both children and adults
  • Wayne County Library for the Blind
    They provide free books on tape, many resources, and an annual picnic