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This App Helps People With Visual Impairments Watch Movies

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology

A new app allows visually impaired people to watch movies without missing the key scenes, offering them full audio descriptions of what is happening ...

A Four-Sense Morning: What Blindness is Like

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 10.30.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

This summer, a colleague asked me to read All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. She wanted to know if the depiction of blindness within the book is realistic. I dove in and was transported.

Four Different Ways to Talk With Deafblind People

Vladimir Cuk | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Vladimir Cuk

The possibilities for greater inclusion of people with deafblindness, along with other disabilities, are growing as more governments recognize their rights, as technology develops, and as we shift the way we see disability.

First Blind Runner to Ascend Inca Trail Nonstop to Machu Picchu

Charles Scott | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Charles Scott

How would you respond if you lost your vision? Would you feel sorry for yourself? Fall into a depression? Dan Berlin decided to become a marathoner. A...

A Chat With Beth Vrabel About Her Middle Grade Novel "A Blind Guide to Stinkville"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In Beth Vrabel's funny, touching middle grade novel "A Blind Guide to Stinkville," a spunky 12- year old named Alice moves with her family from Seattle to a small paper mill town in South Carolina. In Seattle, Alice's blindness and albinism were almost a non-issue.

Couple Sees Each Other For The First Time After Decades Of Blindness

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.14.2015 | Arts

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Can You See Me?

Yvonne B Garris | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Yvonne B Garris

Granted the visually impaired population is small. But it is unfortunately growing, and companies need to start to open their eyes and find ways to include this population.

Poor Individuals With Disabilities Open Up About Feeling 'Ashamed,' Finding Dignity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact

As the deadline looms for the U.N. to adopt its Sustainable Development Goals, people with disabilities are exposing their challenges for all the worl...

Help Us Spread a Message of Hope for this Child with Usher Syndrome

Katharine Rose | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Katharine Rose

When I think of Emma, my niece and goddaughter, I think of her big, bright blue, angelic eyes. They are staring up at me, at seven months old, trusting, innocent eyes that eventually succumb to the spellbinding power of sleep in the arms of someone she had not yet come to know.

Blind to Menopause

Joanna Charnas | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

For a brief time in 2011 to 2012, I lost a third of my vision. Menopause was to blame. At first, I thought I'd damaged my glasses. I went to an optome...

Blind People See Race Differently, And Perhaps More Wisely

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.25.2015 | Science

Most of us take note of another person's race. We check it off almost automatically, and we do it based on looks. But blind people can't make such sn...

Pointless Grooveways

Rick Steves | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

All over Europe, well-meaning grooved lanes, designed to help guide the canes of blind people, slice through sidewalks. But invariably, these paths ar...

Woman Sees For The First Time In Years Thanks To Bionic Eye

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living

WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco More than a decade after losing her eyesight, Carmen Torres can finally see aga...

Reality Behind the Label

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

I as guilty of stopping with surface identification as some people are when they just see my blindness and don't go beyond?

What This Former Nude Model Gained When She Lost Her Sight At 26

OWN | Posted 07.23.2015 | OWN

In 2001, Beth Finke sat in an "Oprah Show" audience and listened to a discussion about a topic particularly meaningful to many men and women: aging gr...

'Miracle' Gene Therapy To Cure Blindness Also Strengthens The Brain | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 07/20/2015 07:11 AM EDT on LiveScience Treating people who are blind with gene therapy can not only restore their visi...

How to Protect Your Eyes From Macular Degeneration

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight, and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get it. Here's what you should know.

The Properties of Desire

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.08.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Are my students ever eager for knowledge in the way that I am eager for this new partnership? If not, why? What do we do or don't we do in education to make learning a keen, riveting, consuming source of excitement?

5 Questions to a Pedestrian: Trevor Thomas, the Blind Hiker

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Stefan Szepesi

The 5QTAP series features questions to inspiring walkers from across the globe. At age 35 Trevor Thomas heard he was turning completely blind. Wit...

Outrage of the Month: FDA Makes Major Blunder After Approving Drug for Rare Sleep Disorder

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Michael Carome, M.D.

Federal regulators are human, and, like everyone else, they make mistakes. The public reasonably expects that, upon discovering a significant mistake, regulators will take appropriate action to correct it.

How the Blind Navigate Cities

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Jared Green

The blind are far from a monolithic group. There are those who are congenitally blind, meaning they had no eye sight at birth, and then there are those who became blind later in life.

Curing My Blindness By Turning Off My Smartphone

Nicole C. Kear | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole C. Kear

Before you can say "digital detox" I was in the throes of an awakening, the "once-was-blind-but-now-I-see" variety. This was particularly meaningful because I am, in fact, going blind.

Blindness vs. California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #6

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

When I was ten I fell on a bamboo stick, which penetrated my right eye. The doctor taped a patch over it and said that was all he could do, we would just have to wait and see. What did that mean?

A Simple Wish: Rachael's Story

Sarah Cannata | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Sarah Cannata

Kids such as 9 year-old Rachael have experienced more hospital visits and grit their teeth through more ongoing treatment than I ever have. Maybe more than you have too.

WATCH: Widow Finds Purpose in Raising Guide Dogs

HooplaHa | Posted 06.15.2015 | Good News

Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, Connecticut. After her husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds in the process. In an effort to implement better structure in her life, she became a raiser for Guiding Eyes For the Blind.