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How the Blind Navigate Cities

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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 07.01.2016 | 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 06.28.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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 06.11.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

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.

Grateful For Gloria and Seeing the World Without 20/20

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
Kay Tacke Morse

Here's to the Glorious tree and her two apples that fell near. Thank you to the Glorias of the world. For the beautiful manner in which you decide to live your life, despite your lack of sight and "seeing" more than most of us with 20/20.

Agents of Change: 5 Captivating Souls Generating Positive Change

Greg Archer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Good News
Greg Archer

Five years ago, Dennis officially launched his company with a bold intention: to help people feel better, and combat the fear and division in the world, mostly with the assistance of a big yellow badge boasting the phrase "this is a good sign."

4 Lessons from Luis Lang's Lost Eyesight

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Mr. Lang's story has gone viral in the world of health news because it takes place in a state where politicians punish people for being flawed and vulnerable -- in other words, for being people.

Making Online and e-Learning Accessible to All

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

American teens spend an average of seven hours a day connected to their electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.). So it you want to get into the hearts and minds of young people today, you have to where they are: online.

Teen Beauty Vlogger Won't Let Blindness Keep Her From Flawlessly Doing Her Makeup

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Teen

Despite losing her eyesight about two years ago, Lucy Edwards has mastered her daily beauty routine -- no mirror required. Lucy, 19, lost sight in ...

Roseanne Barr Is Going Blind. Here's What You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

In an interview last week with The Daily Beast, actress Roseanne Barr revealed that she is slowly going blind. Barr, 62, hasn't lost her vision yet...

How Do Blind Computer Programmers Code?

Quora | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Quora

I am totally blind and I work for Google, writing changes to the ranking algorithm. As part of my experience, and I believe from many other blind programmers, the way that we program is not that different from our sighted colleagues.

On Falling and Getting Back Up

Melissa Finefrock | Posted 06.24.2015 | Good News
Melissa Finefrock

I didn't hear or feel my leg break. All I knew was there was a giant, roaring monstrosity sitting just feet away from me with maybe five minutes left until takeoff. If I screamed, would anyone hear me? Was it standard procedure for transit officials to check the tracks before departure?

Jesse Rifkin

How One Painter Feels The Colors On The Canvas After Losing His Sight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts

"One of the last things I ever saw before completely losing my sight was the planet Saturn," John Bramblitt recalls wistfully. "I’d seen photos of i...

Roseanne Barr Reveals She Is Slowly Going Blind

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment

Roseanne Barr revealed she is losing her vision in a candid interview with the Daily Beast. She made the revelation while discussing her love of m...

'Feeling Van Gogh' Helps Visitors Who Are Visually Impaired Experience The Artist's Work

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.17.2015 | Arts

Lay your eyes on a Vincent van Gogh masterpiece like his radiant "Sunflowers" and you'll notice the way paint is so generously layered onto the canvas...

Am I Really Blind? Adapting to Adaptive Technology

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Belo Cipriani

It isn't just movies contributing to a false perception of disability, but also the lack of disabled faces in popular culture at large. Maybe someday there will be a hip show with a funny, romantic or even slutty disabled protagonist. But, until then, I'll just keep flashing my tech toys around.

My Very Own Miracle

Tricia McCallum | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

Threading needles is out, as is focusing my beloved 35 mm Nikon. But I've embraced the digital world of photography. I can't bowl or play tennis to save my life and you wouldn't want me pitching for your ball team. The fact is I couldn't do any of that before anyway.

I Am More Than My Disability

Belo Cipriani | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Belo Cipriani

When I attend social functions, people focus on my disability. No matter how hard I try to discuss the news or the hottest restaurant, people always revert back to my lack of sight. And at gay parties, people tend to ask more intimate questions.

These Beeping Easter Eggs Allow Kids With Vision Loss To Get Egg-Static About The Hunt, Too

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.06.2015 | Good News

For kids who celebrate Easter, the egg hunt is one of best parts about the holiday. So when David Hyche's blind 10-year-old daughter, Rachel, was u...

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Catriona Wallis

Our meeting with Marco was more fascinating than imagined. He described the eight reference points on a screen that a blind person uses to navigate. He told us about software and hardware that make mobile devices accessible to the blind.

A Blind Man's Take on Beauty in the Gay Community

Belo Cipriani | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Belo Cipriani

While I have learned to do everything the blind way, I always find myself teaching others how to interact with me -- something I've become better at with time. And, one of the main themes I battle with, especially in the gay community, is the importance of beauty.

As His Wife Goes Blind, Loving Husband Secretly Does This Sweet Gesture Every Day

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.02.2015 | Good News

Unconditional love knows no boundaries. In this short film called “Blind Devotion,” produced by the Jubilee Project, we see a married couple r...

My Deaf and Blind Daughter Beat the Odds Because I Expected Her To

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

All of this is why moments of academic achievement in the life of a child categorized as deaf-blind by school districts, a child a kindergarten teacher once called "unteachable" to my face, is worthy of a party.

The Today Show and Guiding Eyes: It Takes a Village

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 04.29.2015 | Good News
Stephen Kuusisto

Watching Today I'm heartened by the cast and crew's enthusiasm for the guide dog movement and I'm reminded that it really does take a village to breed, raise, and train every single service dog.