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Iowa Is Issuing Gun Permits To The Legally Blind

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.09.2013 | Crime

In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind. The permits allow legally blind appl...

Homer, Heroic Blind 'Wonder Cat' Who Inspired Millions, Dies in New York at 16

Gwen Cooper | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Gwen Cooper

As I mourn Homer's death, I celebrate his life. Who could have foreseen, when I first adopted him as a tiny, blind kitten, all the lives he would touch, all the people who would love him, how much of a difference his life would make?

Blind Man Sees For First Time As Result Of Accident

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.31.2013 | Good News

Pierre-Paul Thomas didn't realize it at the time, but falling down a flight of stairs may have been the best thing he has ever done. As a result of...

A Seemingly Insane Idea That Actually Struck Gold

Ben Thomas | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgCould we create completely new senses unlike anything in human experience? What would it be like to experience such senses?

WATCH: Blind Golfing...Yes, it's possible. Eli Manning hosts 36th Annual Tournament

HooplaHa | Posted 09.16.2013 | Sports
HooplaHa

It's incredible what obstacles people overcome on a daily basis. Dick Pomo has been golfing with his wife Sharon for 20 years. He has also been blind...

20/20 Vision

Dr. Sanduk Ruit | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Throughout my career as an ophthalmologist, I have witnessed such amazing experiences when a patient is given the power of sight. The process of removing the bandages after surgery is quite miraculous.

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In her investigations into the causes of blindness, she discovered that poor people were more likely than the rich to be blind, and soon connected the mistreatment of the blind to the oppression of workers, women, and other groups, leading her to embrace socialism, feminism, and pacifism.

Doctor Aims To End Blindness In Developing World

live.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact

Dr. Geoffrey Tabin of the Himalayan Cataract Project joins Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about his mission to eradicate blindness in the developing world...

WATCH: You've Never Seen Baseball Played Like This

HooplaHa | Posted 07.17.2013 | Sports
HooplaHa

With baseball season starting up everyone is bringing out their bats and gloves, especially The Long Island Bombers. The Bombers are a group of baseball enthusiasts and athletes from New York, that just happen to be blind and visually impaired.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Jim Fruchterman

In the MPAA's "balanced" world, a system that works well in the United States -- and helps hundreds of thousands of people -- should be advocated against by our trade delegation? Huh?

Featured 50 Fiction: My Blindness Is Its Own Reward

Rich Seeley | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Rich Seeley

I have made my bed in darkness -- Job 17:13 Nobody here is from here. That is what I like about LA. It is a good place to be anonymous. You can live ...

The Eye of the Beholder: Why Fighting Trachoma Matters

Dr. Paul Emerson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Dr. Paul Emerson

Neglected diseases like trachoma may not be as well known as HIV/AIDS or malaria, but they also are not as far removed from the developed world as we think.

What Is It Like To Be Deafblind?

Quora | Posted 06.10.2013 | Health News
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Cristina Hartmann, Writer I'll tell you about what it's like to lose your sight as...

World's Tiniest Telescope Treats Blindness

Barbara Dehn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Thanks to technological advances in microsurgery and space-age breakthroughs, people like James Hindman with Age-related Macular Degeneration have new hope from the world's tiniest telescope that's implanted into the person's eye.

Video Game Helps The Blind Navigate Buildings

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A video game that uses a computer-generated layout of a building can help to prepare the blind ...

The Unseen Bean: Roasting Coffee in the Dark

Dark Rye | Posted 05.25.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

When you lose the use of one sense, the others become heightened. That's certainly true for Gerry Leary of Boulder, Colorado. Leary has been blind since birth, yet he operates a successful coffee roasting business and a café near Boulder's main pedestrian mall, Pearl Street.

Freaky Implant Lets Animals 'See' With Their Tails

Posted 02.28.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 02/27/2013 06:06 PM EST on LiveScience Eyes hooked up to the tail can help blinded tadpoles s...

Vision for the Blind: New Technologies Offer 'Second Sight'

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.29.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Ever since the patient's stroke, she'd been living in impenetrable darkness; tormented by memories of shapes and faces and letters, but powerless to perceive them in the world around her.

Seeing Sound and Touching Data: How New Senses Will Expand Your World

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

When I think back to the landlines and card catalogues of the 1950s, I'm amazed that people managed to work and think so efficiently under those constraints. What, then, will our grandchildren think of our touch screens and wireless networks - and with what senses will they look back?

Bionic Eyes and Science's Big Step Forward

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard Steven Friedman

This past week, the FDA approved the Argus Retinal Prosthesis System ("Argus II"), a medical device that is truly a major step forward.

Documentary Envisions What the Blind Can Teach the Sighted About Truly Seeing

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Perry Garfinkel

Garrett Zevgetis met a young woman around whom he felt a dramatic narrative could be built to tell a story about something more than beauty -- something about facing fear, facing down fear and finally of overcoming whatever obstacles life hurls at us.

Things That Drive Me Up The Wall

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 03.20.2013 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I never cease to be amazed by some of the things I read, hear and observe. Television commercials in particular cause me to scratch my head and ponder. It boggles my mind to realize that before these are released to the public they're actually approved by an infinite number of people.

WATCH: How Blind People Use Instagram

Posted 01.04.2013 | Technology

Tommy Edison, described by Gizmodo as the "positively radiant blind film critic," has created a YouTube clip, in which he describes his experience wit...

Blind Filmmaker's Amazing Story Will Open Your Eyes

HooplaHa | Posted 02.12.2013 | Good News
HooplaHa

When faced with an obstacle as severe as vision loss most would throw up their hands and accept their newfound misfortune. Some refuse to give in.

Erik Weihenmayer: Redefining Limits

SnagFilms | Posted 02.11.2013 | Sports
SnagFilms

Erik Weihenmayer is a man whose ambition, drive, and performance reject any notion of disability. He is one of the world's most adventurous people, as he is a blind skier, runner, biker, skydiver and climber.