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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 a deaf pe...

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.

Blind Scientist Explains How Sightless 'See' Reality

Posted 10.03.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 10/03/2012 12:31 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Paul Gabias has never seen a table. He was born prematurely an...

Two New Books Testify to the Power of Music

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Alan Elsner

Two new books share an important attribute -- an unshakable belief that Bach, Mozart and Schubert elevate the human spirit and have the power to comfort us, to inspire us and to overcome even the greatest challenges.

Obama Proved Right -- Again! -- on Stem Cell Research

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

I want to know where the candidates stand on issues of such vital importance as research to cure disease and disability -- and I am not reassured by the "just trust us" attitude of the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Blind Girl Denied Use Of Cane; Museum Says It Was A Misunderstanding

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.03.2012 | Parents

A museum in New Hampshire has apologized for refusing to allow an 8-year-old blind girl named Abby Duffy to use her white cane inside the museum, WMU...

Resources to Help Seniors With Low Vision

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.26.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Unfortunately, there are nearly 2 million Americans, like your wife, living with macular degeneration today, making everyday tasks like cooking dinner, reading the newspaper or watching television extremely challenging. Here are some resources that can help.

The Image of Vision

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.16.2012 | Impact
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Tunnel vision. It's a term that we throw around to express either how focused we are on a project or when a person only sees something from their point of view. Meet Jamellia, who has a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which causes her to experience tunnel vision.

Not All Students Are Treated Equally in Today's Digital Era: A Call for Accessible Technology in Higher Education

Sean Devine | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
Sean Devine

Together, we can ensure that no student is left behind as a result of his or her print-related disability as we continue our path in the digital revolution of higher education.

Fighting For His Vision: First Time Filmmaker Races Against Blindness

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact
Turnstyle

By: Noah J. Nelson First time filmmaker Jack Marchetti doesn't know how long it will be until he loses his sight. "The main problem I have is just n...

Dispute With School Principal Allegedly Leads To Georgia Teacher's SUV Being Vandalized

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

Elizabeth Nilson, a Georgia elementary school teacher, is standing in front of her vandalized SUV. And she believes that the incident has something to...