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Training The Differently Abled For A Brighter Future

Erandi Palihakkara | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Erandi Palihakkara

India's increasing population of differently abled individuals means that the need for educational and employment resources is apparent now more than ever.

Paralympic Medals Rattle So Visually Impaired Athletes Can Identify Them

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 09.13.2016 | Good News

Paralympic medal winners now look and sound like champions. That’s because when the gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2016 games in Rio are sha...

ARISE Impact Makes a Presence in the US to Increase Employability Among the Visually Challenged

Erandi Palihakkara | Posted 07.25.2016 | Impact
Erandi Palihakkara

This year, Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education Impact (ARISE Impact) was one of the few nonprofits that were handpicked to showcase their ...

Listening To Pornhub's Audio Erotica In Public Made Me A Sexual Populist

Inverse | Posted 07.05.2016 | Technology

The goal is to provide a product for the visually impaired, and DA is successful in that regard. But it also does something else: It allows for private porn consumption in public.

Learning To Navigate The World Through The Eyes Of A Guide Dog

Belo Cipriani | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Belo Cipriani

It's absolutely amazing to have a partner who is always watching out for danger. Sometimes, it's almost as if my guide dog could talk to me. Looking back, though, I was hesitant to get a dog.

Pornhub Wants To Be More Accessible To The Blind

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.25.2016 | Technology

There are more than 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, but not many porn websites cater to them. Fortunately, Pornhub...

Rising for Innovation at the Collaborative: How ARISE Impact is Shaping the World of the Visually Challenged Through Special Education Modules

Erandi Palihakkara | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Erandi Palihakkara

Founded in 2010 by the vision and mission of Abhishek Syal, ARISE Impact is changing the world as we know it. Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Ed...

'Please Touch the Art': A Short Documentary With an Impactful Message

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 05.19.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Hung in every gallery, museum and exhibition across the world are signs that read, "Please Do Not Touch the Artwork." A simple request that exists for...

These Glasses Read Text Out Loud To People Who Are Visually Impaired

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Good News

Raise your glasses! OrCam is a device that reads text aloud to people who are visually impaired or legally blind. All someone has to do is attach the ...

How Apple Changed The Life Of A Legally Blind Filmmaker

Sara Ruthnum | Posted 03.24.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Sara Ruthnum

Rath is pushing the boundaries of everyday tech. His MacBook connects him to the world in ways you and I couldn't even imagine.

Toyota Introduces Wearable Device For The Blind

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.09.2016 | Technology

Toyota is exploring its catchphrase, “Let’s Go Places,” from an unexpected angle. The Japanese automaker has developed a wearable device aimed a...

Self-Acceptance Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Andrea Mai | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Andrea Mai

Today I feel that I can openly discuss my disability because I feel self-acceptance for myself. It took most of my life so far to get here, but now I can look back and appreciate the journey to get to this place in my life.

That Commercial Was for What??

Yvonne B Garris | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Yvonne B Garris

I want to challenge all advertisers to make your commercials clear to all consumers not just those gifted with sight. Companies are losing business because one segment of the population cannot decipher what you are trying to promote.

A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired

XPRIZE | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology

By Joni Blecher When a group of students at the University of Washington saw a fellow classmate struggling with big heavy Braille books to study, i...

3D Versions Of Masterpieces Bring Art To The Visually Impaired

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.02.2015 | Arts

For centuries, people with limited vision have heard about artworks like the "Mona Lisa" through verbal description, imagining her famously bewitching...

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 o...

Civic Tech: Why We Need to Focus on Problems That Really Matter

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 06.06.2016 | Technology
Lisa Abeyta

By deploying all-weather beacons throughout the park and integrating the beacons with a unique smart phone app as well as an Apple Watch app, our mobile platform will make it possible for the park to deliver interactive, auditory and haptic alerts and instructions to park visitors.

Architect Who Lost Sight Becomes Pioneer For Visually Impaired Community

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts

by Rory Stott This story originally appeared on ArchDaily As part of their #ILookUp campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the ar...

How Do Blind Computer Programmers Code?

Quora | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology

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.

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.

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.

Military Members Who Lost Vision While Serving Find New Purpose Through Sports

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.10.2015 | Good News

At a school in Baltimore, Maryland, blind veterans are partaking in a uniquely therapeutic activity. This week, a group of active-duty military me...

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.