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7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

This Ring Reads Books And Magazines To The Blind

AP | By RODRIQUE NGOWI | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finge...

Out of Sight

Roz Warren | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Yale student and aspiring actress Nicole Kear learned during a routine eye exam at age 19 that she had an incurable progressive eye disease (retinitis pigmentosa) and would be blind by the time she was 30. There was no treatment available.

Here's Why You Should Take A Yoga Class This Sunday

Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living

On Sunday, June 1, if you happen to stop by your local yoga studio, you might help raise money to support an important cause: eradicating blindness an...

Emma MacLean: How Disability Is Represented in Theater

Wesleyan University | Posted 05.29.2014 | College
Wesleyan University

Although I had never considered myself an activist, my work in my American Sign Language class inspired me to learn more about the world of disabilities.

This Boy Is Going Blind, So He's Not Wasting A Single Moment

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.02.2014 | Parents

Ben Pierce was born prematurely and only weighed one pound and six ounces. According to USA Today, his eyelids were fused shut at birth, which has cau...

Blind People Describe Beauty As 'Joy,' 'Truth,' And 'Feeling Alive' In This Profound Video

Posted 04.24.2014 | Good News

Listening to the birds chirping outside, enjoying the smell of freshly baked cookies, experiencing the sensation of grass caressing the bottoms of you...

Book of Odds Looks at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Part 2

Amram Shapiro | Posted 06.01.2014 | Sports
Amram Shapiro

Only elite runners have a shot of winning, but all 36,000 entrants can dream, can't they? By this Walter Mitty standard, each entrant is more than five times more likely to win the Boston Marathon than to die running it.

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Nomin Dari

Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is also the recipient of the first Fulbright Scholarship awarded to a blind Mongolian student.

The Advice I Should Have Missed My Train To Give

Blessing Offor | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Blessing Offor

Avoid bitterness. Let go of the things that people say or do out of ignorance. You would probably do the same thing if you didn't know better. And for the days that your molehill does look more like a mountain, climb that mountain with as much style and grace as you can muster.

8 Stunning Portraits Capture Blindness In A Different Light

Posted 01.31.2014 | Arts

"My father-in-law is going more and more blind each time I visit him. I am conscious how much his focus is changing. He used to look at me, but now he...

When a Therapy Dog Becomes Blind: Meet Dutchess, the Subject of a New Children's Book

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Jeryl Brunner

The golden retriever with the giant smile and giving heart continues to see the good in any situation and brings joy to others wherever she goes.

Dogs on the Playing Field

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Some argue these problems could be prevented by requiring service dog users to carry identification cards. But there's a good reason we're not compelled to do this -- my disability is my business and not yours.

Blind Insight: The Florida Governor's Race as 'Seen' By a Blind Floridian

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

It was a cool blustery morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. It had taken us well over an hour to travel there through the frustrating traffic of Tampa and across the bay to Pinellas County.

The Mayor of Mayors

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Whether in your home town, your place of work, house of worship or social network, we all bear the responsibility and possess the opportunity to bring some light to our environments and our world.

Cure Blindness

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

The local staff is critical as they are the ones, who before the doctor arrives, go to the villages and seek out the patients. The staff also organizes the place where the cataract surgery occurs. Often these places are primitive in nature.

Why The Blind Have A Hard Time Getting Hired

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Back in the late 1980s, when Maura Mazzocca was a human resources administrator with a Boston-area firm, a blind man showed u...

Man's Hilarious Description Of Growing Up Blind Will Remind You To Look On The Bright Side

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.01.2013 | Good News

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to grow up without your vision? YouTube sensation Tommy Edison was born blind, and he hasn't shied aw...

The True Cost of Poor Vision

Kathy Spahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

This World Sight Day, I encourage everyone to support eye health programs benefiting those in the U.S. and around the world so that we can eliminate this unnecessary and costly barrier to education, economic growth and a better quality of life for all.

World Sight Day

Blake Mycoskie | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Blake Mycoskie

While some of these stats and stories are very serious, we've decided to have a little fun with our participation in World Sight Day this year: we're asking you to #BESHADY with the TOMS community on October 10.

Seeing A Brighter Future For The World's Poor

Jenny Hourihan | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Jenny Hourihan

The economic consequences and social ramifications of visual impairment in the developing world are astounding. It is difficult for visually impaired people to work, and the unemployment rate among the blind has been estimated to be as high as 90%.

Strangers on a Train

Charlie Carillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It's sad, crazy and ridiculous at the same time, like something Larry David would come up with for a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode.

Ever Wonder How A Blind Person Thinks About Outer Space?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.10.2013 | Science

How does a person who can't see conceptualize such intangible concepts as outer space, sunrise, being up high, looking far down or the horizon? Watch ...

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?