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Carroll Center Extends Partnership with Samsung Electronics to Test New Smart TV Innovation and Accessibility Features

The Carroll Center for the Blind is continuing its partnership with Samsung Electronics, which began in 2013, by conducting user testing of the new Smart TV portfolio with blind and visually impaired consumers. The Carroll Center for the Blind, a vision rehabilitation center with more than 75 years of experience in training individuals to live… Continue Reading Carroll Center Extends Partnership with Samsung Electronics to Test New Smart TV Innovation and Accessibility Features

Samsung Smart TV in silver

Comcast rep showing off the new accessibility features of the X1 platform

Comcast hosts Pre-Oscar Party at the Carroll Center

Comcast recently announced it is partnering with organizations dedicated to serving people with visual disabilities to bring the company’s new voice guidance technology to more people. The “talking guide” is a feature on the X1 platform that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names, and time slots as well as DVR and On Demand… Continue Reading Comcast hosts Pre-Oscar Party at the Carroll Center


Safe Home Project – A Hazard-Free Home for Seniors with Vision Problems

The following blog entry was originally posted on Vision Loss and Personal Recovery.   Do you have any of these in your home? Steps and stairs without railings Clutter and unorganized spaces Tripping hazards such as cords running across the travel paths Corner of a bedspread drooping onto the floor Furniture in the travel path… Continue Reading Safe Home Project – A Hazard-Free Home for Seniors with Vision Problems

Joe Kolb standing on our basement bulkhead steps demonstrating how hazardous they are without a railing.

Two sets of hands reading braille

Braille Challenge sets high expectations for blind students

(Reuters Health – link to original article) – More than a thousand visually impaired students are receiving the rare opportunity for head-to-head competition against their peers as the Braille Challenge begins across the U.S. and Canada. “For children with any disability, typically less is expected of them,” said Nancy Niebrugge of the Braille Institute in… Continue Reading Braille Challenge sets high expectations for blind students


January is National Braille Literacy Month

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille, who originally developed the Braille code nearly 200 years ago. Braille was born January 4, 1809, and developed the code of raised dots to make text readable for individuals, like himself, who were blind. For many years, there has been a growing debate… Continue Reading January is National Braille Literacy Month

Carroll Center Student Reading Braille

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CVS Health Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments

New service expands CVS Health’s offerings to the blind community   Woonsocket, Rhode Island (January 5, 2015) – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it now offers the ScripAbility prescription accessibility system through its mail service pharmacy to CVS/caremark members who are blind or visually impaired. The system includes ScripTalk talking prescription labels as… Continue Reading CVS Health Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments


Tackling Unemployment for the Vision Impaired

Autumn 2014 brought with it unemployment numbers below 6%; levels we haven’t seen July 2008. Jobless claims have slowly but steadily improved since their peak at 10% in October 2009. While the nation as a whole enjoys a healthier employment market, the same doesn’t hold true for the blind and vision impaired. A staggering 75%… Continue Reading Tackling Unemployment for the Vision Impaired

Job fair attendee speaks with potential employer (photo credit: Perkins)

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UMass Boston Online Masters of Education: Vision Studies

Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education (NERCVE) and the University of Massachusetts Boston are proud to offer graduate degree programs in the following areas: Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment Orientation and Mobility Specialist Vision Rehabilitation Therapist The Carroll Center for the Blind is recruiting qualified candidates interested in a Masters Degree to provide educational… Continue Reading UMass Boston Online Masters of Education: Vision Studies


Carroll Center Board Member Gives Moving Ted Talk

Lotfi Merabet, neuroscientist and Carroll Center for the Blind board member, recently gave a Ted Talk at TedxCambridge. “Blindness has nothing to do with living in the dark. Behind eyes that don’t see is a brain that does see. In fact, blind people use the same visual centers of the brain that sighted people do,… Continue Reading Carroll Center Board Member Gives Moving Ted Talk

Lotfi Merabet headshot