Two images mashed together. The image on the left is from a meme featuring a man whistling while turning around to look at a woman passing by. The image on the right features hands typing on a refreshable braille keyboard.

Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

By Justin Caffier Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes. In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that she was [...]

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Two people sit in a recording studio. Vicki Green, host of Community Conversations on WXLO 104.5FM is on the left. Carroll Center for the Blind President and CEO, Greg Donnelly, is on the right.

Seeing What’s New – Community Conversations on WXLO 104.5 FM

Vicki Greene of WXLO 104.5 FM recently invited the Carroll Center for the Blind to join her in the studio for her Community Conversations segment. Each week, Greene has a 30-minute conversation where guests tell the story behind the story. President and CEO, Gregory J. Donnelly, joined her for a conversation about vision loss. To listen to [...]

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Carroll Center President Visits WBZ NightSide with Dan Rea

The Carroll Center for the Blind was invited to join NightSide with Dan Rea on WBZ NewsRadio 1030. The Carroll Center for the Blind President and CEO, Gregory J. Donnelly, spoke to veteran news journalist, Dan Rea, about vision loss. The special show featured a conversation about vision loss, the Center’s mission, and how people [...]

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Jan Pecorari, Executive Assistant to the President, talks on a corded phone while typing on the Perkins Brailler on her desk.

WBZ Cares Selects Carroll Center for the Blind as Featured Non-profit

Each month, Doug Cope and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 select an organization to profile through its public service initiative, WBZ Cares. We're thrilled to announce that WBZ NewsRadio has selected the Carroll Center for the Blind as the WBZ Cares featured non-profit during March. Tune in and listen every Wednesday throughout the month as they highlight [...]

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Standing in front of a red-carpet style backdrop, top scorer in the “Sophomore” category, Artenisa Osmani, smiles.

19th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge Winners

The 19th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge is officially a wrap! This competition, a national program of the Braille Institute, encourages blind and visually impaired children to hone their braille skills which are essential to success in the sighted world. Regional winners could be eligible to go on to the Braille Challenge finals in Los Angeles [...]

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Deon Lyons stands on a bridge over a small river holding his cane. Hand over hand on top of his cane, he rests his chin on top of it while deep in thought.

The Maine Trust Project – Installment 8: Deon Lyons of Clinton

Deon Lyons lost his left eye when he was just 5 months old to retinoblastoma, a rare form of retinal cancer. Radiation used to treat his right eye when he was a child cost Lyons his sight, starting in 2010, and a series of strokes left him completely blind by 2016. Now, he’s battling cancer [...]

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New therapy for premature babies at risk of blindness

An Oregon doctor is working on a new therapy to make sure retinopathy of prematurity does not destroy a newborn baby’s vision. More and smaller premature babies are surviving than ever before. That’s leading to a rise in the number of cases of retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. It’s a blinding eye disorder that the […]

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What Types of Digital Accessibility Clients Does The Carroll Center for the Blind Work With?

As Manager of Accessibility Services at The Carroll Center for the Blind, I am often asked what types of clients we work with to improve the accessibility of their digital footprint. There are a couple of different ways I can answer this question. One way is to list all of the different industry sectors we […]

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Disabled Not Making Gains They Should

THE SIGNS BROADCAST from storefronts: HELP WANTED.  The federal government says we have achieved “full employment,” that there are currently more jobs than people.  The news media reports on particular segments of the economy where a shortage of workers is threatening price stability and further economic growth. These should be banner days for those in […]

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Smart Glasses, Apps, Talking Appliances: How Tech For Blind People Is Getting Better

These glasses have a camera built into the bridge over the wearer’s nose, so that a remote viewer can see what is happening in front of the person wearing the glasses. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) From smart glasses with an integrated camera for reading, to apps that offer more independence and freedom, what's some of the best [...]

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