An aerial view from above Matthew Shifrin as he scales a rock climbing wall at an indoor climbing gym.

LEGO System Helps People Who Are Visually Impaired Reach New Heights at Rock Climbing Gym

BY DANA JACOBSON (VIA CBS NEWS) An aerial view from above Matthew Shifrin as he scales a rock climbing wall at an indoor climbing gym. BOSTON (CBS) – A 22-year-old blind entrepreneur is working to make rock climbing more accessible to the visually impaired. For its “Pushing The Limits” series, CBS This Morning profiled Matthew [...]

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These Glasses Give Sight Back to the Blind

FROM THE HENRY FORD'S INNOVATION NATION WITH MO ROCCA eSight's breakthrough electronic glasses enhance sight for people who are legally blind. eSight uses a cutting-edge camera, smart algorithms and high-resolution screens, to create a crystal clear, real-time image of what is in front of you. For more information, check out the video segment below from [...]

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A woman explores the built-in magnifier on an iPad at the Carroll Center's assistive device lab.

Assistive Technology Device Lab to Empower Individuals with Vision Loss

BY THE CARROLL CENTER FOR THE BLIND (VIA NEWTON PATCH) Through a partnership with the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, The Carroll Center for the Blind recently launched an assistive technology device lab to help individuals with vision loss to better understand and learn how to effectively use various devices that have the power to help them retain [...]

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Three people pose outside the recording studio at XLO Radio. From left to right; Greg Donnelly, Vicki Greene and Jennifer Harnish.

Visually Impaired Ready for the Job: 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 to discuss employment on her Community Conversations segment. Each week, Greene has a 30-minute conversation where guests tell the story behind the story. Gregory J. Donnelly, President & CEO, Carroll Center for the Blind and Jennifer Harnish, [...]

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Lyft is Offering Free Rides to Voters Who Need Them This Election Season

BY SYEDA KHAULA SAAD (VIA BUSTLE) Photo Credit: Mike Kemp/In Pictures/Getty Images In the 2016 general election, it's estimated that about 40% of American voters didn't cast a ballot. And according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, about 15 million of those people didn't make it out to the polls because of transportation [...]

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Comcast Newsmakers host, Jenny Johnson, sits across from Carroll Center for the Blind President and CEO, Greg Donnelly.

Comcast Newsmakers: Accessibility and the Vision Impaired

HOSTED BY JENNY JOHNSON (VIA COMCAST NEWSMAKERS) The Carroll Center for the Blind provides programs that empower people of all ages and all stages of vision loss to live full and independent lives. President and CEO, Greg Donnelly talks with Comcast Newsmaker host, Jenny Johnson, about the Carroll Center for the Blind's programs. View the [...]

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

Winners Announced: 20th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge

The 20th 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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A meme featuring two characters from Toy Story. With his arm around a terrified Woody, Buzz Lightyear points off in the distance. Text reads, "Inaccessible memes are everywhere."

Memes Still Aren’t Accessible to People Who Are Blind. What’s Being Done About It?

BY RACHEL E. GREENSPAN (VIA TIME) A meme featuring two characters from Toy Story. With his arm around a terrified Woody, Buzz Lightyear points off in the distance. Text reads, "Inaccessible memes are everywhere." If you’ve spent a lot of time on the internet in the last decade, you might immediately recognize this description: a [...]

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A side-profile close-up of deafblind lawyer and activist, Haben Girma.

Haben Girma: My Disability Has Been an Opportunity for Innovation

BY DANNY LEE (VIA THE GUARDIAN) A side profile close-up of deafblind lawyer and activist, Haben Girma. The cafeteria menu was only available in print when 19-year-old Haben Girma started at Lewis & Clark college in Portland, Oregon. “I asked the cafeteria manager to provide something that I as a deafblind student could access,” she [...]

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We Must Continue to Invest in Braille

BY GREGORY J. DONNELLY (VIA COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE)   Only 1 in 5 visually impaired school children read using Braille. IN A WORLD where technology is rapidly opening new doors for people with vision loss, most notably in the case of the smartphone and its applications that greatly aid navigation, shopping, and other activities, one might think [...]

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