A female Carroll center summer student wears full fencing equipment during a media interview.

How Fencing Helps Students Who Are Blind Navigate The World

WGBH News showcases how learning to fence can help visually impaired teenagers become more independent travelers with improved confidence. BY GABRIELLE EMMANUEL (VIA WGBH NEWS) Like many competitive sports, fencing requires quick reflexes and physical grace — but it does not necessarily require the ability to see. Fencing helps people who are blind and visually [...]

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Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, trains a client who is visually impaired how to format his word document professionally.

Carroll Center Assistive Technology Instructor Featured on FSCast Podcast to Discuss Work, Formatting Documents

David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, talks formatting Word documents on FSCast Podcast BY FSCAST (FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC'S OFFICIAL PODCAST) For blind or visually impaired students headed to college, being able to format Word documents professionally is a crucial skill to have in your pocket. The visual appearance of the [...]

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A young girl who is visually impaired plays a game on her tablet to help learn orientation.

How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Tablet games are more than just fun for students with visual impairments BY WADE TYLER MILLWARD (Via EdSurge) Marty Schultz has added a twist to hangman, the classic word-guessing game. His tablet-run version of the game has the same goal: pick letters to figure out a mystery word. But to pick a letter, you run [...]

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Jennifer Harnish,Director of Rehabilitation Services, walks up a flight of stairs with her guide dog at the Natick T station.

$40M OK’d to Make Natick Center T Station Accessible to Disabled

BY JEFF MALACHOWSKI (Via METROWEST DAILY NEWS) The state Capital Investment Program approved by the DOT and MBTA boards last week includes funding for two major transportation projects in the region. NATICK - Jennifer Harnish walks more than a half-mile from her downtown home to the Natick Center commuter rail station each day to catch [...]

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An EBSCO UX Designer learns about accessibility during a training session with the Carroll Center for the Blind's Accessibility Services Team.

Web Accessibility: An EBSCO UX Designer’s Perspective

BY WENDEE FIORILLO (Via EBSCOpost) EBSCO Information Services has partnered with The Carroll Center for the Blind, using accessible design to create a better user experience for all researchers. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) Lead UX Engineer Wendee Fiorillo writes about the Carroll Center partnership and its impact on all users. EBSCO Information Services recently partnered with The Carroll Center [...]

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The silhouettes of many people gathered on a beach. The sun shines on the horizon just over their outlines.

Walking the Talk: How Businesses Can Help Build Strong Communities

BY DOUG MARSHALL (Via TRIPLEPUNDIT) Being a force for good in the world is more important than ever. The challenges our communities face are mounting quickly— including education, jobs, poverty, health, climate, public safety, and energy. But if we look again with a fresh perspective, behind these challenges lie opportunities for us to learn, adapt, [...]

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Harry Clark, a young man who recently graduated from wellesley high school, smiles during an interview with CBS Boston about his next steps.

Wellesley Teen Finds Inspiration To Graduate After Losing Vision Senior Year

BY PAUL BURTON (Via CBS Boston) WELLESLEY (CBS) – There’s no doubt in Harry Clark’s mind that he would walk across the stage and graduate with his class at Wellesley High School. What he didn’t know is that he would be doing it blind. “It was an amazing experience. I felt like I did it. [...]

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Kate Katulak smiles with her nominating supervisor at the 2019 Carroll Society Awards she was recognized at.

Making A Positive Impact for the Visually Impaired

BY ANGELA THOMA (Via WATERTOWN TAB) At 15-years-old, Kate Katulak lost her perfect vision. After falling ill, Katulak experienced an array of odd symptoms, landing her in the hospital for three months. She said her symptoms ranged from feeling like her face was melting off to extreme headaches, which caused her to pass out and [...]

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Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, pictured using VoiceOver on his phone, recently appeared on the Eyes On Success podcast.

Discussing Formatting Documents Like A Pro with David Kingsbury on Eyes On Success

BY PETER TORPEY AND NANCY GOODMAN TORPEY (Via Eyes On Success) The visual appearance of documents that you create can have a big impact on how they are received by others. The Carroll Center for the Blind’s own Assistive Technology Instructor, David Kingsbury, appeared on the June 12, 2019 episode of the Eyes On Success [...]

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Bill Reynolds (left), Manual Arts Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, teaches a young woman (right) who is blind about safe tool use in the wood shop.

Visualizing Through One’s Hands: Bill Reynolds

BY CHRISTOPHER BROWNER (Via Taft Bulletin, Spring 2019) “IT IS AN IMPRESSIVE LINE in elevator talk to say that I teach newly blind adults to use power tools,” says Bill Reynolds ’69. After a 35-year career as a painter and muralist in Washington, D.C., and Boston, Reynolds became a woodworking instructor at the Carroll Center [...]

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