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David D’Arcangelo Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Boston— David D’Arcangelo has been named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) effective August 27, 2018.   MCB supports Massachusetts residents who are legally blind or who have low vision with a progressive visual impairment to live and enjoy  full community participation. MCB serves approximately 20,000 consumers and has a budget of $33.5M in […]

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Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day (B.L.I.N.D.)

Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day (B.L.I.N.D.) (CANCELLED)

Due to the severity of the impending snowstorm, the BLIND Event has been moved from Tuesday, March 13, to Thursday, March 22. If you have already registered you do not need to register again. UPDATE: Due to additional weather related issues in Boston, the BLIND Event that was rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, March 22nd has […]

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Happy birthday, Braille: how writing you can touch is still helping blind people to read and learn

Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809, invented a tactile reading and writing system which transformed the lives of countless people with severe vision impairments or blindness. Braille was blind himself, and first came up with the idea for a form of writing you can read by touch while he was still at […]

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Four Misconceptions to Learning and Reading Braille

January Is Braille Awareness Month January is braille awareness month, in honor of Louis Braille, the inventor of the raised dot system of reading and writing. He was born January 4, 1809. If you were born without sight or limited vision, there is a very good chance you learned braille at an early age, and that is […]

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Meet the 16-year-old Pianist Who’s Being Called the Next Stevie Wonder

TODAY launches a new series, Boys Changing the World, with a profile of Matthew Whitaker, a gifted 16-year-old pianist who is blind and is being called the next Stevie Wonder. “It’s an honor to be compared to him, but there’s really only one Stevie,” Matthew tells Savannah Guthrie. Read more at article source: https://www.today.com/video/meet-the-16-year-old-pianist-who-s-being-called-the-next-stevie-wonder-1132708419548

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Carol Green talks about her braille system for the Navajo language, to her knowledge the only such system in existence, on Thursday in Farmington.

Local Teacher Develops Navajo Braille Code

As Carol Begay Green’s index finger moved along the Navajo braille code she developed, she read aloud a story about a boy and his monkey. Green, a teacher of the blind and visually impaired for the Farmington Municipal School District, has developed a braille code for the Navajo language. Braille is a system of raised […]

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This Blind Painter Defies Limitations to Create Stunning Works of Art

Forget what you think you know about being blind. There are blind people designing clothing and staffing factories. There are blind chefs, photographers, and writers. Quite simply, if your idea of blindness is of a person completely limited in all they do, you’re the one without vision. When John Bramblitt lost his sight, he thought his passion for painting would vanish too. But […]

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How A Textile Factory Empowers Its All-Blind Work Crew

The average sighted person can’t fathom how difficult it is to be blind. How tough it is to get around, meet people, or find work. Among this population, the unemployment rate is a startling 70 percent. That’s a striking number and some indicator of how much vision affects our lives. The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is […]

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Ahmet Ustunel, who is blind, paddles his kayak solo on San Francisco’s Lake Merced. His goal is to kayak across the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, his home country.

The Blind Captain’ Aims to Kayak Solo Across the Bosphorus With the Help of New Technology

This story by Laura Klivans originally appeared on PRI.org on November 7, 2017. It is republished here as part of a partnership between PRI and Global Voices. Ahmet Ustunel remembers his daily commute to high school well. He’d wake up at home, on the Asian side of Istanbul, Turkey, a city that straddles two continents. Then he would take a […]

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Teens create Rubik’s Cube for the blind

 Carson Mowrer and Sasha Thomas have been friends as long as they can remember. They share a love of science, technology, music and Rubik’s cubes. This passion for the cube has led them to study and learn the algorithms necessary to solve the puzzle. They have produced online tutorials on how to complete the task and […]

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