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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Matthew Shifrin, who has been working tirelessly for several years to spread audio and Braille Lego building instructions to children around the world, sits at a table filled with Lego blocks.

Lego Just Released Audio and Braille Instructions

The Lego Foundation has created both audio and braille instructions to build their Lego blocks for people who are blind or visually impaired. BY HANNAH NATANSON (Via THE WASHINGTON POST) Matthew Shifrin first discovered Legos when he thrust his hands deep inside a crate crammed full of the tiny brick toys. His babysitter, Lilya Finkel, [...]

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In the Brazil Burger King commercial, a blind man wearing a Burger King paper crown smiles while double-fisting two burgers.

Burger King in Brazil Breaks New Ground With Spot Featuring Blind Customer

In Brazil, Burger King takes steps toward inclusion airing ad with audio description that features a customer who is blind. BY MITCH REAMES (Via ADWEEK) It's the first ad that makes audio descriptions and SAP primary features. The goal of many food commercials is to trigger physical sensations like taste and smell by using the [...]

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A prescription bottle is placed beside a small, white, battery-operated device called a ScripTalk Station that reads aloud an RFID tag on the bottle.

Walmart Announces Rollout of ScripTalk Service, Providing Accessible Prescription Labels Across U.S.

Setting an important standard for Healthcare accessibility, Walmart rolls out nationwide audible prescription label service. BY RUSSELL SHAFFER (Via WALMART) When I was 10 years old, my parents took me to an optometrist for a routine eye exam. As a third grader, I thought the worst thing that could happen would be that I might [...]

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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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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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Bonnielin Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology with myopic macular degeneration herself, smiles in a head shot photo.

What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities

BY SUSIE NEILSON (Via NPR) Bonnielin Swenor has devoted her life to studying visual impairment in older adults. But for a long time, she didn't often discuss the motivation fueling her work — that she herself has low vision. Swenor, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, has myopic [...]

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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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