Ramble Tag founders Laura Maclean and Tom Forsyth look at each other and laugh while demonstrating how to use an orange Ramble Tag guidance aid.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: The Story of Ramble Tag

BY LAURA MACLEAN AND TOM FORSYTH (Via Blind New World) The Ramble Tag is a guidance aid, designed specifically to improve the experience of guided walking and sport for visually impaired people. It was invented April 2018 by Laura Maclean and Tom Forsyth. Here’s their story. Laura: Tom is my neighbour, and because he is visually impaired, [...]

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Carla Burke, the 2019 Blind Employee of the Year, smiles outside of the Brooks Free Library in Harwich, MA.

2019 Carroll Society Award Winner Profile: Carla Burke

Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. Read more about Carla Burke, this year's Blind Employee of the Year, below. Carla Burke Carla Burke is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Brooks Free Library in [...]

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Kate Katulak, a 2019 Carroll Society Award inductee, smiles while working on a laptop at her desk at Perkins.

2019 Carroll Society Award Winner Profile: Kate Katulak

Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. Read more about Kate Katulak, one of this year's inductees, below. Kate Katulak Kate Katulak is the Assistant Director of College Success at Perkins, a nine-month residential program [...]

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Daniela Depina, a 2019 Carroll Society Award inductee, walks down a hallway to her office at Boston Council for Independent Living.

2019 Carroll Society Award Winner Profile: Daniela Depina

Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. Read more about Daniela Depina, one of this year's inductees, below. Daniela Depina Daniela Depina has been a dedicated Peer Advocate for the Center for Independent Living for [...]

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Pauline Dowell, a 2019 Carroll Society Award inductee, smiles while using a desktop video magnifier at her work station in the MIT Human Resource department.

2019 Carroll Society Award Winner Profile: Pauline Dowell

Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. Read more about Pauline Dowell, one of this year's inductees, below. Pauline Dowell Pauline Dowell is an Administrative Assistant to the head of Benefits for the Massachusetts Institute [...]

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Three Different Carroll Center Alumni Selected As Finalists For 2019 Holman Prize

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Holman Prize finalists! This ambitious group of blind and visually impaired individuals from around the world each have unique ideas for empowering themselves and others. We are excited to announce that three different Carroll Center for the Blind alumni—Trevor Attenberg, Pauline Dowell and Mona Minkara—all were chosen to be a part [...]

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Blind sailor, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto (left), celebrates his 2-month journey of crossing the Pacific ocean with his navigator, Doug Smith (right) on the bow of their sail boat.

Blind Japanese Sailor Completes Non-Stop Pacific Voyage

A blind Japanese sailor has completed a non-stop Pacific crossing, reportedly making him the first visually impaired person to do so. Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, 52, sailed the 8,700-mile (14,000 km) crossing with the help of a sighted navigator. His 12m (40 ft) yacht made port in Fukushima on Saturday morning, ending his two-month trip. He left [...]

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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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