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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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Airbnb to offer more accessible rentals

Airbnb, the short-term rental company, knows it needs to do better when it comes to accessibility. The company announced on Thursday it is acquiring Accomable to help connect disabled travelers with more accessible-friendly rentals. The London-based startup is known as an Airbnb-like service for the mobility sector. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Airbnb’s […]

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Programs for visually impaired students face teacher shortage

The blind and visually impaired students make their way to the second-story classrooms at Addison Trail High School, hang their canes on hooks just outside the doorway, then run their fingertips across tables until they recognize the feel of foam shapes marking their assigned spots. For the rest of the school day, the 35 high […]

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Most Polling Places Inaccessible During 2016 Election, Report Finds

Less than 20 percent of polling places were fully accessible to people with disabilities during the 2016 election, according to a new government report that urges the U.S. Department of Justice to step in. The report released Thursday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that barriers were pervasive at American polling stations. Of the […]

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This Lancaster County woman wants to see all 59 national parks before she goes blind [video]

Laura Griffith hiked the rocky trails along the coast of the Channel Islands. She rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, paddled a kayak down the Rio Grande and led a group on horseback in the Northern Cascades. She’s seen the crystal blue waters of Crater Lake and the cactus blooms of […]

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