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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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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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 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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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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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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A set of item locators: a pager with three color-coded buttons and three individual receivers (green, blue and red).

Always losing your lucky socks?

BY THE CARROLL STORE We've all lost things before. It's the worst feeling. Keys, wallets, phones—maybe even a pair of your lucky socks—there’s no shortage of things to misplace. Nothing is more distressful when we can't find our favorite communication devices. Because many of us rely on our phones, tablets and computers for daily life [...]

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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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