Standing in front of a red-carpet style backdrop, top scorer in the “Sophomore” category, Artenisa Osmani, smiles.

19th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge Winners

The 19th Annual New England Regional Braille Challenge is officially a wrap! This competition, a national program of the Braille Institute, encourages blind and visually impaired children to hone their braille skills which are essential to success in the sighted world. Regional winners could be eligible to go on to the Braille Challenge finals in Los Angeles [...]

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Deon Lyons stands on a bridge over a small river holding his cane. Hand over hand on top of his cane, he rests his chin on top of it while deep in thought.

The Maine Trust Project – Installment 8: Deon Lyons of Clinton

Deon Lyons lost his left eye when he was just 5 months old to retinoblastoma, a rare form of retinal cancer. Radiation used to treat his right eye when he was a child cost Lyons his sight, starting in 2010, and a series of strokes left him completely blind by 2016. Now, he’s battling cancer [...]

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New therapy for premature babies at risk of blindness

An Oregon doctor is working on a new therapy to make sure retinopathy of prematurity does not destroy a newborn baby’s vision. More and smaller premature babies are surviving than ever before. That’s leading to a rise in the number of cases of retinopathy of prematurity, or ROP. It’s a blinding eye disorder that the […]

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What Types of Digital Accessibility Clients Does The Carroll Center for the Blind Work With?

As Manager of Accessibility Services at The Carroll Center for the Blind, I am often asked what types of clients we work with to improve the accessibility of their digital footprint. There are a couple of different ways I can answer this question. One way is to list all of the different industry sectors we […]

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Disabled Not Making Gains They Should

THE SIGNS BROADCAST from storefronts: HELP WANTED.  The federal government says we have achieved “full employment,” that there are currently more jobs than people.  The news media reports on particular segments of the economy where a shortage of workers is threatening price stability and further economic growth. These should be banner days for those in […]

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Smart Glasses, Apps, Talking Appliances: How Tech For Blind People Is Getting Better

These glasses have a camera built into the bridge over the wearer’s nose, so that a remote viewer can see what is happening in front of the person wearing the glasses. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) From smart glasses with an integrated camera for reading, to apps that offer more independence and freedom, what's some of the best [...]

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Brian Charlson

How Being Blinded in an Accident Made Brian Charlson’s Life Better

Brian Charlson’s life changed forever on an afternoon long ago when he was alone in his family’s kitchen. Like many 11-year-old boys, he enjoyed experimenting with stuff. So he poured baking soda and vinegar into a glass bottle, screwed on the cap, and was ready to throw it into the blueberry bushes outside when it […]

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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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New Technology Would Improve Ways the Blind Navigate Public Transportation

  Living with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited disease of the retina, the 63-year-old said, “I’ve been losing vision all my life,” and became legally blind at age 37. He depends on the bus to take him from his home in Needham to his job at Newton’s Carroll Center for the Blind on Centre Street. […]

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Margarat Baba Diri

After Losing Her Sight, Legislator Works to Open Center for The Blind in Uganda

Margaret Baba Diri is scrolling through her iPhone, even if it doesn’t seem that way at first. The screen is dark, and she holds it at her chest, her finger swiping through the pages as an automated voice calls out the names of her apps until she lands on the one she wants. She is […]

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