A young woman who is visually impaired uses a refreshable braille display to access the web on her laptop.

Researchers Are Making Memes Accessible to the Blind

Everyone loves a good meme. If you're blind or visually impaired though, most internet memes are not accessible. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are trying to change that. BY CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER (VIA ONEZERO) For the 1 million Americans who are legally blind, an increasingly large part of the internet is cut off to them. A young [...]

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Katherine Kern, whose sailing origins began with the SailBlind program, smiles on a dock in front of a row of sailboats.

‘To feel the wind’: Blind sailors take the helm in Boston Harbor

Limits were made for breaking – just ask sailors with vision loss. “There is a stereotype that if you’re blind, you can’t do anything,” says Katherine Kern, who has raced in world championships. BY NOAH ROBERTSON (VIA THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR) Katherine Kern, who first learned to sail in the SailBlind program, smiles on a [...]

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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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A man with his back facing the camera walks through a crosswalk in a bustling city.

Why Inclusive Cities Start with Safe Streets

Universal design aids in making inclusive cities for people with disabilities. New design guidelines from the American Society of Landscape Architects show us how to build them. BY DIANA BUDDS (VIA CURBED) The fight for more equitable cities is taking to the streets—literally. New street design guidelines from the American Society for Landscape Architecture (ASLA) [...]

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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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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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