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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EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design

IPSWICH, Mass. (May 16, 2019) — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced a partnership in which the two organizations will work together to improve and enhance the experience across EBSCO products for users with a varying array of disabilities. The Carroll Center for the Blind, based in Newton, [...]

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A collage of the four 2019 Carroll Society Awardees. Clockwise from top left; Carla Burke, Kate Katulak, Pauline Dowell and Daniela Depina

Carroll Society Award Winners – 2019

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. These Awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies by their outstanding ability and job performance. Individuals are chosen because, despite [...]

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A woman uses a laptop to access a digital document. Her white cane is folded up on the desk next to the laptop.

Strategic Partnership to Improve Online Access to Digital Documents for the Visually Impaired

NEWTON, Mass. (April 29, 2019) – The Carroll Center for the Blind of Newton, Mass., and Open Access Technologies, Inc. (OAT) of Hollis, N.H., have entered into a Distribution Partnership Agreement whereby The Carroll Center’s Accessibility Services Department will actively support and sell accessible digital document creation and remediation service offerings of OAT to The [...]

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A cartoon hand pokes out from a computer monitor with the words "Access Denied" on the screen. This illustrates the effects of inaccessible technology on those whom it excludes.

The Coming Web Crack-Up

BY PETER SLATIN | This post is the first in a series on web accessibility. | Remember the bumper stickers that read, If You Can Read This, You’re Too Close? Yeah, danger ahead. Well, as America races down the cyber-highway, we should be on the lookout for a pile-up, because despite warning signs (as in [...]

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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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Two images mashed together. The image on the left is from a meme featuring a man whistling while turning around to look at a woman passing by. The image on the right features hands typing on a refreshable braille keyboard.

Blind People Can Struggle to Understand Memes, So They Made Their Own

BY JUSTIN CAFFIER | Screen-reading software allows visually impaired people to use the internet, but it hits a wall when it comes to memes. | In January, a photo of a woman holding a probing cane and looking at a phone went viral on Facebook after the poster implied that the subject was faking blindness given that [...]

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