Advocates for the "Lift the Cap on Kids" campaign attend a Statehouse budget hearing on March 16, 2018.

Welfare cap, disability services are focus of final Massachusetts state budget hearing

Advocates for the “Lift the Cap on Kids” campaign attend a Statehouse budget hearing on March 16, 2018. A decade ago, Bruce Howell, who is blind, was depressed and financially dependent on Social Security disability insurance and family members. He did not have a plan for his life. Then the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind […]

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Why & How Innovation for the Visually Impaired is Big in Boston

Like almost any smartphone user, Sassy Outwater rarely puts her phone down. From editing documents to shopping online, from buying her groceries to keeping track of her health records, she relies on her iPhone X to manage the majority of her daily life tasks. “I use it for a lot of the same things you […]

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Blind Legislative Informational Networking Day (B.L.I.N.D.) (CANCELLED)

Due to the severity of the impending snowstorm, the BLIND Event has been moved from Tuesday, March 13, to Thursday, March 22. If you have already registered you do not need to register again. UPDATE: Due to additional weather related issues in Boston, the BLIND Event that was rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, March 22nd has […]

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Author Showcase – Dorje Dolma presents Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal

Please join us at the Carroll Center on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 10:30am to welcome author Dorje Dolma as she talks about her new book Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal. Dorje Dolma was born in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal, high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She […]

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His 2-Year-Old Daughter Is Slowly Going Blind. So He Invented A Game To Help Her Learn Braille

The majority of adults with a visual disability in the U.S. are also unemployed. The jobless rate is close to 60 percent, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Statistics like that, which shed light on the long list of challenges people with vision impairment face, were a driving force behind one father’s attempt to help his […]

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Happy birthday, Braille: how writing you can touch is still helping blind people to read and learn

Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809, invented a tactile reading and writing system which transformed the lives of countless people with severe vision impairments or blindness. Braille was blind himself, and first came up with the idea for a form of writing you can read by touch while he was still at […]

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Hair-Sized Stent Offers Hope For Patients Suffering From Glaucoma

A tiny new device could help prevent a leading cause of blindness. The glaucoma implant is the size of a human hair, and was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Glaucoma is dangerous because it doesn’t cause symptoms until you’ve permanently lost vision and as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, the device provides […]

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Starting today, all federal websites must be accessible to those with disabilities; the business community should take note

By Gregory J. Donnelly Too many websites are failing at accessibility and it is a cause for concern not only for the consumers with disabilities who depend on the web but also for the businesses that stand to realize a profit from serving them. The Internet plays a major role in everyone’s day-to-day lives. From […]

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Four Misconceptions to Learning and Reading Braille

January Is Braille Awareness Month January is braille awareness month, in honor of Louis Braille, the inventor of the raised dot system of reading and writing. He was born January 4, 1809. If you were born without sight or limited vision, there is a very good chance you learned braille at an early age, and that is […]

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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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