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Two Reactions to Cracked.com’s: "Five Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People"

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 by Kyle Coon & Marinela Ortiz

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Two Reactions to Cracked.com’s: Last week an article provocatively titled, “Five Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People” made its way around the Internet stirring up interest and sparking debate within both the blind /visually impaired (BVI) community and the sighted community.

First posted on the humor site, Cracked.com, the author, who is sighted, unflinchingly lays out what he characterizes as abuses faced by the BVI community by elements within the sighted community. Having a father and three uncles who are blind, the author draws upon intimate, first-hand knowledge of these perceived injustices.

Could Macular Degeneration Become a Disease of the Past?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Could Macular Degeneration Become a Disease of the Past?The United Kingdom’s Macular Society has been serving the needs of its citizens with macular degeneration for over 25 years. Until recently, the charity focused solely on improving the lives of those diagnosed with this condition by focusing their programs and offerings on living and coping with its effects. However, the new chief executive, Tony Rucinski, sees an even bigger purpose for this organization--finding a cure.

Are Texas Legislators Turning a Blind Eye to the Blind Services Department?

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Are Texas Legislators Turning a Blind Eye to the Blind Services Department?As corporations and governments try to find efficiencies in their operating procedures, a multitude of programs and services are being reviewed. Health systems are no exception and right now in Texas, they’ve fallen under the microscope. Legislators are currently holding discussions to carry out reforms on the current health rehabilitation system in place. One of the items that is up for debate is the future of the Department for Blind Services.

Free-Falling: Blind Man is Skydiving Expert

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Free-Falling: Blind Man is Skydiving ExpertQuite often when things go into free-fall, it’s a bad thing, but when 74-year-old Ken Cary does it, it’s the best thing. This active septuagenarian is spending his later years mastering the art of skydiving. As you watch footage of him leaping from a plane, you’d never know that not only is Ken blind and deaf, but he also suffers from neuropathy and memory issues--a collection of obstacles that would keep most people home.

Researchers Make Groundbreaking Discovery About Uveal Melanoma

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Researchers Make Groundbreaking Discovery About Uveal MelanomaWith over 2,000 cases reported each year, uveal melanoma, or melanoma of the eye, is the most common form of eye cancer for adults in the United States. Once diagnosed with this disease the patient will have to undergo radiation therapy and eventually have their eye surgically removed to prevent the cancer from spreading. This heartbreaking treatment has been the only option until a recent discovery by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

When Technologies Collide: Introducing the OwnFone

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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When Technologies Collide: Introducing the OwnFoneThe world of 3D printing continues to create new and efficient options in the manufacturing process. Computers are used to design a product, which is then sent to a 3D printer and within minutes, a tangible plastic product is formed. This innovation has created a host of new and affordable products, including cell phones with customized button surfaces.

High School Students Pave the Way for a Brighter Future With AbilityOne

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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High School Students Pave the Way for a Brighter Future With AbilityOneWhy lend a hand when you can lend an arm? A group of Maryland high school students recently asked, and answered, that same question. As part of a group project, the teens created a special guide arm that allows individuals who are blind or have a visual impairment to operate manufacturing equipment. This simple addition to the machines has opened up new job possibilities for employees. It even caught the attention of AbilityOne, a federal government commission that works to create opportunities for individuals with limited or no vision.

Tech Spotlight: Is Mac the Way to Go?

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Tech Spotlight: Is Mac the Way to Go?The Mac vs. PC debate rages on with both sides offering passionate opinions. Take the debate into the realm of accessibility and you’ve got a whole new discussion on your hands. When it comes to the best machine for an individual with low or no vision, you’ve got to think beyond style and status, to functionality and ease of use. Let’s throw them into the ring and see who comes out on top. Ding!
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