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Archive: May 2014


Smartphones for Sovereignty: How Smartphones Have Helped Those Who are Blind

Tue, 27 May 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Smartphones for Sovereignty: How Smartphones Have Helped Those Who are BlindRegardless of who we are, from an early age there’s a spirit of independence running through each of us. No one wants to feel restricted or hopeless in the face of a challenge, they want to feel empowered and self-sufficient! While many people who are blind or have a visual impairment appreciate the assistance of a seeing eye dog or human guide, at times this reliance can feel like a threat to their independence. The rise of the smartphone is helping to change that and greater independence can be found in the palm of your hand.

Red Light, Green Light? Designing Cities for Individuals Who are Blind

Tue, 20 May 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Red Light? Green Light? Designing Cities for Individuals Who are BlindImagine your average urban center: speeding vehicles whizzing by, bustling pedestrians, uneven sidewalks, and the occasional traffic mishap. Can you picture the dangers you would encounter and the measures you would take to avoid them? Now just imagine navigating that same city and its ever-changing hazards without the use of your eyes. For people who are blind or visually impaired this is the norm, and a simple task like walking to the corner store can be a dangerous excursion.

Project Starfish

Wed, 14 May 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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Project StarfishA high unemployment rate among any group is alarming, but the shockingly high unemployment numbers for people who are blind or visually impaired is a shrieking chorus of sirens. We’ve discussed some of the reasons for these low employment rates in a previous article, where we also mentioned that there are a number of groups working hard to reverse this trend. One of these groups is Project Starfish.

You’ve Heard of Dancing in the Dark, Now Try Dining in the Dark

Mon, 05 May 2014 by Lighthouse Central Florida

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You’ve Heard of Dancing in the Dark, Now Try Dining in the DarkSure, you’ve been to cocktail parties and dinners before, but none like this. On May 8, 2014, Lighthouse Central Florida will be teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank to present a completely unique dining experience: Dining in the Dark. This event, held from 6-9pm in the Second Harvest dining room, will give attendees the chance to experience a full gourmet meal without the use of their sight.
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