What do 3D-printed braille and pictures books, an incredible surfer who's blind and the push for self-driving car regulations have in common? They are just some of the headlines from the news this week. Check out our Top Five stories below.
Here's CNIB's Top Five Stories of the Week:
A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have used 3D printing to create tactile versions of famous books for visually impaired children. Tom Yeh – a computer science professor at the university – started the Tactile Picture Books Project to create customised solutions for young readers whose needs aren't met by conventional publishing methods. "The main idea is to represent 2D graphics in a 3D, tactile way on a scale appropriate for young children," said Yeh. "The team combines this information with computational algorithms – essentially step-by-step instructions for mathematical calculations – to provide a way for parents, teachers and supporters to 3D-print their own picture books."
Read the full story here: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/02/04/3d-printed-braille-and-picture-books-help-blind-children-to-read/
Derek Rabelo’s father wanted nothing more than to have a son who surfed. He even named his son after Hawaii’s first champion, Derek Ho. But his father’s dreams were dashed when Rabelo was born completely blind, the result of glaucoma. “Many people told me that surfing was too dangerous for me and I couldn’t do it,” Rabelo says. But he began listening to the sounds of the ocean and had a revelation. “I had the blood of a surfer coursing through my veins,” Rabelo says. So he hit the water with a board in his hand.
Read the full story here: https://www.good.is/articles/sightless-surfer-has-no-limitations
I’m a long-time Tim Hortons franchise owner with six restaurants in Toronto. Over the years, we’ve employed more than 125 employees with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. Today, 46 of our 250 employees identify as having a disability. These disabilities range from significant intellectual challenges to deafness, blindness, mental-health issues, physical disabilities and episodic disabilities such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. They hold positions in our company ranging from entry level to senior management.
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Google envisions a world where a blind man can get in his car alone and tell it to take him to the grocery store. California regulators say self-driving automobiles aren’t smart enough yet to zip around town without a driver ready to take the wheel. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is finalizing regulations for the everyday use of autonomous cars with the goal of releasing them in the next year. They would require a licensed driver — and a steering wheel — just in case something goes wrong. Google says the rules limit the technology’s potential.
Read the full story here: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/future-of-the-self-driving-car-could-be-set-as-california-finalizes-regulations-for-their-everyday-use
Blind since birth, life has thrown more than a few challenges at Steve Fyffe. But a lack of sight has done nothing to deter the Norwich martial arts teacher. Bullied as a child, he was introduced to martial arts by his father at the age of six and has gone from strength to strength. Recently awarded the ranking of fifth dan in Aikido, the 65-year-old said he was brimming with pride.
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