White Cane Week, a new web series on what
it's like to travel blind, and braille Valentine's Day Cards. These are just
some of the stories from the week. Check out our Top Five below.
Here's CNIB's Top Five Stories of the Week:
Advocates are hoping White Cane Week will
bring awareness about the cane and the abilities of people behind it.
"Right now there's a big learning curve for our community to learn about
the white cane and understand what it means," said Lisa Telfer, with CNIB
in Regina. CNIB is a rehabilitation agency which provides services for people
who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind.
Read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/white-cane-week-1.3442557
A pair of intrepid and web-savvy adventurers, one of which is a Stratford
local, are looking to tackle the issues faced by travellers with disabilities
on a global scale. Tyler Fitzpatrick first met Dan Barra-Berger while
backpacking through France. After travelling together, the two young Canadians,
Fitzpatrick from BC and Barra-Berger from Nobleton, Ontario, later found
themselves back in North America living relatively close together. Fitzpatrick
was in Stratford, plying his trade in the local music scene, while Barra-Berger
was in Guelph.
Read the full story here: http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/6265984-travelling-blind/
An Omaha company is using new technology to
change their workers' lives. For 14 years, Katie Larson's played piano, but
only recently was she able to see music for the first time. "It was really
surprising, I was shocked I could see it," she said. Larson is legally
blind, but thanks to high-tech glasses called eSight, her life has been turned
Read the full story here: http://www.ketv.com/news/omaha-company-invests-in-hightech-glasses-for-blind-employees/37904764
A blind man became the first person chosen to give Google's self-driving car a
test ride after the federal government redefined what it means to be a driver
on Wednesday. For Steve Mahan, traveling across town requires planning. He
lives two miles from the nearest bus stop and when his family is at work he
relies on the VTA Paratransit Service. That's why a ride he took three years
ago was so magical. "Look mom, no hands," he said. For the first time
since he became blind, Mahan sat in the driver's seat of a Google self-driving
car and that's about all he did.
Read the full story here: http://abc7news.com/technology/blind-man-chosen-as-first-person-to-test-googles-driverless-car/1195770/
Handing out Valentine's Day cards to your classmates is the highlight of the
day for any second grader. Well, except maybe for the whole candy part.
Redditor mack3r shared a photo of his blind daughter's heart shaped Valentine's
Day cards, which she created using braille, a system of writing which uses
raised dots for the visually impaired.
Read the full story here: http://mashable.com/2016/02/11/5elxfvb-jpg-1080x1080/#sQEwaBZieZqc