What do Pink Shirt Day, Pixar and Charles
Bonnet Syndrome have in common? They are just some of the headlines in the news
week. Check out our Top Five stories below.
condition causes hallucinations in people with low vision
The first time Jack Hunter realized that
seeing wasn't really believing was about eight years ago, as he was sitting in
his Toronto apartment reading and caught a flicker of movement across the room.
There, before his eyes, he beheld a woman cleaning the floor. "All I could
see was the profile of a woman standing there and one hand was going in and out
negotiating the broom — she was either sweeping or mopping the floor — and I
thought 'What the heck is this?' "And the more I tried to turn my head to
see, I saw less of it. And if I really looked hard, it disappeared
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When Molly Burke was 14, she went blind. At the same time, she went from being
a popular girl at school to becoming the target of bullies. "Not only was
I going from the popular girl to the loser at school, I was going from being
sighted to blind, going from being a happy kid to being depressed," Burke
told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday. Today, she is sharing her story about being
bullied as part of Pink Shirt Day. The #PinkShirtDay movement started in Nova
Scotia when two high school students organized a protest to wear pink to stand
up for a Grade 9 student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
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Blind and visually impaired people like to
go to the movies but the experience can be challenging when a theater’s audio
description technology is old, or a companion isn’t great at describing the
on-screen action. Animation giant Pixar hopes to alleviate these pain points
with a soon-to-be-released smartphone app that will help people “see” its
movies. The iOS narration app, automatically syncs with films from Pixar and
Disney (which owns the Emeryville, Calif.-based animation studio) to pipe
additional description of what’s happening on screen through headphones.
Although Pixar hasn’t officially announced the app, more than 200 visually
impaired people tested the app during a screening of The Good Dinosaur in
Read the full story here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/02/pixar-is-making-an-app-that-illustrates-movies-for.html
Russell Leung is looking forward to competing at the B.C. regional Braille
Challenge event, but he wishes it was on another day. “It’s fun. Although, I
would appreciate it more if it wasn’t on my professional day,” said Leung, a
15-year-old Grade 10 student at Burnaby North Secondary. Leung, who has
familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR), will join 20 other blind and
visually impaired kids at the daylong competition, which takes place Friday at
UBC’s Faculty of Education.
Read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/accessibility-blind-winnipeg-employment-1.3459057
In a medical first, doctors in Texas are planning to use a groundbreaking
neuroscience technique to attempt to restore the sight of blind people, MIT
Technology Review reports. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based startup RetroSense
Therapeutics aims to use a technique known as optogenetics, which involves
modifying neurons so they can be turned 'on' or 'off' using light. The
technique has been demonstrated in mice and monkeys, but this would be the
first time it’s been used in humans.
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