Guide dogs, iPhones and an app helping people "see" the world. These are just some of the topics covered in the news this week. Check out our Top Five stories below.
A Regina man is asking for more tolerance for seeing-eye dogs after he says he was refused service by multiple taxis on Saturday. John Bishop, who is visually impaired and travels with his service dog, Telly, was at a restaurant on Broadway Avenue Saturday evening. Bishop went outside to hail a cab, but said he couldn't find one that would take him and his dog. "I guess because I had the dog with me. I guess they don't like dogs," Bishop said.
Read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-man-says-taxis-turned-down-service-dog-1.3501800
The first time Mark Edwards used Aipoly Vision, he cried. Edwards, 56 and legally blind since birth, had signed up as an early tester for the smartphone app that claims to help the visually impaired people “see” the world around them. “When it immediately told me what was surrounding me, I was completely overcome with tears of joy,” says Edwards. “That doesn’t happen very often to a middle-aged man.” Other early users of the app have called it “game changing” and on par with self-driving cars for its potential to transform the lives of blind people. Born out of the Singularity University in California—an institution set up in 2008 at NASA Research Park to produce “exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges”—Aipoly Vision combines recent advances in artificial intelligence with the standard technology found in an iPhone.
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For much of his 30-year career in law and banking, Joseph Danowsky, who's legally blind, relied on others to edit documents, respond to emails and get around New York City. Now he can do it all himself, with his iPhone. "I don't think people understand the power of it," said Danowsky, a managing director and private client advisor at U.S. Trust. "There's so much more that can be done that couldn't be done before." To the blind, a smartphone is just a piece of glass. Everything that makes a touch screen intuitive and easy to use for a sighted person is non-existent to someone without vision.
Read the full story here: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/21/how-iphones-help-fix-unemployment-for-the-blind.html
ART AND VISION: Manitoba’s CNIB held its exciting Eye on the Arts Benefit Auction Thursday night at the RBC Convention Centre, with 258 pieces up for some lively bidding. Blind activist Molly Burke, 22, who speaks at We Day events all over the world to inspire young people to initiate projects for change, had many people tearing up as she told her story of being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of four and gradually going blind. Read the full story here: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/celebrities/crystal-clear-vision-from-woman-who-cant-see-372896041.html
'I stopped doubting myself' Filmmaker James Rath says Apple saved his life. Born legally blind, the 20-year-old Rath says he was severely bullied as a child and had difficulty learning. He attempted suicide when he was 11 years old, and was diagnosed with depression at the same age. But when he got his first MacBook Pro on his 14th birthday, he found that the computer's accessibility features allowed him to see things he otherwise wouldn't have been able to see. He could read his schoolbooks and zoom in on software that allowed him to edit video.
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