The Marrakesh Treaty, swimming and
photography – these are just some of the topics covered in the news this week.
Check out our Top Five stories below.
When I was eight months old and starting to
crawl, I began bumping into furniture and people. I couldn’t find my toys. My
parents figured I had poor vision and eventually took me to an optometrist for
my first eye exam. It was 1962, and we were living in Karachi, Pakistan; all
the doctor had was a flashlight and an eye chart. He said that because my eyes
looked normal, the problem was likely caused by optic nerve damage at the time
of my birth. He told my parents that my vision would improve over the next few
years as the nerves repaired themselves. Aside from my bad eyesight, I had a
happy childhood. My father, Essa, ran a successful tote bag exporting business
that employed 150 people. My mother, Fatima, stayed home and took care of the
kids. I was the youngest of three, with two brothers: Jalaludin, who is 10
years older than me, and Hussein, who is seven years older. We were comfortable
and content, in a three-bedroom apartment in a middle-class neighbourhood. On
Sundays, my dad would take us out for a picnic or a day at the beach.
Read the full story here: http://torontolife.com/city/life/rozina-issani-retinitis-blindness-memoir/
Bill C-11, the copyright bill that will
allow Canada to accede to an international copyright treaty that will improve
access for the blind and visually impaired, was fast tracked on Tuesday with
unanimous approval to consider the bill read, studied, and passed three times.
There will be no House of Commons committee hearings on the bill, which now heads
to the Senate for approval. The bill received first reading at the Senate
today. With no hearings and little debate, the bill will pass quickly without
any changes. I wrote about Bill C-11 last month, noting that it is a
positive step forward but that some provisions may be unduly restrictive when
compared to the implementation approach recommended by some copyright groups.
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The future of swimming caps could be about
more than just keeping hair dry and encouraging streamlined movements
underwater. As an official sponsor of the Olympic Games, Samsung developed the
'Blind Cap' as a revolutionary tool for blind swimmers. Ordinarily, blind
swimmers only know that the end of a lane is coming up because there is a
"tapper" who uses a long pole to tap on them and indicate that a turn
must be made. Samsung's Blind Cap makes it possible for swimming coaches and
competitive swimmers to communicate much more effectively.
Read the full story here: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/swimming-caps
A blind photographer from California is speaking at the Canadian Museum for
Human Rights in Winnipeg on Wednesday. Bruce Hall will talk about art, ability,
and perception in two sessions. His work is part of an exhibit called Sight
Unseen, which features photography by blind artists, including his. Hall was
born with multiple eye conditions and is considered legally blind. He can see
limited shapes but not detail, unless he gets very close up, he said. "I
use photography and technology and optical devices to see," said Hall.
Read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/blind-photographer-speaks-cmhr-1.3587800
Thanks to a new 3D printer that was donated to CNIB Alberta, Laura Larson can
hold the solar system in her hand. Although she’s sighted, with the scale model
she can use her hands to gauge the size of the Sun compared to the Earth, or
the distance of the planets from each other. For the people Larson works with,
who are blind, it puts a learning experience at their fingertips that words
just can’t match. “A child that is blind or visually impaired may never be able
to see say, a poster of a solar system,” said Larson, who works in the CNIB’s
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