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When Jyotsna Kaki got a call from Google,
she was stunned. She had never applied for a job with the tech giant. "I
thought that getting into Google was impossible for me," said Kaki, 33,
who is blind. But it wasn't, thanks to her brother who passed her resume to a
friend at Google. At the time, Google only had a part-time team working on
accessibility issues. Kaki had tested accessibility products in college and
knew she wanted to do something in the field. Even though Google (GOOGL,
Tech30) didn't have a position open, they still called her for an interview. In
October 2006, she was hired as a software accessibility test engineer.
Read the full story here: http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/16/technology/jyotsna-kaki-google-accessibility/
Former YO! MTV Raps host Doctor Dré is hoping to spread awareness about the
disease that took his eyesight three years ago. While his former co-host YO!
MYV Raps co-host Ed Lover has managed to stay in the public eye via radio, we
haven’t heard much from Doctor Dre as of late. That is because he has secretly
been battling with Type 2 diabetes and he suffered a major blow when the
disease robbed him of his eyesight three years ago. The man who used to bring
us our favorite rap artists and videos throughout the 90’s is hoping to make a
return to television, this time by hosting a reality show that will chronicle
his battles and hopefully warn others about the dangers of the disease.
Read the full story here:
medals feature a tiny device which makes a noise when the medal is shaken,
allowing visually impaired athletes to know if they are gold, silver or bronze.
With 85 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
on Tuesday (14 June), the medals which athletes will compete for this September
have been revealed by the Organising Committee and Brazilian Mint. In addition
tofeaturing braille, the Paralympic Games
medals include a special innovation; they have a tiny device inside which makes
a noise when the medal is shaken, allowing visually impaired athletes to know
if they are gold, silver or bronze (gold has the loudest noise, bronze the
Read the full story here: https://www.paralympic.org/news/stunning-rio-2016-paralympic-medals-revealed
The Government of Canada is providing $2 million in funding this year to CNIB
through the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component to
continue to support CNIB in its production of alternate format published
materials for people with print disabilities. People with print disabilities
include those with visual impairments, people with impairments which affect
reading comprehension (such as learning disabilities), and people who are
unable to hold or turn the pages of a book. The announcement is being made in
parallel to an event that will be hosted today by CNIB at the Sir John A
MacDonald building in Ottawa to celebrate that Canada is moving forward on the
Marrakesh Treaty and the Government of Canada’s efforts to break down barriers
for people with disabilities. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport
and Persons with Disabilities, and the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister
of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will join representatives from
CNIB today to commemorate the occasion.
Read the full story here: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1084299&tp=1
Each shirt in University of Virginia graduates Bradford and Bryan Manning’s new
clothing line features a small metal tag imprinted with a series of raised dots
– braille for “brother.” That small detail neatly captures the mission behind
the Mannings’ newly launched clothing company, Two Blind Brothers. All proceeds
from the company go directly to blindness research, funding testing for new
gene and stem cell therapies that could slow or even reverse vision loss.
Read the full story here: https://news.virginia.edu/content/two-blind-brothers-one-bold-vision