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Seattle's only baseball team for the blind
held their final practice on Saturday before heading to the National Beep
Baseball Association World Series. The South King Sluggers will face the Iowa
Reapers at the tournament, which starts tomorrow in Ames, Iowa and wraps up
with the championship game on July 31st. The Sluggers first became a team in
2013, and are made up of visually impaired men and women, ages 16 and up.
Players listen to a beeping softball to field and hit, as well as run to an
audible base to score runs. The National Beep Baseball Association was formed
in 1976 and features a league of 30 teams from across the country.
Read the full story here: http://komonews.com/news/local/seattles-blind-baseball-team-heads-to-world-series
On a recent Monday afternoon, Opticianry Professor Blair Wong told his students
to pair up with interns from the Carroll Center for the Blind, who were
visiting class that day. For the next 30 minutes, the students were supposed to
lead the interns, who were blind, through the narrow hallways of the Ben
Franklin Institute of Technology as they went on a tour of the school. The
dozen or so students stood up and walked over to the adults interns, politely
introducing themselves before carefully placing their hands on the interns’
elbows. Wong stood at the front of the room looking down. He would need someone
to guide him, too.
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There sure has been a lot of sports in the
news these days. NBA Finals, UEFA Cup, Wimbledon, the ongoing endurance test
which is Major League Baseball. Sports is a lens on what we can and cannot do.
It's a celebration of ability and disability. Today, I'm going to introduce you
to a sport I just learned about: beep baseball. Beep baseball, invented in
1964, is a variant of softball or baseball for the blind and visually impaired.
Check out this video of the first game of last year's World Series between the
Austin Blackhawks and the Taiwan Homerun.
Read the full story here: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/07/22/487108948/beeping-buzzing-baseball
Ever since she was a kid, Priscilla Gange was always a fighter. She used to
clear out her parents' basement with her brother and they imitated professional
wrestlers. Growing up, she was often told that she shouldn't do things because
she's visually impaired. But that didn't ever stop her from fighting for what
she wanted. Now, she's heading to her first Paralympic games to compete in
Read the full story here:
Kara Shaw is blind but can play an
instrument she has never seen. Susan Hay has the story in today’s ‘Making a
Read the full story here: http://globalnews.ca/video/2846908/musical-inspiration-plays-the-piano-without-ever-seeing-one/