It’s been a busy week in the news. Check
out which stories made our Top Five list below.
A Nova Scotia girl made baseball history
over the Labour Day weekend as she became the youngest person to play for
Canada’s national women’s team at the age of 15. To make her accomplishment
more impressive, Katie Hagen is legally blind. The precocious pitcher has the
catcher paint their fingers in bright colours so she can see the calls. Hagen
pitched five innings for Team Canada at the World Cup in South Korea and helped
the team trounce India 18-4. Canada lost to Japan in the finals and captured
Read the full story here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/legally-blind-girl-becomes-youngest-baseball-player-on-team-canada-1.3076255
The art critic John Berger’s seminal book Ways of Seeing is required reading
for art students. But what if you can’t see? Or if the way you see is quite
literally different from the way other people do? New York-based artist Daniel
Arsham was born colour-blind. So it follows that his chosen palette is varying
shades of monochrome. But with the help of new technology, he’s started seeing
more colours and is staging his very first exhibition featuring brighter hues
as a result of the markedly different way he has begun to view the world.
“Wearing these glasses [made by EnChroma], I’m able to see a wider range of
colour. What the glasses do is they artificially expand the colour spectrum in
the wavelengths that I am missing. And hence it has impacted my options for
palette,” he told The Independent.
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People born without sight appear to solve
math problems using visual areas of the brain. A functional MRI study of 17
people blind since birth found that areas of visual cortex became active when
the participants were asked to solve algebra problems, a team from Johns
Hopkins reports in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"And as the equations get harder and harder, activity in these areas goes
up in a blind person," says Marina Bedny, an author of the study and an
assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at
Johns Hopkins University.
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A local theater chain is planning to
implement closed captioning and narration capabilities at all of its locations.
Grand Rapids-based Celebration! Cinema said this month it plans to add
closed-captioning devices and "descriptive audio" headsets across the
chain by the middle of October. “We remain committed to continuing to improve
services for all of our guests,” said Steve VanWagoner, VP of marketing and
public relations, Celebration! Cinema.
Read the full story here: http://www.grbj.com/articles/86185-theater-chain-implementing-closed-captioning-and-narration
Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering
communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced
that over 10 million accessible ebooks have been downloaded through its
Bookshare initiative. Bookshare is the world's largest online library for
people who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability that
interferes with reading, such as dyslexia. "Access to information is a
basic human right," said Jim Fruchterman, founder and CEO of Benetech.
"Our Bookshare initiative is focused on using technology to make sure
individuals who are unable to read standard print can exercise that right.
Today's milestone is a celebration of what is possible when technology is used
for social good."
Read the full story here: https://www.canadianinsider.com/benetech-delivers-10-million-accessible-ebooks