What has been happening in the news this week? Let's check
out which stories made our Top Five list below.
It's a big day for Benny Francey. He's at
the library in Selkirk, Man. for the first time with new specs. "I can
actually see complete detail," Benny, 10, says. The boy and his brother
are living with a rare disease called Leber congenital amaurosis. The condition
means the boys can only see silhouette-like images.
Read the full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/esight-glasses-come-for-blind-boy-1.3870336
A Toronto teen is hoping to change the lives of visually impaired people around
the world with a new app that can identify virtually any object with the quick
tap of an iPhone or iPad. Anmol Tukrel, a 17-year-old grade 12 student at Holy
Trinity School in Richmond Hill, has always been fascinated with technology,
particularly artificial intelligence. By the time he was in grade 7, he was
already teaching himself how to code.
Read the full story here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/11/28/toronto-teen-uses-app-to-give-visually-impaired-a-new-look-at-the-world.html
Harvard Law School's first deaf-blind
graduate Haben Girma believes that people with disabilities can be a powerful
resource if communities engage with them. "The disabled are an untapped
talent," said the universally acclaimed lawyer and activist to an audience
of people with disabilities, their families and teachers in the city on
Saturday evening. "There are 1.3 billion disabled people in the world,
almost as big as the population of China. Communities need to realise that
people with disabilities are smart, hardworking and can contribute," Girma
said at the talk organised by Vidya Sagar and Connect Special which was
interpreted by a city-based sign language interpreter.
Read the full story here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Utilise-talent-of-disabled-Harvard-deaf-blind-graduate/articleshow/55644825.cms
My heart went out to Edward Hoagland when I
read his essay. I remember that I once let blindness make me a passenger in my
own life. That changed when I encountered a vast network of other blind people
who convinced me that blindness did not define me, who taught me nonvisual ways
to handle everyday and not-so-everyday tasks, and encouraged me to expect more
of myself. Without that experience, I might still live in fear of hurting
myself or breaking things when I walk down the sidewalk, and I might regularly
mismatch my shoes and socks. I am now a successful blind man married to a blind
woman, living a rich, full life with her and our three children, and serving as
president of the National Federation of the Blind, a membership organization of
tens of thousands of blind people.
Read the full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/opinion/on-being-blind-and-living-a-rich-full-life.html
December 3 marks International Day of
Persons with Disabilities. As job seekers and employees who are blind, we are
more than our blindness and we would like to be viewed, first and foremost, as
persons who have the skills and desire to work and succeed. Yet, people with vision
loss experience barriers to finding and keeping meaningful employment.
Read the full story here: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/6995602-living-and-working-with-loss-of-vision/