Welcome to Edition 15 of Gonz Blinko's Blind News Digest. This edition has 63 stories about blind people and blindness from all over the world. We're certain you will find articles that you think are interesting, informative and, in some cases, funny.
As we do in every edition of the digest, we'd like to acknowledge our friend in the UK, Leon Gilbert. He practically invented blind news and he has a terrific Twitter feed which you can follow at @leongilbert.
If you missed it, you can read edition 14 of the news digest at Gonz Blinko's Blind News Digest – Edition 14. We'll include links to the previous edition in the Introduction section of each week's version.
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A Community Project
We would like to see this digest grow into a community project. Some of this has already started as some readers have sent us stories that we should include in the next edition of the digest. We also invite you to write a piece that we can use as a featured story in an upcoming version of the digest. You can write about anything related to blindness whatsoever and, unless it contains truly offensive material, we'll publish it.
Editorial By Chris Hofstader
I've been editing this digest for 15 weeks at this point and have learned a lot about the world of blindness all over the globe. I find it fascinating that so many different topics show up related to blindness. Sometimes, I don't know into which category an article should go and, when this happens, I tend to put it into the Lifestyle section as that kind of serves as a catch all.
With 63 articles, this is the largest edition of the digest to date. We have topics ranging from blind girls using make-up to a blind race car driver breaking a land speed record and 61 more so I'm sure you'll find articles in this edition you will enjoy or find interesting in some way.
We have a question and ask that readers either put an answer into the comments section below or send us an email via the contact form on this site. Specifically, we want to know if we should continue including articles about preventing blindness. This digest is about blindness and blind people so preventing such doesn't speak to our primary theme. I've also thought about adding a Preventing Blindness section to separate it from the blindness stories and to make it easy to skip over if the subject doesn't interest you. Please tell us what you think about this question as we want to continue to make the digest better.
Science and Medicine
“Regular users of these drugs who find any changes in their vision should take it seriously and seek medical attention. This story came to us from: IFLScience.
The latest data from a phase 3 clinical trial shows that gene therapy can counter visual degeneration associated with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON). This story came to us from: Medscape.
With the youngest baby boomers reaching 65 years old by 2029, age-related eye diseases and conditions are expected to swell during what’s being called the “silver tsunami. This story came to us from: – USC Viterbi.
The majority of people with vision impairment and blindness are over the age of 50. This story came to us from: Free Press Journal.
For the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of the causes of visual impairment can be prevented or treated. This story came to us from: Play Crazy Game.
Treatments for blindness and movement disorders to the impact that cannabis use can have on pregnancy — through a series of Science Café talks. This story comes to us from: OHSU News.
Discover how visual prosthesis technology has evolved since early experiments with optical cortex implants began in the 1960s. This story came to us from: Technology Networks.
More than half of people with diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. This story came to us from: Medical Xpress.
According to the NPCB, India is home to a third of the world's blind population. This story comes to us from: News9live.
There are things you may be doing every day that can compromise your eye health, potentially even leading to blindness. This story came to us from: Eat This, Not That.
The Department of Medical Science and the Anti Fake News Centre warns people to carefully use ATK as the sodium azide could cause blind eyes. This story came to us from: Thaiger.
A leading eye surgeon, vision science pioneer and medical missionary, he has helped repair or restore vision to countless patients around the world, and researchers in his lab in the Knight Campus continue to develop treatments to prevent or reverse blindness. This story came to us from: Around the O – University of Oregon.
The Department of Justice issued web accessibility guidelines on how websites can be more accessible to blind people, others with low vision, and people with other disabilities. This story came to us from: Verywell Health.
A person who is blind or visually impaired can connect on the app via video and audio with a sighted person, who can help them with tasks as simple as figuring out the color of a shirt and the expiration date on a gallon of milk, to more important tasks, such as getting the temperature off a thermometer or reading someone's mail. This story came to us from: ClickOnDetroit.
Sometimes, new Twitter features can be divisive — we’ve made our feelings clear about the edit button, which is apparently in the works. But we can (hopefully) all agree that simple accessibility features are a good thing. This story came to us from: TechCrunch.
Samsung Electronics demonstrates one year of progress in providing increased access to eye care in Morocco, India and Papua New Guinea. This story came to us from: Samsung Newsroom.
“The Montgomery County Bomb Squad is honored to partner with the Colombia Lighthouse for the Blind. This story came to us from: Montgomery Community Media.
Accessible Pharmacy Services can now pre-label medication with WayAround’s WayTags! Simply mention to our care coordinators that you use WayTags at home and that you would like the tag to be added to your package at no charge. This story came to us from: Accessible Pharmacy.
Blind people often have trouble carrying out day to day tasks alone.
Reading bills and documents, finding the remote, recognizing people and images can all be a challenge.
But the app Sullivan Plus developed by a startup called Tuat corporation helps the sight-impaired through all these inconveniences, using AI. This story comes to us from: arirang.
American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference to Convene Experts in Workforce Inclusion, Equity, Diversity, and Accessibility
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Horizon Therapeutics, JPMorgan Chase & Co. included among corporate partners. This story comes to us from: PR Newswire.
Prince Andrew’s Commitment To Fund Research For Eye Disease Is Shared By These 7 Celebrities That Suffered Vision Loss
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has always been dedicated to the research into the prevention and treatment of vision loss and eye disease. Prince Andrew has always pledged to help non-profit organizations in their quest to prevent blindness and vision impairment. This story came to us from: Fox Chronicle.
Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind employees thought the structure where they ate lunch and hosted events would be safe. This story came to us from: Newschannel 6 Now.
The models know how to strike a pose, and the camera loves them! This story comes to us from: Business Wire.
The latest Night Blindness Treatment market research report provides a comprehensive analysis of this industry, with a key emphasis on all the factors that will favor or thwart the inflow of revenue in the coming years. Moreover, it illuminates the various market segments and reveals the top growth opportunities, followed by a detailed examination of the competitive landscape. This story came to us from: runningafrica.com.
Belite Bio wants public investors to bankroll late-phase clinical trials of a treatment for certain causes of blindness. This story came to us from: Fierce Biotech.
Rasmussen, who is blind, said she has always used Braille ballots to vote since they were first offered by the Madison Clerk’s Office, one of only a few offices that create the ballots in Wisconsin. This story came to us from: Journal Times.
Under an ADA lawsuit settlement, the state’s Board of Elections will be required to provide a vote-by-mail service for voters with disabilities. This story came to us from: bxtimes.com.
Carmen Tavarez-Vargas, a self-described blind woman, sued Singer Sewing Machine Company for having an inaccessible web site. This story came to us from: Inner City Press.
The Yankee Candle Company failed to design the Chesapeake Bay Candle section of its website in a way that would make it equally accessible to blind or visually impaired individuals, a new class action lawsuit alleges. This story came to us from: Top Class Actions.
Synchrony Financial’s website is not accessible to blind people, depriving them of the company’s financial advice services, a new class action lawsuit alleges. This story came to us from: Top Class Actions.
Plaintiff Christopher Loadholt claims Boot Barns violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by not making its website fully compatible with screen-reading software used by blind and visually impaired individuals. This story came to us from: Top Class Actions.
Almost 5,000 Scottish pupils have a visual impairment but just 36 teachers report specializing in this area. This story came to us from: Tes.
Ky'ren Johnson is now the first blind student in the nation to complete the A.C.T. using a unique software called JAWS. This story came to us from: KNOE.
Past studies have suggested lower employment of people with visual impairment. Reasons for this are less known. This study aimed to examine the employment rates among people with visual impairment, and its association with sociodemographic characteristics, vision-related factors, depression, and life satisfaction. This story came to us from: bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com.
Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired offers employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. This story came to us from: Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
In Kansas, about 70000 people are blind or visually impaired. We expect that number to continue to grow, especially within the aging population. This story came to us from: cjonline.com.
A 21-year-old blind and physically disabled woman was allegedly raped by her uncle in a village here, said police on Saturday. This story came to us from: Devdiscourse.
A visually impaired man, was crossing the street and using a cane when the attack took place. This story came to us from: Vancouver Sun.
Video captured on a home surveillance system shows a blind man falling into a deep hole on a Gretna sidewalk. This story came to us from: WDSU.
I am a blind woman who grew up in Tri-Cities and believes this is one of the best places in the state of Washington to live. This story came to us from: Tri-City Herald.
Art and Artists
Michael Abiodun is a visually impaired author, an attorney and a federal prosecutor, demonstrating both prosecutorial and academic excellence in international law and counterterrorism. This story came to us from: Premium Times Nigeria.
This groundbreaking work explores how children and adults who have been blind since birth can both perceive and draw pictures. This story came to us from: Yale University Press.
Shot by the late grunge rocker himself, this tragic doc, "All I Can Say", is grim watching for fans of Blind Melon. This story came to us from: NME.
Blind actress Shayla Brown costars in “Orphans for the Czar” at the … Man” and set in St. Petersburg at the cusp of Bloody Sunday in 1905. This story came to us from: Toronto Star.
I now look at the city different, not everything is inclusive. This story came to us from: Belfast Live.
Local man speaks on blindness, options for people with limited vision. This story came to us from: YouTube.
'It's taken society a long time to see us,' said YouTuber Molly Burke, one of the new generation of women speaking out about the blind experience. This story came to us from: Wall Street Journal.
Humans of Goa is our original and official series that shares inspirational stories from the lives of Goans. We speak to talented and contributing individuals from this wonderful tiny state. In this article, we bring to you the inspiring story of Ankur Kankonkar, a 32 year old man, who fought all odds and became a successful IT entrepreneur , despite being visually-impaired. This story came to us from: ItsGoa.
Smith plans to hold a second show in October during Blind Awareness Month. The women, on a makeshift runway, modeled outfits from multiple designers. This story came to us from: Newsday.
In the midst of the 1976 Republican presidential primary campaign, Reagan was preparing to make a campaign speech in the parking lot of a shopping mall in North Carolina. Just before the speech was about to begin, a woman approached Reagan’s assistant press secretary, Dana Rohrabacher, and asked him if it would be possible for Governor Reagan to spend a few minutes with a group of blind children. This story came to us from: American Thinker.
For the “eternally optimistic” Castle, life’s obstacles have never stopped him from creating & fulfilling his dreams. This story came to us from: Los Angeles Blade.
Lachi, a blind award-winning vocalist, writer and community leader, has dedicated her platform, career and craft to amplifying disability culture, promoting inclusion, highlighting intersectionality and advocating for accessibility in the music industry. This story came to us from: Forbes.
The rates of blindness and moderate severe visual impairment increases dramatically in age, so nearly 30% will have moderate to severe vision loss. This story came to us from: Nature.
Mark Wetzel coaches baseball and softball hitters how to see the ball better, even though he's been blind most of his life. This story came to us from: Nebraska Public Media.
Mike Tomlinson has only played a handful of times after winning the England and Wales Blind Golf Order of Merit in September 2021. This story came to us from: BBC.
The USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival is finally coming to Western Pennsylvania after being canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020 and held only virtually. This story came to us from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Navigating the hills of the route isn't Rob Sanchas' only challenge. He's also legally blind. This story came to us from: Boston 25 News.
Daniel Goncalves Fernandes, Jim Ellison and Charlie Baker, who all have visual impairments, will be taking on the challenge tomorrow. This story came to us from: Herald Series.
This is the story of a girl and her horse – a touching sight that is quite common in bluegrass country. This story came to us from: Trading U.
The national chess championship for people with vision impairment kicked off this week in India. This story came to us from: News of India.
The Ivorian blind football team is hard at work on the lawn of Abidjan's University. This story came to us from: Africanews.
Blind professional athlete and motivational speaker Anthony Ferraro will be featured a free virtual conference titled "Overcoming Diversity." This story came to us from: PhillyVoice.
Clare Keating from Poole will be competing in power lifting and indoor rowing for the UK at this month’s Invictus Games, the annual international sporting event for injured servicemen and women. Clare will be the only vision-impaired competitor from the UK. This story came to us from: Bournemouth Echo.