Welcome to Edition 16 of Gonz Blinko's Blind News Digest. This edition has 62 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 15 of the news digest at Gonz Blinko's Blind News Digest – Edition 15. We'll include links to the previous edition in the Introduction section of each week's version.
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Editorial By Chris Hofstader
This is another very interesting edition of Gonz Blinko's Blind News Digest. It has 62 articles about quite a diverse set of issues in the blindness community from all over the world. As I like to do, I put the section on braille at the top and this week we have a category for weirdness which is at the end.
I made one large change to the digest this week. Instead of including articles about preventing blindness in the science and medicine section, I've moved them into a category of their own. This is a blind news digest so preventing blindness didn't feel like it fit in with articles about cures, sensory substitution and implants. But I also felt that some readers would find articles about preventing blindness interesting so we didn't remove them from the digest entirely.
The mother and daughter have embarked on the monthlong “Braille Across America” challenge, a pandemic-inspired grassroots fundraising event by the National Braille Press, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to raise money to benefit Braille literacy programs, such as converting textbooks and school materials as well as children’s books. This story came to us from: Las Vegas Sun.
Oklahoma School for the Blind awarded a bronze medal in the sophomore category to Kolten Pennington, from Roff, in the 20th Braille Challenge. This story came to us from: The Ada News.
Over the past few months, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures was released in braille in three languages: German, Korean, and Ukrainian. Electronic files were made available on jw.org.
This story came to us from: jw.org.
PeopleLens is a platform that uses computer vision algorithms to help blind people engage with their social surroundings. This story came to us from: Analytics India Magazine.
Braille is one of the most important writing systems in the world today. The centuries-old system is still very much being used these days. Despite the advent of technology, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired is still deemed a significant language. This story came to us from: Yanko Design.
Science and Medicine
Research by international development organization Sightsavers, University of Ilorin, and the Kogi State Ministry of Health, in Nigeria has revealed links between vision impairment and poor mental health. This story came to us from: EurekAlert.
Owls are able to move around in the dark with disconcerting ease. But have you ever wondered if some humans have the same ability? This story came to us from: Gentside.
This project aims to describe the characteristics of patients with visual impairment referred from a tertiary academic hospital in Jordan for a comprehensive low vision evaluation and to study its impact on their functional needs. This story came to us from: Dove Medical Press
Koç University's Sedat Nizamoğlu will receive 2 million euros from a European Research Council's (ERC) Consolidator Grant to develop retinal implants with high visual acuity and a wide field of view for sufferers of visual impairments. This story came to us from: Science X.
The trial marks the first-ever in vivo delivery of an experimental CRISPR gene editing medicine to a pediatric patient, with the company on track to complete dosing of the pediatric mid-dose cohort in the first half of 2022. This story came to us from: Ophthalmology Times.
Accessing basic information might be difficult for those with visual impairments. How does a blind person get their bearings and determine the best path? This story came to us from: NewsBreak Original.
For years, Vancouver resident Bob Cavanaugh wanted to learn how to ski.
Because he is visually impaired, he couldn’t head straight onto the slopes, but he dreamed of one day cruising through the soft powder of Mount Hood Meadows.
Cavanaugh’s dream came true last winter when he attended a skiing event held by the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes. This story came to us from: The Columbian.
Since the declaration of war on Ukraine, the World Blind Union (WBU) has prepared an initiative to provide support for Ukrainians. In particular, those who are blind or partially sighted. This story came to us from: BlindSquare.
Journey Forward study identifies critical challenges encountered by blind, low vision and deafblind adults during the pandemic—digital accessibility problems and transportation barriers chief among them. This story came to us from: PR Newswire.
This is another story I didn't know how to categorize. We don't have a category for natural disasters as they rarely involve blindness. I put stories about schools for the blind in this category and this is a home for blind people so I put the story here.
Twenty-four blind people have been left stranded after the Jep Home for the Blind, in Durban, was flooded on Tuesday. This story came to us from: News24
A blind diehard Carolina Hurricanes fan in Finland has a different kind of goal in her sights: Helping visually impaired refugees from the war in Ukraine. This story came to us from: CBS 17.
Poverty and not having anyone to depend on forced an 80-year-old blind woman to travel from one district to another to beg money from the public. This story came to us from: New Straits Times.
One woman says she went partly blind because she rationed her insulin due to the high cost. This story came to us from: Spectrum News.
Karnataka entrepreneur Vidhya Y, who has been blind since birth, learned from her own struggles with her disability to empower thousands of visually impaired children with Vision Empower, an enterprise that encourages these students to pursue STEM education. This story came to us from: The Better India.
The Ghana Optometric Association (GOA) has warned that not paying attention to the eyes could lead to total blindness and cause economic hardship for people and the country. This story came to us from: Modern Ghana.
Prevent Blindness names VOSH/International as the recipient of the 2022 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health. Marissa K. Shoji, MD, and Hursuong Vongsachang, MPH, announced as co-recipients of Rising Visionary Award. This story came to us from: Yahoo Finance.
APART from hiking your risk of medical emergencies, ranging from heart attacks to stroke, high blood pressure can also put you at a greater risk of irreversible blindness. This story came to us from: Daily Express.
International disability charity, CBM (Christian Blind Mission), based in central Cambridge, is warning that the Coronavirus pandemic is having an alarming impact on the numbers of people living avoidably blind. This story came to us from: cambridgenetwork.co.uk.
Campillai. 38, is one of the main advocates for the Amnesty Law for prisoners of the 2019 social uprising, during which she lost her vision. This story came to us from: Havana Times.
Handcuffs, movement restrictions of various types and forcible isolation are frequent occurrences in institutions for people with disabilities. This story comes to us from: Haaretz Editorial.
A drunk police constable attacked two blind men selling incense sticks in Triplicane when the duo asked him road directions. This story came to us from: Times of India.
The device is adapted for the blind to read out everything on the screen, track Sandra's location and let her connect with people online. This story came to us from: Yorkshire Evening Post.
I am blind and, ever since I lost my eyesight, I have been forced to stay at my wife's house due to financial constraints. This story came to us from: India Today.
A coalition of activists and advocates for people with disabilities has settled a lawsuit launched in 2020 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against the State Board of Elections (BOE). People with disabilities are now set to avail of a new, statewide, accessible, absentee ballot program. This story came to us from: Norwood News.
Arizona Attorneys Charge Blind Inmate’s Access to Special Accommodations Constitutional Rights Violated During Death Watch – Execution Date May 11
The Arizona Department of Correction, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s (ADCRR) denial to provide death watch inmate Clarence Wayne Dixon with legally mandated accommodation for his disability has led his attorneys to file a lawsuit compelling ADCRR to respect Dixon’s federal statutory and Constitutional rights. This story came to us from: Davis Vanguard.
It sounds like this fellow makes a hobby of filing ADA lawsuits.
A man who has been legally blind since childhood is suing Eero LLC, claiming its digital properties are not accessible to individuals who are visually impaired. Plaintiff Eric Foreman filed the complaint on March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Eero LLC, alleging violations of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Foreman has filed several other similar lawsuits in federal court. This story came to us from: Madison – St. Clair Record.
[Butte woman accused of embezzling more than $600,000 pleads guilty][
A Butte woman pleaded guilty on Monday to allegations that she stole more than $600,000 from a blind woman under her guardianship. This story came to us from: KXLF.com.
"Ramona was a pure, perfect soul" said one woman, while another added: "She was an absolute angel. This story came to us from: The Mirror.
This happens so often in Florida that I'm surprised it even makes the news anymore.
The caretaker of a blind, elderly woman and her partner have been arrested in Miami-Dade for alleged financial exploitation. This story came to us from: NBC 6 South Florida.
Ritchie, from Elgin, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in 2013 and is registered blind. This story came to us from: Association of Optometrists.
Ms O'Connor has a rare condition called achromatopsia, which causes colour blindness and sensitivity to light and glare. This story came to us from: ABC.
Mike Keech says he was humiliated when a server asked him to leave a restaurant because his dog, a service dog, was not allowed. This story came to us from: WFLA.
For generations, it has provided trained dogs that further the goals of blind and visually impaired men and women to live independent lives. This story came to us from: Marin Independent Journal.
Ben’s All-Star Café in the Ottawa Building was once a buzzy hub for state workers, with a sought-after salad bar convenient for a quick lunch. It saw especially high foot traffic during the winter, as workers used the subterranean tunnels that connect it to other buildings to avoid the cold. This story came to us from: Lansing State Journal.
Screen Reader Market study by “Marketreports.info” provides details about the market dynamics affecting the Screen Reader market, Market scope, Market segmentation and overlays shadow upon the leading market players highlighting the favorable competitive landscape. This story came to us from: Blooming Prairie Online.
The Tactile Printing market is globally one of the leading markets involving innovative techniques development and extremely categorized sector. After a thorough investigation conducted over the industries under Tactile Printing market, the market report delivers in-depth information, based on the data related to export and import along with the ongoing industry trends in the global market. This story comes to us from: energysiren.co.ke.
On 18th April Dynamic Entrepreneur Arjun Deshpande celebrated his 20th Birthday In An Innovative Way
The daily life of blind people is already full of challenges. One of the most important safety concerns is understanding the right medicines. India's youngest entrepreneur and founder of Generic Aadhaar Arjun Deshpande saw this same problem faced by blind people and came up with a very innovative idea to make their work easier. This story came to us from: Mid-Day.
The Latest research coverage on Glaucoma Treatment Drugs Market provides a detailed overview and accurate market size. The study is designed considering current and historical trends. This story came to us from: Tiorienteering.
The increasing usage of electronic devices, changing lifestyle and hygiene have led to vision-related problems worldwide. The number of patients with vision-related problems have increased and so is the need for vision care products. This story came to us from: Market Research Blog.
The market report provides an up-to-date estimate and forecast for the global Inherited Retinal Disease market at the global, business and regional levels. The report provides a detailed view of global demand for Inherited Retinal Disease from 2020 to 2025, with 2020 being the base year and 2025 being the planned end date. Data for the period 2020-2020 are included, together with information and analysis of past results. This story came to us from: politicalbeef.co.uk.
North America Medical Laser Systems Market is expected to reach US$ 2,257.13 million and Growing at a CAGR of 13.7% during forecast period 2022-2028
A lot of lasers are used in eye surgeries. According to a new market research study of “North America Medical Laser Systems Market Forecast to 2028 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Product Type, Application, End User and Country. This story came to us from: Digital Journal.
Kentucky School for the Blind student TaMyah Jordan makes her runway debut at Los Angeles Fashion Revolution show
TaMyah Jordan, a residential student at the Kentucky School for the Blind, made her runway debut as a blind model for Target on the Runway of Dreams stage. This story came to us from: Kentucky Teacher.
My disability does define me – and I'm proud of that. Just like being a Jewish woman, an American woman, a Zionist woman, I'm a blind woman. This story comes to us from: aish.com.
Claire Sisk from Stevenage starting losing her sight at 29 years old after having two strokes. This story comes to us from: YouTube.
The two met in school of the blind, became friends and got married, an idea many, especially their families and friends discouraged. This story came to us from: Tuko.
The lady handed her hard-earned money to the blind beggar out of generosity, but the guy flung it back at her because he thought the money was bad. This story came to us from: GhPage.
Art and Artists
When Wollongong jewellery maker Keely Payne sits down to work, she does everything from choosing colours to threading tiny beads onto wire by touch alone. This story came to us from: ABC.
Blind from the age of five, Paradis studied with Antonio Salieri. This story came to us from: The Guardian.
A blind contestant reaches the semi-finals of an international competition in Saudi Arabiadedicated to the most beautiful voices in reciting the Holy Quran
A blind contestant starred in an international competition in Saudi Arabia, dedicated to reciting the Holy Quran and delivering adhan (the Islamic call to prayer) based on voice only, without the accompaniment of any musical instruments. He reached the semi-finals, surpassing more than 40,000 applicants. This story came to us from: PR Newswire.
We've seen many Street Fighter 5 tournaments throughout the years, but none quite like the Shingan Cup. Every player that's competing at the Shingan Cup is blind. Quite fitting since "shingan" in Japanese translates to "mind's eye.' This story came to us from: EventHubs.
Really cool story out of Canada where Mark Bentz, a skier who lost his vision at a young age, attempted to ski 25,000 vertical feet in one day. This story came to us from: Unofficial Networks.
One organization joining that mix is the Washington Blind Hockey Club (WBHC), which began in 2016. Using ice rinks in various metropolitan locales, including Arlington’s MedStar Capitals Iceplex, SkateQuest in Reston and The St. James in Springfield, the co-ed club provides blind and visually-impaired individuals an opportunity to learn to skate and compete in hockey. This story came to us from:
A blind Scrabble player from Palmerston North isn’t afraid to go word for word with the country’s best. This story comes to us from: stuff.co.nz.
The 32nd Kasumigaura Marathon & International Blind Marathon was held here for the first time in three years. This story came to us from: mainichi.jp.
Kevin Brown, who competed in soccer and other mainstream sports in high school and college, was named a sport ambassador for blind soccer. This story came to us from: Patch.
Rob Sanchas is one of the thousands of people preparing for this year’s Boston Marathon and when he hits the pavement on Monday, his running guide Jeremy Howard will be by his side. This story came to us from: WHDH.
The 32nd Kasumigaura Marathon & International Blind Marathon was held here for the first time in three years. This story came to us from: mainichi.jp.
A 60-year-old who claimed to be blind is accused of faking his disability after being caught looking at a woman's bottom. This story came to us from: Breitbart.