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Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

  • Construction on the first beep baseball facility commences in Kentucky

    When David Wickstrom was growing up in Kentucky, he was troubled when some of his friends could not play with him at the park "because of their disability." This memory of the lack of access for people with disabilities to certain recreational activities and a chance viewing of a profile on beep baseball, by sportswriter Jeremy Schaap on U.S. cable network ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network), inspired him to pursue the idea of opening a facility dedicated to the sport.

  • U.S. government issues guidance documents for effective communication for students with disabilities

    A letter to educators that is intended to help school administrators understand and comply with U.S. federal legal requirements for meeting the communication needs of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities was recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Two mixed-model companies are restoring vision in developing countries

    Two companies with mixed business models, in Nepal and Mexico, recently made headlines because their successes illustrated that it is possible to create profitable businesses that also provide services to the community.

  • Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics opens in Pennsylvania

    The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently opened the Penn Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT), an interdisciplinary center for visual impairment research that will unite experts from different fields and promote advocacy for patients.

  • Video Featuring Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez
    On employment of older workers with disabilities
  • Free booklet introduces braille readers to Unified English Braille

    The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) recently published a resource to help current braille readers become more familiar with Unified English Braille (UEB).

  • FDA grants Priority Review status for new drug for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy

    Genentech, a San Francisco–based biotechnology pharmaceutical company, is one step closer to gaining approval for Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

  • New PSA from the American Foundation for the Blind to Air in Honor of Blindness Awareness Month
    NEW YORK (October 3, 2014)—A new public service announcement (PSA) from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is scheduled to air on national television this October in honor of Blindness Awareness Month. Through the generous support of Litton Entertainment, the PSA titled "Breakthroughs" will air during Weekend Adventure on ABC stations One Magnificent Morning on The CW.
  • Presidential Proclamation: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2014
    Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. In urban centers and rural communities, they carry forward our Nation's legacy of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice, and their contributions strengthen our economy and remind us that all Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in society. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.

    This year's theme, "Expect. Employ. Empower.," reminds us that every American has a right to dignity, respect, and a fair shot at success in the workplace.
  • Vision Expo to Provide Waco-Area Residents Resources on Living Well with Vision Loss
    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss is hosting Vision Expo: Exploring the World of Vision Loss on Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day-long event will showcase services, products and techniques that can make life with vision loss easier. The expo is being hosted for the second year in a row and is geared toward people with vision loss, their loved ones, and professionals who work with them.
  • Christine Ha's Recap of the AFB 2014 Helen Keller Achievement Awards
    Christine writes on her blog, theblindcook.com, "Besides receiving the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award and joining the ranks of Ray Charles, Patty Duke, Stevie Wonder, and others (who am I kidding—they are still a million times bigger than me), I was most excited to meet Alex Trebek, longtime host of my favorite TV game show of all time, Jeopardy!."

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