- Get A Free Currency Reader from the U.S. Department of Treasury
Read Maureen Duffy's post about what is going on in the world of accessible currency.
- Nearly $4 Million Awarded to Western Michigan University for Personnel Preparation
Western Michigan University's Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies recently received four grants totaling $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of filling the severe shortage of specialists trained to assist people with visual impairments. The five-year personnel training grants will help prepare orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists, vision rehabilitation therapists, rehabilitation counselors, and teachers of children who are visually impaired.
- New Vision Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Center is Coming to Maine
Construction on a new vision rehabilitation and training center in Portland, Maine, the only such facility for individuals "who live north of Newton, Massachusetts," according to Bangor Daily News, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015, thanks to $1.1 million in grant funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education.
- January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
Read about VisionAware and NEHEP resources
- U.S. Pharmacy Chain Enhances Accessibility Options for Prescription Labels by Adding Braille and Large-Print
Through the ScripAbility program, prescription medicines ordered through CVS/pharmacy's online pharmacy can now be delivered with large print or braille labels. These new accessible prescription label formats are in addition to the audio prescription labels, known as ScripTalk, which were made available to the customers of CVS/pharmacy in March 2014.
- The Braille Challenge 2015 Is about to Begin in the United States and Canada
The annual braille reading and writing competition for students who are blind or have low vision, Braille Institute's Braille Challenge, recently announced the dates and locations for the regional competition in the United States and Canada.
- Patients Not Referred for Low Vision in Timely Manner
Read the latest research
- Call for papers for the JVIB 2016 Special Issue on Aging
The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) invites papers addressing a variety of topics related to aging and vision impairment for its 2016 special issue.
- 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.