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New insight into common cause of blindness

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Photo: Woman with glasses tries to read a description [19/11/2014] Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified an important new factor behind one of the major causes of blindness, which they hope could lead to new treatments. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of blindness in the western world, affecting around 50 million people. It has been shown that sufferers are genetically predisposed to develop the condition. New insight into common cause of blindness - Read more

Mobile and independent in everyday life – Help from rehabilitation teachers

Crossing a street or tying your shoes can sometimes be a challenge – when the ability to see worsens or is entirely lost for example. It then becomes even more important to relearn routes and aspects you have to deal with every day. Rehabilitation teachers provide the necessary assistance.Mobile and independent in everyday life – Help from rehabilitation teachers - Read more

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives

Photo: Elderly woman with glasses in supermarket [26/09/2014] Many Americans across racial and ethnic groups describe losing eyesight as potentially having the greatest impact on their day-to-day life, more so than other conditions including: loss of limb, memory, hearing and speech (57 percent of African-Americans, 49 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 43 percent of Asians and 38 percent of Hispanics).Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives - Read more

Sensory REHACARE: help with hearing and seeing

Experiencing life with all your senses – unfortunately, not everyone is able to do this. This is why there are different kinds of assistive devices, counseling and services that are meant to assist people with sensory disabilities. At REHACARE 2014, sensory disabilities are also once again a topic. Two theme parks offer many delights for the eyes and ears in Hall 5.Sensory REHACARE: help with hearing and seeing - Read more

Education vital to the visually impaired

Photo: Students reading books in Braille [12/09/2014] A new wide-ranging survey has gathered the responses of nearly 1000 visually impaired people. The project 'Med jobb i sikte' (Work in mind) has included the first major survey of its kind since 1994. Whereas in previous surveys the emphasis was on facilitation and support schemes, focus has now turned to the factors that help and hinder the visually impaired from getting jobs.Education vital to the visually impaired - Read more

StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind

Photo: Blind woman at a bus stop [20/08/2014] A program called StopInfo integrates with OneBusAway and provides specific information on location, safety features and stop closures for each bus stop in King County. In particular, it seeks to collect and share information that blind people have identified as important when they ride the bus. It relies on bus riders using the application to update and provide information about each stop.StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind - Read more

New gadget helps the vision-impaired to read graphs

Photo: Gadget for the blind [08/08/2014] People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers.New gadget helps the vision-impaired to read graphs - Read more

Modern and mobile: Everyday helpers 2.0

Whether we want to know about the weather or health – today’s technology enables us to quickly get the desired information while we are on the go. The mobile helpers are called apps and depending on what we are looking for, provide us with different data. People with disabilities are also increasingly benefitting from these apps.Modern and mobile: Everyday helpers 2.0 - Read more

3D printer to aid visually impaired in educational endeavors

Photo: Different objects made with a 3D printer [04/07/2014] Tactile objects in various size, shape and colors, can now be made with 3D printer. They are manufactured with thermal reflow treatment, which is eco-friendly and durable.3D printer to aid visually impaired in educational endeavors - Read more

Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology

Photo: Hand touching jellyfish on display [02/07/2014] Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your tablet display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around.Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology - Read more

Making artificial vision look more natural

Photo: Eye overlaid with transparent images [16/06/2014] In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people, the researchers say.Making artificial vision look more natural - Read more

Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved

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Photo: Eye [27/01/2014] The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a recent study.Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved - Read more

Research Advancements Made in Diabetes-Induced Blindness

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[20/01/2014] Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have identified new molecular abnormalities in the diabetic cornea that could contribute to eye problems in affected patients. With this new knowledge, investigators aim to accelerate the process of healing and repair in damaged corneas to ultimately reverse the effects of diabetes-induced eye complications.Research Advancements Made in Diabetes-Induced Blindness - Read more

A Harness for Guide Dogs Must Suit Both Dog and Owner

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Photo: Guide dog for the blind and harness [06/01/2014] A proper harness that enables good communication between the blind person and the dog is an important factor in the animal’s well-being, while a poorly fitting harness may result in health problems and impaired communication between dog and owner.A Harness for Guide Dogs Must Suit Both Dog and Owner - Read more

Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Program

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Photo: Color-coded map [18/10/2013] In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can't see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user's movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Program - Read more

Textured Images Help Tactile Recognition for the Blind

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[07/10/2013] The use of different materials with varied textures improves the recognition of tactile images by young blind people, researchers from the Laboratoire de psychologie et neurocognition (LPNC) (CNRS/Université Pierre Mendès France/ Savoie University) have shown. Textured Images Help Tactile Recognition for the Blind - Read more

Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons

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Photo: New Device [11/09/2013] The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision. For development of a smartphone software solution, the research group around Rainer Stiefelhagen at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is awarded the US$ 83,000 Google Faculty Research Award.Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons - Read more

Blind People Have an ‘Inner Bat’ to Locate Objects

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Photo: Blind person with a dog [28/06/2013] New research from the University of Southampton has shown that blind and visually impaired people have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that used by bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object.Blind People Have an ‘Inner Bat’ to Locate Objects - Read more

Software Improves Facebook Accessibility for the Blind

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Photo: Screenshot of adapted Facebook page [18/02/2013] Researchers have developed a software package that adapts Facebook for visually impaired people.Software Improves Facebook Accessibility for the Blind - Read more

Helping Deafblind People to Communicate

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Photo: TACTIC gloves; linked to [13/02/2013] A team of researchers has designed a new device to help deafblind people to communicate.Helping Deafblind People to Communicate - Read more

An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision

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[17/08/2012] Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code and coupled this information to a novel prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice.An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision - Read more

Diabetes Drug Could Treat Leading Cause of Blindness

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[01/08/2012] University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston researchers have discovered that a drug already prescribed to millions of people with diabetes could also have another important use: treating one of the world's leading causes of blindness.Diabetes Drug Could Treat Leading Cause of Blindness - Read more

Seeing without Being Able to See: “All visually impaired people need individually adapted auxiliary means”

Those who cannot see well after an accident or due to older age need different auxiliary means to lead a broadly normal life. What exactly is needed depends on the individual vision and must be adapted to the personal needs.Seeing without Being Able to See: “All visually impaired people need individually adapted auxiliary means” - Read more

First GPS for the Blind

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[25/06/2012] A new application for devices with Android operating systems, called OnTheBus, helps people find their way and move around in large cities. The application is useful especially for people with visual, hearing or cognitive impairments.First GPS for the Blind - Read more

Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk

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[18/06/2012] A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests that the antioxidant, rhSOD (recombinant human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase), reduces the risk of developing Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in extremely low gestational age newborns.Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk - Read more

Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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[23/05/2012] It is easy to see that University of Cincinnati design students are on to something with their new design and prototype for a prescription-medicine pill bottle that better serves the needs of the blind and visually impaired by means of a simple and inexpensive innovation.Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Read more

Risk of Blindness Halved Over Last Decade

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[30/01/2012] Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark shows the number of new cases of blindness.Risk of Blindness Halved Over Last Decade - Read more

New Device Helps the Blind to Move Independently

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[15/07/2011] A team of engineers have developed a new device that helps the blind to move independently. This system is called EYE 21. It is an electronic tool that allows blind people to move autonomously in any environment. New Device Helps the Blind to Move Independently - Read more

Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired

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[01/06/2011] A group of researchers is creating a high-tech aid for blind and partially blind people who have long depended on white canes as their only tool for getting around. A design first shown a year ago is now being further developed.Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired - Read more

Practice Improves Sense of Touch and not Loss of Sight

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[13/05/2011] New research may answer a controversial question: do the blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for vision loss or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? The study suggests daily dependence on touch is the answer. Practice Improves Sense of Touch and not Loss of Sight - Read more

Neuropsychology: Some Blind People 'See' with their Ears

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[21/03/2011] Researcher compared the brain activity of people who can see and people who were born blind, and discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information instead. Neuropsychology: Some Blind People 'See' with their Ears - Read more

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We present theatre projects by actors with a disability and special productions accessible for handicapped people. Theatre - Read more

 
 

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