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Is Braille Obsolete?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Touchscreen phones work so well for blind people that Braille may become obsolete. But advocates worry this could render the next generation "functionally illiterate."

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The Takeaway

New Tech Maps Mass Transit & More for The Blind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Navigating mass transit is hard enough for those who see. It poses even more challenges for those who are blind. But new technologies are changing that. 

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The Takeaway

Beauty in The Eyes of a Sightless Beholder

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

When you're blind, how do you define beauty? And is it important? UC Berkeley English Professor Georgina Kleege, who is blind, shares her thoughts. 

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Selected Shorts

The Dog of the Marriage

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Broken heart?  Dogs can help.

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Selected Shorts

Family Ties

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Dogs are love, wacky wedding announcements, and a father-son story.

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Radiolab

Translation

Monday, October 20, 2014

How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 

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PRI's The World

It's not every day that a 10-year-old blind boy from Quebec sings the blues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A blind 10-year-old boy from Quebec named Félix has become a YouTube sensation for his take on a B.B. King classic. And counselors at his summer camp for blind children say he's helping inspire other kids to have more confidence in themselves.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Abstract Expressionist Painter Busser Howell

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Radiolab

Out of Sight

Thursday, August 01, 2013

John Hull and Zoltan Torey are both blind, but they deal with the world in completely different ways -- one paints vivid pictures in his mind, while the other refuses to picture anything at all. While John finds truth in darkness, Zoltan sees an emotional void. And as they argue, ...

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Radiolab

Seeing in the Dark

Monday, October 22, 2012

John and Zoltan are both blind, but they deal with the world in completely different ways -- one paints vivid pictures in his mind, while the other refuses to picture anything at all. In this short, they argue about the truth of a world they can't see.

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The Takeaway

Teaching Blind Children to 'See' With Their Ears

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but he has been able to lead a very active life and enjoys hobbies such as hiking and mountain-biking. To navigate, Kish uses tongue-clicks and listens to their echoes to create an image in his mind of the physical world around him.

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The Takeaway

The Blind Leading the Blind into the Technological Future

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Yesterday, the White House honored 14 people who’ve served as pioneers in advancing technologies for people with disabilities. Down the road, there may be one more big name to add to those being honored: Nektar Paisios. He just completed his computer science Ph.D. this month at New York University. Originally from Cyprus, and blind from the time he was four, Paisios is working on a number of iPhone apps that could solve some of the blind community's problems.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Getting More Audible Crosswalk Signals To Help Visually Impaired

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An accessible pedestrian crosswalk control panel (photo by William Alatriste/NY City Council via Flickr)

New York City is ramping up installation of accessible pedestrian crosswalk signals.

On Wednesday, the city showed off its newest APS at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and West 23rd Street. Twenty-one intersections across the city have been equipped with the audible signal devices since 2004. But the city said it's going to be putting them in at a significantly faster rate, with plans for 25 more in the next 12 months.

Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Department of Transportation commissioner, said the audible signals "are literally sound investments that will help improve the safety and quality of life for the most vulnerable New Yorkers who use our streets."

According to DOT information, APSs are wired to a pedestrian signal and can send audible messages to indicate when it is safe to cross. (The button that initiates the sound emits a clicking noise so it can be found by pedestrians.) The units also vibrate to help those with hearing impairments.

Using the new signal, at the intersection of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan (photo by William Alatriste/NY City Council via Flickr)

You can read more about the program -- as well as find out where the next audible signals are being installed -- here.

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WNYC News

Radio Service for the Blind In Danger of Shutting Down

Sunday, September 25, 2011

WNYC

A New York based radio service for the visually impaired that helps keep them up to date on current affairs says it’s funding will soon run out.

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Features

Experiencing Dance, Blindfolded

Friday, March 11, 2011

This month, the New York Public Library hosts free shows by Dana Salisbury and her dance troupe the No-See-Ums. The choreographed dances of movement, scents and sounds require audience members to be blindfolded and are meant to give a sense of what it feels like to lack sight. Listen to an audio montage of Staten Island residents reacting here.

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WNYC News

Special Ed Schools Fear Loss of State Funding

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Eleven schools serving 1,500 blind, deaf and severely disabled children fear their students may get an inferior education under Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Blind in New York City

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal and Chancey Fleet, adaptive technology instructor at the Jewish Guild for the Blind, discuss whether New York City is a good or bad city for the blind, and the resources and technologies available to blind people in the city.

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WNYC News

A Blind Techie in a Big City

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Is New York a good place to be blind? Or do all those cracked sidewalks, rampaging bike messengers, potholes and a populace that is in perpetual, clattering motion make this city even more imposing to the blind than it is for other newcomers?

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Transportation Nation

Will Blind People Drive in 2011?

Monday, July 05, 2010

(The Takeaway)  Blind people and advocates for the blind liken it to walking on the moon: The National Federation of the Blind has joined forces with Virginia Tech to create a car that could be driven by passengers who do not have the use of their sight. The car, slated at this point for a 2011 release, uses hand sensors, speaking computer directives and other forms of cutting-edge technology to aid their visibility-challenged drivers.  Here's Mark Riccobono, executive director of the National Federation of The Blind Jernigan Institute explaining it to John Hockenberry on The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

In the Works: Car for the Blind

Monday, July 05, 2010

Blind people and advocates for the blind liken it to walking on the moon: The National Federation of the Blind has joined forces with Virginia Tech to create a car that could be driven by passengers who do not have the use of their sight. The car, slated at this point for a 2011 release, uses hand sensors, speaking computer directives and other forms of cutting-edge technology to aid their visibility-challenged drivers.

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