El Paso joins growing list of airports to enhance accessibility to visually impaired travelers

The aira cellphone app (https://aira.io/) charges a monthly subscription to connect those who are visually impaired to a trained agent to help them see using the cell phone camera. Recently El Paso International Airport partnered with aira to allow visually impaired travelers to use the service for free while in the airport. El Paso International airport is among a few select airports implementing services which make traveling visually impaired easier.

https://www.ktsm.com/community/el-paso-international-airport-launches-service-benefiting-blind-community/1784979381?apt_credirect=1


How Guide Dog teams are matched

Very cool article about the process Guide Dogs for the Blind match their human/guidedog teams.


Blind parents face unfounded accusations regarding newborn

This sort of thing really makes me sad. I fully realize that lack of education for the greater public is fully to blame. I can see no logical reason why a blind couple could not raise a child. I would also wager that they will be better and more attentive parents than most are. In the article, the couple explains that they planned having their child for some time, It is easy for me to advocate because I am visually impaired, but if I can’t use this platform to advocate for this couple who will?

I have not talked with the couple, but I would love to interview them for this website. I have a feeling that the concerns being raised are likely nothing more than busy-body neighbors.

On December 21st 2018, Eagle Point residents Danial and Minh Turnbull gave birth to their first baby.

Since then, they’ve had three reports put into the Oregon Department of Human Services by various people questioning their fitness to be parents, which they say were unfairly based in the fact that they are both blind

ktvl.com

https://ktvl.com/news/local/blind-parents-face-unfounded-accusations-regarding-newborn


Tucson International Airport adds service that helps visually impaired navigate facility

Bravo Tucson International Airport! Way to be an industry leader and support your visually impaired community with this new service!


Blind and low-vision passengers will get free help navigating Tucson International Airport with a system that connects them via mobile phone networks to a personal airport guide.

from Tucson.com

https://tucson.com/business/tucson-international-airport-adds-service-that-helps-visually-impaired-navigate/article_1fb92033-efae-537d-bd74-70b89568be49.html


What do drivers do when encountering a blind pedestrian?

Wow the Louisiana white cane law takes no prisoners when it comes to laying out how drivers should deal with a visually impaired person crossing the street!

https://www.beauregarddailynews.net/news/20190207/what-do-drivers-do-when-encountering-blind-pedestrian


Inspiring story of a blind baker getting his dream job.

While this story is not about travel specifically, I feel a connection to the hero of this story because he lost his sight in 2005 in a car accident like I did. Traumatic and sudden sight loss has been equated to losing a limb. At least if you Glaucoma of other similar disease that gradually takes you vision, at least you have time to come to grips with the loss.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12199991


life-changing device for the visually impaired gets an upgrade.

The MyEye 2 is a small device which uses AI to scan and read objects in front of the user. It features multiple languages and is small enough to clip on a pair of glasses.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/wearables/the-breakthrough-of-the-21st-century-how-this-product-changed-a-blind-womans-life/news-story/74f9881ed0f6f87a8797842bd982d1da


University of Iowa professor creates app with help from Microsoft

University of Iowa professor Kyle Rector has created an app which helps users stay in their lane while walking on a track. This is a difficult task even for those with good orientation and mobility skills. I can see this technology being used for great thigns in the future.


University of South Florida making navigation easier.

USF is refining 3d printing techniques to create tactile maps of the school for the visually impaired.

http://www.fox13news.com/news/what-s-right-with-tampa-bay/usf-student-develops-3-d-tool-for-visually-impaired-students


Guide dog helps visually impaired man navigate Spring Festival rush


Little Q, a golden retriever in a red vest, embarked on a 1,300-kilometer journey with his master during the Spring Festival travel rush.
“Little Q is my eyes, and I can rest assured with him,” said Su Bo, the dog’s owner, who is visually impaired.

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2019-01-31/detail-ifzeerre7964768.shtml


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