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Smithsonian museums are becoming more accessible in D.C. with the implementation of new tech for the visually impaired.

Using the Aira app, Smithsonian museum visitors who are blind or have low vision can now access an app that uses their smartphone cameras or special glasses to provide wayfinding information coupled with on-demand verbal descriptions of everything from individual objects to entire exhibitions. For more information, you can readRead More …


Google Lookout now available!

If you are a Google Pixel user, you can now download the Lookout App from the Google Play store. The app helps Visually Impaired users identify objects and read labels. Google Says: Google recommends wearing your Pixel device on a lanyard around your neck or keeping it in your frontRead More …


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 inRead More …


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 attentiveRead More …


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 ofRead More …


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.


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