Tag: visually impaired


Voting and accessibility (it’s that time again)

It’s time again for United States citizens to begin pondering their stance on the upcoming midterm elections. While we won’t be deciding on the president, we will be electing many local and state governing representatives. Since I launched Blind Travels, I have always made it a point to report onRead More …


A camera with a screen reader Sony A7RIV

There are a lot of visually impaired people who use still cameras as an important tool to capture a scene (like birthday party, or other special event) and see it later on a larger computer monitor. The inherent problem with this solution is that until recently, there were no DSLRRead More …


Ellume COVID-19 Home Test Accessibility Review

Recently I reported on the availability of COVID-19 tests that advertised themselves to be accessible for blind and visually impaired users. The tests are available at no cost from the US Post Office and come in six packs of two each (I’ll include a link to the ordering information later).Read More …


Update on COVID-19 accessible tests

A couple days ago I posted about free accessible COVID-19 tests which are readable through a smartphone for blind and low vision users. Today they have announced the USPS will send 12 tests in 6 packages instead of 2. Here is more information, I placed my order and they gaveRead More …


Blind Travels featured in Accessible Journeys Magazine

A heartfelt thank you  goes out to Accessible Journeys magazine for the wonderful article on Blind Travels in their summer issue. While we focus mainly on blind and low vision accessible travel, the fine folks at Accessible Travel create articles and tips geared toward a variety of disabilities. I encourageRead More …


The difference between emotional support animal and service dog

Do you know the difference between an emotional support animal and a service dog? It can be confusing, especially with the new legislation, and all of the claims by companies on the internet promising documentation to allow you to take your dog anywhere you go. I am a guide dogRead More …


Don’t pet the fluffy cows!

A reminder to keep an eye on your travel companions this summer. The woman in this article intentionally got too close to a Bison while visiting Yellowstone National Park. The animals in our national parks are not domesticated (in almost every case) and have little to no tolerance for touristsRead More …


New device uses haptics to allow the visually impaired to sense their surroundings.

Using 3d printed goggles holding stereo infrared sensors, scientists have developed a system for the visually impaired to navigate more effectively.  Users wear arms receptors which inform the user of objects in their path, according to the developer: “Distance information from the camera is mapped onto a 2D vibration arrayRead More …


New York becoming more friendly for the visually impaired!

While it is a great thing to see cities making their streets safer for the visually impaired to travel, it is certainly sad that it has to be by court order. According to the article in the New York Times, the ruling will fundamentally change the face of the city.Read More …


Malaysia making their vending machines accessible

Malaysia is launching a program to tackle one of the most difficult things to navigate as a visually impaired person: the vending machine. According to Mashable: The Southeast Asian nation’s biggest F&B vending operator, ATLAS Vending, recently collaborated with the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) to roll out aRead More …


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