The Bookseller: Booker Prize shortlist released in braille and audio through RNIB partnership

The Bookseller: Booker Prize shortlist released in braille and audio through RNIB partnership. “This year’s Booker Prize shortlisted titles are being formatted in braille and audio through a partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Booker Prize Foundation. All six books in contention for the prize will now be made available in free accessible formats, and will also be available to download from RNIB’s online library.”

ScienceDaily: Wearable devices can reduce collision risk in blind and visually impaired people

ScienceDaily: Wearable devices can reduce collision risk in blind and visually impaired people. “A new randomized controlled trial shows wearing a vibrating collision device can reduce collisions in people who are blind and visually impaired, adding a potential new tool that can be used by these populations in addition to a long cane, to ensure independent travel safety.”

San Diego Union Tribune: Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to raise money for pottery school

San Diego Union-Tribune: Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to raise money for pottery school. “A year ago this month, Kelvin Crosby was at his lowest ebb, when the tiny bit of clear vision he had left disappeared. Then things got worse. Last fall, the development funding for his startup company ran out, leaving him with no income. But with the help of hand-thrown pottery — a craft he learned in high school and took up again last December — Crosby, 33, is now back on top, both emotionally and on TikTok, where he has amassed more than 258,000 followers and 4.1` million likes for his 6-month-old TikTok channel DeafBlindPotter.”

Pennsylvania Press Room: The State Library Of Pennsylvania Announces New Resource For Pennsylvanians With Disabilities

Pennsylvania Press Room: The State Library Of Pennsylvania Announces New Resource For Pennsylvanians With Disabilities. “Harrisburg, PA – In collaboration with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) today announced the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has changed its name to the Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP) and launched a new, centralized website available to all Pennsylvanians.”

IBM Research Blog: New smartphone app to navigate blind people to stand in lines with distances

IBM Research Blog: New smartphone app to navigate blind people to stand in lines with distances . “Social distancing has become the norm — but for visually impaired people, adhering to the regulations can be tricky. Especially when it comes to standing in line. Our team wants to help. We have developed an AI-driven assistive smartphone app dubbed LineChaser, presented at … CHI 2021, that navigates a blind or visually impaired person to the end of a line. It also continuously reports the distance and direction to the last person in the line, so that the blind user can follow them easily.”

PR Newswire: Tactile Images Partners With Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind to Deliver More Than 45 Million Images to the World’s Blind and Disabled Population (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Tactile Images Partners With Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind to Deliver More Than 45 Million Images to the World’s Blind and Disabled Population (PRESS RELEASE). “Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and the National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights and membership organization of the blind, have partnered with Tactile Images to deliver more than 45 million images to the world’s blind and disabled population at museums, science centers, libraries, schools, and government agencies. This partnership will significantly enhance educational opportunities and cultural inclusion for blind and disabled individuals.”

Newz Hook: Jadavpur Univ student launches online museum of collectibles accessible for visually impaired people

Newz Hook: Jadavpur Univ student launches online museum of collectibles accessible for visually impaired people . “Items like theatre posters, ticket stubs or political leaflets are meant for short term use but which over time become valuable as they provide information about a certain period. Jadavpur University student Subhradeep Chatterjee has launched The Ephemeriad Project, an online museum which showcases such items with a special focus on accessibility for visually impaired people.”

TechCrunch: What will tomorrow’s tech look like? Ask someone who can’t see

TechCrunch: What will tomorrow’s tech look like? Ask someone who can’t see. “When I was pronounced legally blind in 2009, I didn’t know one other person who called themselves blind – least of all ‘low vision’ or ‘visually impaired.’ Today, I manage the largest blindness community in the world, Be My Eyes, a support platform where more than 4 million people and companies use live video to support users in almost 200 languages. And though the growth of our collective community is a crucial step making our lives better, it’s just one piece of what makes today, as I’ve heard many others say, ‘a great time to be blind.’”

VentureBeat: Google’s Project Guideline uses AI to help low-vision users navigate running courses

VentureBeat: Google’s Project Guideline uses AI to help low-vision users navigate running courses. “In collaboration with nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Google today piloted an AI system called Project Guideline, designed to help blind and low-vision people run races independently with just a smartphone. Using an app that tracked the virtual race via GPS and a Google-designed harness that delivered audio prompts to indicate the location of a prepainted line, Guiding Eyes for the Blind CEO Thomas Panek attempted to run New York Road Runners’ Virtual Run for Thanks 5K in Central Park.”

PR Newswire: American Foundation for the Blind Announces Access and Engagement Report, Illustrating Impact of COVID-19 on Students with Visual Impairments and Their Educators (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: American Foundation for the Blind Announces Access and Engagement Report, Illustrating Impact of COVID-19 on Students with Visual Impairments and Their Educators (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the release of the Access and Engagement research report, based on the Spring 2020 survey that investigated the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of 455 students with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness, and their families. The study also examined the experiences of 1,028 teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), orientation and mobility (O&M) specialists, and dually certified professionals.”

PR Newswire: American Foundation for the Blind Announces Flatten Inaccessibility Report, Illustrating Impact of COVID-19 on Blind or Visually Impaired Adults (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: American Foundation for the Blind Announces Flatten Inaccessibility Report, Illustrating Impact of COVID-19 on Blind or Visually Impaired Adults (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the release of the Flatten Inaccessibility research report, the culmination of survey findings from 1,921 U.S. participants who are blind (65%) or have low vision (35%). The survey investigated the experiences of these participants during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how they were affected in areas including access to transportation, healthcare, access to food and supplies, employment, education, and voting.”

Centennial Citizen: Preserving blind Coloradans’ history

Centennial Citizen: Preserving blind Coloradans’ history. “More than a century’s worth of records now packed into boxes and storage containers in the basement of the Colorado Center for the Blind will soon be transformed into a comprehensive, digital history and made available to the public. Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado are in year two of a five-year project to digitally preserve records of the state’s blind community — before the documents deteriorate or are lost. Most importantly, project leaders said, the history will finally be accessible to the very community it’s written about.”