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By TANYA MOHN
Published: October 25, 2013
ON a recent Friday night, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held its first public exhibition of original art made in its “Seeing Through Drawing” classes. Participants — all blind or partly sighted — created works inspired by objects in the museum’s collection that were described to them by sighted instructors and that they were also allowed to touch.
In another gallery, a tour in American Sign Language was followed by a reception for deaf visitors. And on select Fridays, new “multisensory stations” invite all guests — including those with a range of disabilities — to experience exhibits though scent, touch, music and verbal imaging, or describing things for people with vision impairment.
“The Met has a long history of accessibility for people with disabilities,” said Rebecca McGinnis, who oversees access and community programs. As early as 1908, the museum provided a “rolling chair” for people with mobility issues, and in 1913 held talks for blind public school children, she said. Today, there are programs for people with disabilities nearly every day...
By Rhiannon Mills, Sky Reporter
A DEAF artist has been commended for his intricate work based on Chester Zoo – made all the more remarkable because he has been blind since he was a teenager.
Minerva Hussain has Usher syndrome, which started to affect his sight when he was 18, gradually getting worse until he was left with just peripheral vision.
But the 44-year-old uses photographs, a magnifying glass and his memory to create vivid, incredibly detailed and tactile work that the viewer can see with their fingers as well as their eyes.
His Chester Zoo collage is full of different animals hiding and peeping from behind thick paper foliage and stiff cardboard fences, the enclosures are covered in glassy plastic, and he has included safari trucks, a ticket office and the zoo’s much-loved monorail.
“It was hard work, especially with my sight, to do everything myself,” he said.
“I cut out everything – there was a lot of sweat involved when I was sat down cutting things out and I had to make sure there was plenty of light so I could see everything.
“It took five weeks to do.”
Read the full article and view the video at Northwich Guardian
July 25, 2013
July 25, 2013
‘The chip is changing my life’: Tim Reddish with the silver medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and the OBE he was awarded in 2009
He’s won more than 50 medals swimming for his country, but Tim Reddish only ever had the pleasure of seeing a handful of them.
Diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition at the age of 31, the former Paralympian went totally blind 17 years ago.
But thanks to the fitting of a bionic eye, the 55-year-old can now see his haul in all its glory.
Mr Reddish – currently the chairman of the British Paralympic Association – told yesterday how a revolutionary retinal chip is enabling him to make out shapes and read a clock face.
London - Elderly people who have difficulty remembering their way home could benefit from a new Android-powered walking stick with built in sat-nav.
Fujitsu’s Next Generation Cane is designed to help the aged find their way around the city, as well as monitor vital signs like heart rate and body temperature.
Concerned family members can also follow the smart cane’s location online and receive e-mail alerts if the user falls over.
The cane comes with a companion app for users’ PCs, through which relatives or carers can programme routes to take.
As yet it cannot be asked for directions like a more typical GPS.
Japan-based Fujitsu showcased the prototype device, which looks a little like an upside down golf club, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Technology for the elderly is a key concern in Fujitsu’s home market, where more than 20 percent of people are over 65 – the highest proportion of senior citizens of any country in the world.
The smart cane comes equipped with various connection technologies, including GPS, 3G and WiFi, that allow it to find its way and send back information to the computer it is synced with.
Directions are given via an LED display on the handle. If the user needs to change direction, the cane vibrates and a large green arrow appears indicating where to turn.
By: ROBERT T. GONZALEZ
March 23, 2012
When most of us get lost in unfamiliar territory – a hotel, for example – we consult a map to orient ourselves. But for the blind it's not so easy. With this in mind, researchers have developed a virtual gaming platform that uses other sensory cues to help blind individuals develop mental maps of new surroundings before visiting them in person.
Posted By Admin On December 19th, 2011
Researchers from the Department of Electronics at the University of Alcala (UAH) wins the 3M Innovation Award 2011 in the area of security for their project “System location and navigation assistance to blind people using computer vision”. His proposal is to develop a tracking system and navigational assistance for the blind that allows guide them in structured indoor environments and in outdoor environments using sensor fusion of GPS and machine vision.
Pablo Fernandez and Luis Miguel Bergasa Sewer Pascual, Department of Electronics at the University of Alcala, are the winners in the Safety Innovation Award 2011 that each year gives the 3M Foundation. The proposal of these Researchers at UAH is developing a tracking system and navigational assistance for the blind to guide them in structured indoor environments (such as corridors, distributors, rooms …), as well as outdoor use fusion between a GPS sensor and a vision. The system indicates the way forward to reach a destination using acoustic information obtained through a voice synthesizer, similar to how GPS navigators do today.
Jamie Love from KEI sez, "During the WIPO negotiations on disabilities, the White House has told U.S. Blind groups it will kill a WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities if the treaty covers audiovisual works, including those used in education, including distance teaching programs. The fight at WIPO is being fought over the definition of a work. The US wants to limit the exceptions to works [in the form of text, notation and/or related illustrations], and opposes [in any media]. India, country with a large film industry, is among those who want to exceptions to cover audiovisual works, and India is supported by other countries. Brazil has suggested the decision on audiovisual works be left to national discretion. The US delegation has sent a tough message to the blind organizations, effectively threatening to kill the treaty is AV works are included."