Traveling with a Visual Impairment

In 2017, a record-breaking 4.1 billion passengers traveled by airplane, an increase of 7.3% compared to the previous year, according to the International Air Transport Association. This staggering statistic is only expected to increase in the future due to the increasing ease of travel, as well as the trend towards mandatory business travel. As airports become increasingly crowded, they also become more and more difficult to navigate, especially for those with visual impairments or blindness.

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Adaptive Surfing for the Blind and Visually Impaired

One group that has been taking advantage of this sunny weather is the blind and visually impaired community. Surfing, and open water sports in general, are dangerous, depending on where you surf and the wave conditions as well, but that hasn’t stopped those in the visually impaired and blind community from tackling even the most difficult waves! 

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Resources For Visually Impaired Students: Navigating the School Systems While Blind

Students who are visually impaired or blind might need special accommodations and modifications compared to other students in class. Oftentimes, there is a common misconception that low vision students and blind students need to attend specialized schools. In reality, the vast majority of these students attend public schools with the general population, they just have some additional accommodations compared to sighted students.

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Accessibility Features Offered by Top Tech Companies

Many of the global leaders in the technology industry have joined the discussion of creating a more accessible society. Finding information on the resources and technologies these innovative leaders provide is not an easy task, and such a research project may leave you with more questions than when you started. To help you navigate tech companies’ advancements and accessibility efforts, we have condensed our research to offer a clear summary of options.

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Genetic Testing From a Mother's Perspective

Some people get so upset with the labels...for me, they always brought a sense of comfort in knowing I now had a "ticket" for resources and an "x" on the map to find my tribe. It really has been nothing more than that for us. Separating the child from the label has always been easy. As each new label came along, I always had this mantra that would play in my head, “He is the same kid now as he was a moment ago, before this new word was used to define some aspect of him.”

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Christian Guardino's Story

It wasn’t until he was 3 or 4 months old that his mother, Beth Guardino, noticed something was off. Christian was not making eye contact and was fixating on light sources. When Christian was 6 months old, she took him to a doctor who informed her that Christian had a rare genetic vision disorder called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA).

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Top Low Vision Tech

Assistive technology and low vision devices have come a long way in the past decade, and the race to make devices better and more comprehensive is on. While there are thousands of low vision devices out there, we think there are a few front-runners that are pushing the boundaries of what is expected.

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Insurance and Low Vision Devices

Low vision devices somehow were glossed over when insurance companies were deciding what should be covered and what should be your responsibility to pay. This leaves many individuals and families feeling hopeless and frustrated in their search for a vision aid that is affordable and effective.  

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