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Wednesday Roundup For July 24, 2013

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Welcome to the Wednesday Roundup for July 24, 2013 brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. The stories in this week’s issue include science discoveries, blindness research, upcoming webinars, and other technology news. So let’s jump in without further delay, and enjoy what is going on in the world around us.

This is an amazing use of PhD students in building components of a sensor that will be able to map a room. This would enable blind and deaf/blind people to maneuver in buildings where technology at this time would not help. It is believed that this device could be as small as a smart phone. Ahh, could that in fact, lead to an app that could feasibly do the same?
http://www.healthcanal.com/eyes-vision/40931-new-navigation-gadget-for-people-who-are-blind.html

I just got the words out of my mouth in the previous story, and here you go with a cell phone that can help a blind person by letting them know what is ahead of them by merely holding the phone out in front. Who wouldn’t like to test this kind of technology?
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/07/21/for-blind-kids-smartphone-shows-way/RCxI74zW3ENnpMtXP02oNL/story.html

The app in this story has been around for a while. I have seen it in action running credit cards in payment transactions for a sighted person’s business. The developers have reached out to a blind organization to assist in meeting the accessibility needs of that community. This will enable blind merchants to take payments in their business as well as make it easier for a blind person to make purchases with their cell phone.
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/22/5585376/nfb-of-ma-and-square-inc-to-collaborate.html

The next story is about a project for persons who have a combined loss of vision and hearing. This is a federal project known as I Can Connect. This is about one State, Montana, and it’s desire to get the word out to all the Stakeholders in order to be sure that persons who qualify, can get the help needed for their communications technology needs.

These projects are all over the United States, and have already benefitted many persons by getting accessible phones, computers, and hearing devices. to those who qualify.
http://helenair.com/news/local/free-equipmeI nt-available-for-those-with-vision-and-hearing-loss/article_a0e40bb4-ef69-11e2-a940-001a4bcf887a.html

Wonder where Apple Maps are in comparison to Google Maps? This story talks about the two and gives strengths and weaknesses of both. Seems that Apple Maps are much better at giving you directions even after you lose internet connection.
http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/22/apple-ios-6-maps-vs-google-maps-20-for-ios-labels-local-search

This news is very encouraging to persons who have lost their vision due to retinal eye diseases. This research has given hope to those of us with these diseases that previously had no promise of cure or for that matter, even lessening of symptoms.

These techniques may not be available for those of us who are older, but are so exciting to know that they may be useful for our children and their children.

Who knows what the future holds, but doesn’t it provide us with hope for the future of the world of blindness? Wouldn’t that truly be a miracle?

We have seen articles about diagnosing eye diseases early. So, if this research comes to fruition and we detect diseases earlier, researchers could feasibly wipe out blindness, or at least narrow the bridge between being blind or being sighted.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263749.php

This comes at a great time for blind and visually impaired persons in the United States. With the threat of identity theft growing by leaps and bounds, we must become proactive and protect our personal information in every way we can.

Hopefully, this webinar put on by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will give us more tactics that we haven’t thought of on our own. When it comes to your most personal information, there is always room for more knowledge.

Is your personal information a theft waiting to happen? If so, this should prove to be helpful.
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/07/idtheft.shtm

“When the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was enacted on July 26th of that year, its stated goals were to promote equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

Although employment, transportation and telecommunications receive much of the publicity, the ADA is a platform to good health for every person with a disability who wishes to live, work, play and go to school alongside others in his or her community.” Isn’t this what we all want?

I remember going into a doctor’s office and having to ask for help in filling out the pile of forms they handed me. When I said, “Is there someone that can help me fill this out?” This request was met by a loud sigh, and the response, “We don’t have anyone to help you, because we are very busy.”

Needless to say, I left that office and went home and made an appointment with another new doctor.

Well, I learned from that experience and made sure the next time I was going to a new doctor, I would tell them up front that I am blind, and would someone be able to help me fill out the forms. I never ran across that again, because I made sure on the first call to be sure they could help me fill out the forms or email them to me.

I am probably preaching to the choir, but if just one person out there is able to make an appointment and not be intimidated by this kind of response that I got the first time, then I feel that it is important to say it.

I went to a gym and wanted to participate in a Zoomba class. The instructor, after I spoke to her before class and told her my story, made the effort to “audio describe” all the moves so that I could participate. There are people out there who don’t mind taking a minute to assist you with those things that you absolutely can’t do on your own.

What I am trying to say is, don’t feel like you don’t want to go to the doctor, because it is a stressful event, and maybe you don’t have anyone to fill out forms for you or don’t want someone who is giving you a ride to have all your personal information. .
Http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2013/07/22/the-ada-a-platform-for-healthy-living-and-inclusion

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