Welcome to the Wednesday Roundup for June 26, 2013 brought to you by Fedora Outlier, LLC. We have great stories about science discoveries, technology and general blindness topics, so sit back with your morning beverage of choice and learn about some of the most interesting stories from the previous week.A small pilot study is examining how mobile technology might support deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when an interpreter can’t be present at the time the services are requested. In the first part of the study a student uses an iPad to link with the Interpreter by using Face time.
Are you a sports minded person, or looking for a way to enjoy a sport without the benefit of good vision? I actually learned to play golf many years ago, but had to depend on a sighted person to point me in the direction of the flag. It was good exercise, got me outside, but I had to also depend on the person with me to find my ball and once again, point me in the right direction. Well, it seems that technology is evolving toward giving a person with limited or no vision the possibility of learning and enjoying this amazing pastime.
Researchers have developed a method to map rooms within a building, by using a series of clicks and signals similar to the way bats and dolphins emit sounds to navigate in their world. This ability, known as echolocation, is even possessed by some blind people.
Would you be interested in a mutant virus that could possibly in the future regenerate cells for Retinal diseases, and may even help give cancer patient hope for a cure? Scientist have found such a virus, and are testing it to improve vision in mice. Most diseased cells are not a desirable choice to treat “Retinal diseases or cancer of specific types, but scientists are very hopeful that this discovery will be a treatment to be offered in the future.
An investigational new drug significantly improved a common and debilitating circadian rhythm sleep disorder that frequently affects people who are completely blind. The new drug, called tasimelteon, selectively targets the master body clock in the brain.
This story shows us that a rising number of disabled people are increasingly able to find and keep jobs, as well as engage more broadly in their communities, because of new technologies specifically aimed at helping them better communicate or complete tasks.
It is the hope of Fedora Outlier, LLC, that the stories this week have brought hope, encouragement, and knowledge to our readers. For another empowering story, visit our website and purchase The Old Hat Guide to iPhone Accessibility and read all about Brie Rumery’s journey with learning how to use her new iPhone, and how she conquered her fears.