Into the Light
Humanity has paused on Jones Street near the summit of Russian Hill in San Francisco. Tourists, businessmen, café workers, the homeless – all seem to have taken a collective breather at this steepest of places, a city peak where stairs are carved into the sidewalks so people don't topple. Only one person keeps climbing, and he's talking, too; he's saying that you can't stop here, that if you just keep pushing, you'll see things no one else will see, that Macondray Lane is just over the hill and that it's the most magical place in all of San Francisco, but you'll never see it if you don't keep pushing, you'll never see Macondray Lane unless you really know how to look.
posted by Joe in Australia
on Jun 10, 2013 -
Accessibility is what allows me to use things like a phone, computer, or an ATM. May 9th is all about this. -Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic. (previously)
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
is today. It's a day to consider how people with disabilities experience the web, software, mobile devices, games and so on, targeted towards designers, developers, usability professionals and others without much experience with accessibility. There are public events scheduled
all over the world, as well as other accessibility-related events
. To participate on your own, try one of the suggested activities
: turn off your mouse or trackpad and use only your keyboard to navigate websites, try using a free screen reader, such as NVDA
for Windows or the built in VoiceOver
for Mac and iOS, try watching some streaming videos or movies with captions or add some of your own
to a video you've uploaded. Then relax with a sample of described video
: Katniss, from the Hunger Games, goes hunting. [more inside]
posted by shirobara
on May 9, 2013 -
Six years ago, US Army Captain Ivan Castro was severely wounded in a mortar attack in Iraq that left him permanently and completely blinded. Today, he's one of only three blind active duty Army officers, and the very first to serve in the US Army Special Forces. Thirteen months and 36 surgeries after the attack, Castro ran the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon in 4:14 and the
Army Ten Miler in 1:25. And he's still going: In the last 15 months, he's completed 14 marathons. Why? "Because I still can. Because people need to see what's possible." [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 13, 2012 -
A very special South Korean version of "The Miracle Worker" (Part 1
, Part 2
), featuring music purloined from the shows Bat Boy
and Legally Blonde
posted by hermitosis
on May 31, 2012 -
Braille is facing extinction, says Canadian newsweekly Maclean's
, thanks to strained budgets, audiobooks and text-to-speech. "In the 1950s about half of all blind children learned Braille, says the U.S. National Federation of the Blind. Today, that number has fallen to 10 per cent -- and it's about the same in Canada. For some, like NFB director Mark Riccobono, that means we're letting blind children grow up as illiterate as Braille's 19th-century contemporaries. 'If only 10 per cent of sighted children were being taught [to read],' he told Maclean's
, 'that would be considered a crisis.'"
posted by mcwetboy
on May 7, 2010 -
Recently, a man's sight was returned to him
after losing it for 12 years. How did he do it? Surgeons drilled a hole through one of his canines, put a lens in it, and implanted the construct in his eye. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny
on Jul 18, 2009 -
'Twas blind, but now I see?
— Virgil surgically regained his sight after nearly 50 years of blindness: "On the day he returned home after the bandages were removed, his house and its contents were unintelligible to him, and he had to be led up the garden path, led through the house, led into each room, and introduced to each chair.
" In the end, he and others
like him [PDF]
would have rather stayed in the Country of the Blind
. (A happier ending was the more recent case of Mike Mays, previously posted here
posted by cenoxo
on Jun 17, 2006 -
The Australian cigarette health warnings
have pretty much filtered down to every retail packet that's bought now. They're pretty gruesome
and some smoking acquaintances cover them up with stickers. I thought I'd have a look around and see what other countries warnings were like. None of them were pulling any punches except for Uruguay.
posted by tellurian
on May 17, 2006 -
New hope for blind hamsters.
According to the Guardian, scientists at MIT have repaired brain damage and restored eyesight to rodents using nanotechnology. In the study, minute particles were injected into damaged parts of the brain, and subsequently arranged themselves into a "scaffold" gel throughout the damaged area. The scaffold allowed severed nerves to regrow and form new connections. 75% of test animals' injuries were improved with the new technique. (The article did not note if the test subjects offered any resistance to the therapeutic measures.)
posted by rob511
on Mar 14, 2006 -
a gorgeous comic based on the author's experiences with having a detached retina and going through eye surgery.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 30, 2005 -
The gift of sight
is easy to take for granted. Not for Mike May
, blinded in infancy, Mike had partial vision restored at the age of 43. This is his journal
, written with infectious delight for his new gift and documenting the unexpected problems that the miracle brings. There's much, much more to vision than just the data
and Mike is an unprecedented opportunity to better understand how perception works. [via the Guardian and previously mentioned here]
posted by grahamwell
on Aug 26, 2003 -
Virtual light - "...the wires plug into Patient Alpha's head like a pair of headphones plug into a stereo. The actual connection is metallic and circular, like a common washer. So seamless is the integration that the skin appears to simply stop being skin and start being steel."
Cameras that jack into a blind man's brain, allowing him to 'see' may soon be here.
posted by GriffX
on Aug 14, 2002 -
The world of the sightless is a world I don't often explore. In high school, I had two classmates who were brothers and both sightless. I was amazed at the "tricks" they used to cope in day-to-day tasks we take for granted. Dining at Blindekuh
(Swiss German for blind man's bluff), where you eat in complete darkness
, would be quite an 'eye-popping' experience. There's a four month waiting list for a table.
posted by JISH
on Dec 19, 2001 -