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  1. Can You Miss What You’ve Never Had?

    Recently I received an e-mail from a good friend named Jean asking a legitimate question, to which I promised a thoughtful response. She knew I had visited Sweden a couple of years ago, and she asked how I enjoyed the trip without the ability to experience it visually.  Her inquiry prompted me to ponder my own blindness and how I approach life. I dislike the cliché, “a person cannot miss what he/she has never had”.  It implies that I as a person with congenital blindness somehow lack the capacity to…

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  2. Sure, she’s blind — and she’s so much more

    This is not the first time I’ve had cause to ponder the meaning of my blindness. It’s a question that crops up often in conversations with friends, in interviews, and when I first meet people. So I’ve given it a significant amount of thought and have no reservations in saying that my blindness has no meaning in my life – none at all. You see, I am not defined by my blindness. It is simply part of who I am, just as the fact that I have brown hair is…

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  3. BlindWays, A Free Crowdsourcing App to Help Blind People Find the Bus Stop

    What is it? BlindWays is a new app for iPhone. If you’re blind and looking for a bus stop using GPS, you could easily be off target and miss your bus — because GPS is only accurate to within 30 feet. BlindWays gives people who are blind audible landmark clues they can identify with their cane, so they know they’ve reached a bus stop and not a ‘No parking’ sign. How does it work? VoiceOver software tells people who are blind what landmarks exist as they approach a bus stop. Not familiar with VoiceOver?…

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  4. Advice for blind college students

    Hello.  My name is Daniel Jenkins.  I was born 31 years ago with stage five retinopathy of prematurity.  As a result of my ROP, I have been blind all of my life.  I attended Roanoke City public schools for the entirety of my secondary education.  I then attended Radford University where I received a bachelor of Science Degree in music in 2008.  In 2012, I received a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Radford University.  In this post, I wanted to offer advice to blind students who will be…

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  5. Back To School in a BlindNewWorld

    Another school year is here and parents and teachers alike are looking for school supplies. For visually impaired students, this list can come with a few extra supplies on it. But what kind of supplies do they need? How do these supplies differ from the supplies of a sighted classroom?   Whether you’re a teacher making a more inclusive classroom or a parent sending their child off to school, here are 7 supplies that can assist blind students on their road to knowledge.     1.Braille Readers As you would…

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  6. The misadventures of a blind gamer

    Whenever I introduce myself as a blind gamer I get a wide array of reactions. From doubt to surprise; they all funnel down to two main questions, “Why and how do you play video games?” I guess I should begin with how I got into video games in the first place. When I was young my family would visit my grandparents often. In their house was a room called the “Toy Room.” One of the most popular ‘toys’ was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Since my cousins are all…

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  7. Learning from the boss – who just happens to be blind

    Years ago – I guess maybe 20 now, I had a boss at a major insurance company who had lost his vision to retinosa pigmentosa.  Because he was a gifted auditor, he was made lead on a huge project that I was also a part of.  This project included creating a project hub on two floors of a newly constructed building, setting up multiple equipment stations, scanning images, burning CDs (what was then a completely new technology), establishing 2 call centers, documenting security, and a host of other high-level responsibilities….

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