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Sep 9, 2022

In The News

In this post we aim to share reporting from the web that aligns with the purpose and spirit of OE, keeping our readers inspired and informed to live well with vision loss. 


ADJUSTING

Theresa climbing
Theresa climbing

Eyes in the back of my head! Meet the blind woman fearlessly scaling walls as high as London’s 180m Gherkin

This woman knows how to push the limits of vision loss. “Theresa Osborne-Bell, 41, cannot see her feet when she stands up, yet scuttles up sheer climbing walls with the agility and certainty of a squirrel – loving every minute of the freedom the sport gives her.” Read Now in Yahoo News.

Molly Burke wearing white dress with puff sleeves and full skirt
Molly Burke wearing white dress with puff sleeves
and full skirt

Meet Molly Burke, the social media star busting myths about blindness

“Molly Burke loves fashion, tattoos and makeup, so people sometimes don’t believe she’s blind. But Burke believes that what people wear is part of self-care and self-expression and that everyone should be able to enjoy fashion.” She is the role model she never had and is working to change the way society views blindness. Read Now on NBC.


TECH

Star birth image captured by James Webb telescope
Star birth image captured by James Webb telescope

Alt text helps the visually impaired experience the James Webb Telescope images.

A team of scientists, writers and educators worked together to add vivid descriptions to the spectacular images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope to help people with vision loss appreciate the detail. Read Now on NPR.

Siri icon with text: New in IOS 16
Siri icon with text: New in IOS 16

Everything New with Siri and Dictation in iOS 16

With this software update, Siri will insert emojis, hang up calls, announce notifications, and even pause a little longer while you finish dictating a message. Dictation now adds automatic punctuation; the microphone icon is moved into the Messages text box. And there’s more. Read Now on MacRumors.

Characters roaming around a cyber amusement park maze in which some sections are blocked by obstacles Image credit:
Characters roaming around a cyber amusement park
Maze in which some sections are blocked by obstacles
Image credit:
The Verge

Accessibility Week – The Verge

We know accessibility can both delight and disappoint us. The Verge turned the spotlight on both sides of this coin with a week filled with articles to explore the ups and downs. The subtext: “Technology promises a universally accessible world — and only sometimes manages to deliver,” introduces a wealth of articles on making the most of the accessibility features in iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows. There is an article on the magical possibilities in iPad, a look at the failure of ride-sharing for people with disabilities and more. Read Now on the Verge.


HEALTH

Woman removes headphones from child Image credit: Getty
Woman removes headphones from child
Image credit: Getty

5 Tips for Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Headphones

Wearing headphones, earphones, earbuds or AirPods has become the most common accessory on adults and on children as well. Unhealthy volume levels will cause permanent damage. The buds that go into your ear and seal out noise are the worst offenders. It’s all about awareness and prevention. Read Now on ZD Net.

A man wearing helmet, standing with bike
A man wearing helmet, standing with bike

Exploring Fitness for People Who are Visually Impaired

Many excellent and encouraging ideas for staying active and healthy from the Wisconsin Council of the Bind and Visually Impaired which includes advice for those who prefer to walk, run, bike, swim or work out at home, with a trainer or in a gym. Read Now on wcblind.org.

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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