20 Aug

International Travel as a Blind Person: Europe and Its Varied Transportation Options

Jennifer Kennedy standing with her long white cane at the gate of Porta San Giovanni in the Aurelian Wall of Rome, Italy.
Jennifer Kennedy, MA, NOMCT is blind and works as a cane travel instructor for the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Utah. She talked with us about her recent trip with her husband, Daniel Ashman, to...
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14 Aug

Determining the Number of Minutes for Cane Travel Instruction Just Got Easier

Large clock framed by a tall building in a big city; courtesy of Phillip Pessar, on Flickr
Today, we are excited to announce that we have been (and will continue) to develop an additional tool for orientation and mobility instructors, who teach blind and low-vision students how to travel independently, safely and confidently using long white canes....
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30 Jun

New research: Proposed, global standard for quiet cars won’t benefit average blind person

This fall, a working group of the United Nations will meet to review proposed regulations that would set an international minimum sound standard for electric and hybrid electric vehicles, which would require that vehicles be equipped with a sound generating...
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23 Jun

Put That Hand Down: Stopping the Use of Protective-Hand Techniques

Conventionally-trained orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors teach students to use protective-hand techniques, which consist of holding the arm in front of the face or belly, palm out, to locate obstacles. While there are a few appropriate times to temporarily use...
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29 May

Yes, You Can Read Braille 110% Faster in 9 Months

Today’s encouraging post comes from Stephanie Martin, a current master’s student at Louisiana Tech University’s Institute on Blindness, where she is studying to become a teacher of blind students. The Institute on Blindness sets high expectations for its graduate students...
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22 May

How to Make Bulletin Boards Accessible to Blind Students

"We Love Braille" bulletin board for blind students
As soon as children walk through the door into school, they are in a reading-rich environment thanks to the plethora of classroom signs, posters, calendars and—especially—bulletin boards. Sighted children take in the information incidentally by seeing it, but what about...
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