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SITE Apps Club Try The Buzzclip!

   Members of the SITE Apps Club tried a new wearable mobility tool for blind and partially sighted people at their recent meeting.The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people living with blindness or partial sight. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path. It then notifies […]

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Apple Proposes New Accessibility Emojis

Unicode posted a proposal from Apple  recommending the addition of 13 disability-themed emoji to Unicode’s global character standard. New emoji proposed include a guide dog, woman with white cane, man with white cane and ear with hearing aid. The proposed emojis broadly cover four main categories – Blind and Low Vision, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, […]

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Apple Releases iOS 11.3; Bringing New Features

Apple has released iOS 11.3 to the public. In addition to some new features and enhancements, this release also brings a number of improvements for blind and low vision users. In keeping with the spring updates the last couple years, Apple gave us a preview in January of some of the new features that would be […]

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Thousands of people In Ireland with visual impairments set to use new tactile voting system for the first time

Thousands of people who are blind or vision impaired throughout Ireland are getting ready to use the brand new tactile ballot template in the upcoming referendum, meaning they can now cast their votes in secret for the first time. Up to now people with sight loss had to rely on others to help them exercise […]

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Two patients regain vision damaged by AMD after stem cell treatment trial

  Two people who took part in a trial are able to read again after a special “patch” repaired damage to their eyes. A man in his 80s and a woman in her 60s were given a special “patch” of stem cells to repair the damage to their eyes from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), as […]

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A 4-Minute Surgery That Can Give Sight To The Blind

The blind have descended in droves on the Bisidimo Hospital in Eastern Ethiopia. The Himalayan Cataract Project is hosting a mass cataract surgery campaign at the medical compound that used to be a leper colony. For one week a team from the nonprofit has set up seven operating tables in four operating rooms and they’re […]

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Inclusive fitness equipment Research Report

Going to the gym or using exercise equipment at home is simply part of a daily routine for many people, but locking-in this routine isn’t as easy for everyone. A huge amount of modern fitness equipment just isn’t accessible for those with a visual impairment, as a new report has demonstrated. The study, ‘Inclusive fitness […]

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Have you experienced visual hallucinations known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

Newcastle University is looking for people diagnosed with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) and currently experiencing frequent visual hallucinations to take part in a study. Currently, there are no effective treatments for visual hallucinations in people with eye disease and it’s common for people with eye disease to experience vivid, persistent visual hallucinations. These hallucinations can […]

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Restoring sight with ‘tooth in eye surgery’

For some patients with severe types of corneal and ocular surface diseases, ‘tooth in eye surgery’ is a last resort to restore their sight. Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP), also known as ‘tooth in eye surgery’, is a specialist procedure which involves removing the patient’s tooth and inserting a tiny lens inside it, before it is implanted into […]

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Microsoft iPhone app creates a sound map

Microsoft has launched an app which can help map the world for blind and visually impaired people, giving directions, describing the local area and guiding them from place to place. The Soundscape app lets users set a beacon at their destination and then sets off 3D spatial audio cues to give the user awareness of […]

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