Crossing The Upper East Side

January 9, 2013

As a resident of New York’s Upper East Side, I was very surprised to read Monday’s article on about local opposition to the installation of audible signals for the blind at Upper East Side street corners. While the article, also on Gothamist, pushes unflattering local stereotypes about my neighborhood, and the New York Post’s article is littered with awful puns, the more relevant discussion is why anyone here on the Upper East Side would be bothered about noise at traffic intersections.

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Blind Man Hops Into Car, Drives Himself To Taco Bell

March 29, 2012

Google posted a fascinating video of Steve Mahan, who is blind, driving to Taco Bell on his own, using Google’s pioneering self-driving technology. (It is captioned for the deaf, and audio-described for the blind.)

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Blind Film Critic Demonstrates How To Withdraw Money from ATM (Video)

February 27, 2012

The Blind Film Critic – best known for his critiques of popular movies from his perspective – demonstrates in a video how he withdraws $400 from a Bank of America ATM.

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Blind Entrepreneurs: Should Their Businesses Be Protected by Law?

February 22, 2012

This week, I came across two articles on my feed that illustrated the friction between two overlapping approaches in the disability market: protecting people with disabilities by law, and encouraging people with disabilities to be independent and work for themselves.

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Texting Without Bumping into Someone

February 21, 2012

A texting app for the blind, developed for the iPhone, could have an unintended safety benefit for the rest of us who keep walking into other people while sending messages.

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Is the Kindle Fire Accessible For the Blind? Not Yet.

February 2, 2012

An article published this week in Disability by Charlotte Gerber, a person with a disability, provided an informative overview of the Kindle Fire as an “accessibility device for the disabled.” However, the glaring weakness in the review is that it does not address significant accessibility issues for blind and low-vision readers.

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Would The Blind Be Pinterested? An Interesting New Search Tool For The Disability Market

January 30, 2012

Pinterest is redefining the Internet search experience, and delivers new and lucrative opportunities for businesses to advertise their products and measure consumer attitudes toward these products. From the perspective of someone who writes about marketing and business opportunities in the disabilities market, what does Pinterest mean for people with disabilities?

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VoKnow: Enabling The Blind And Elderly To Hear The News On Their Smartphones

June 13, 2011

VoKnow is a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android which converts published news content from the Internet into audio format, and then reads the content out loud to the listener — a time saver for busy people on the go, and a lifesaver for those with motion sickness and, as it turns out, those with blindness or vision problems.

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Touching A Face on Facebook

March 7, 2011

With 500 million users and growing, Facebook has become a powerful social networking and advertising tool. Yet, for the world’s blind and visually-impaired, Facebook’s rich multi-media platform presents a challenge.

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Eye Tracking, Revisited

March 4, 2011

Yesterday, I posted an article on my blog about software which tracks an user’s eyes as they look at websites on a computer browser. Incredible as it may seem, the capability of a webcam to track eye movements may have gotten cheaper and more widely available. Earlier this week, Lenovo, a leading PC computer maker, debuted a laptop prototype that gives users the ability to control the computer with his or her eyes.

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