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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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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October 5, 2010

After passing in the Senate last week, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which will improve access to mobile content for the deaf and blind communities, will soon become law. This means deaf consumers can now watch closed-captioned shows and movies on the Web on their PC or mobile devices. Before, closed-captions were […]

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Let Your Fingers Do the Hiring: Blind People and Employment

May 5, 2010

In the disability world, there is often a difference of opinion on whether it is more appropriate to enroll a disabled child in a school specifically geared toward him or her, or to mainstream the child with non-disabled children in the general educational system. The decision on how to enroll a disabled child has major […]

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