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The colour-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Design with accessibility in mind.
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may 2017 by vloux
Reduced cancer incidence among the blind. - PubMed - NCBI
‘We calculated standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) based on the number of person-years and incidence rates specific for national age, sex, and calendar year. Totally blind people had a lower incidence of all cancers combined [SIR = 0.69; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.59-0.82].’
medicine  blindness  cancer 
march 2017 by aidan
Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes - The New York Times
> The women had macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes vision loss, and they paid $5,000 each to receive stem-cell injections in 2015 at a private clinic in Sunrise, Fla. The clinic was part of a company then called Bioheart, now called U.S. Stem Cell. Staff members there used liposuction to suck fat out of the women’s bellies, and then extracted stem cells from the fat to inject into the women’s eyes.
fda  clinical_trial  blindness  2017  stem_cells 
march 2017 by porejide
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march 2017 by matthurst
How One Blind Marathon Runner Is Using Technology To Run Solo | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
y collaborating with IBM, Simon Wheatcroft wants to give blind runners the tools to run independently.
collaboration  running  marathons  blindness  fastcompany  ibm 
january 2017 by jorgebarba
Washington set to swear in 1st blind lieutenant governor
As Washington state prepares to swear in its first blind lieutenant governor, the Senate has undergone a makeover that incorporates Braille into that chamber's floor sessions.

On a recent day just weeks before the start of the legislative session that begins Monday, the desks of 49 senators got an upgrade: a system that will allow Lt. Gov.-elect Cyrus Habib to know by the touch of his finger which lawmaker is seeking to be recognized to speak.

"I'm really excited to show the public, particularly school children, that anything is possible," Habib said Thursday, just hours after testing the system out.

Habib, a 35-year-old attorney who completely lost his eyesight to cancer at age 8, was first elected to the state House in 2012 and won a state Senate seat in 2014. In November he beat Republican Marty McClendon to replace Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat who is retiring after holding the post since 1997. Habib will be sworn in on Wednesday.

The second highest position in the state, the lieutenant governor is best known as the president of the Senate and presides over that chamber during the legislative sessions, ensuring that protocol is followed and weighing in on parliamentary questions that arise during debate.
disability  accessibility  awareness  fuckyeah  firsts  WA  northwest  blindness  legislative 
january 2017 by theeditedword

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