Have you had enough bad news this week? Would you like to read about people who are overcoming obstacles and doing interesting things? Here are 3 stories you might like to read.
1. Jen Tylock has a visual impairment from Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, and she is dedicated to helping other people with visual impairments. You can read the entire article here, but below is an excerpt.
"Having just finished her freshman year at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Tylock is spending her summer working at the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Hyderabad, India, trying to improve the fate of others with visual impairment. She was chosen from a pool of applicants to have her summer project funded by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative.
Tylock's summer work includes several initiatives. One is running a trial on “PEEK,” a smartphone app that provides a complete eye exam via a phone and clip-on hardware. According to Tylock, PEEK is designed to reduce time and cost for eye care in rural areas, since transporting all the usual equipment is challenging and expensive. Her role in the trial is helping collect and analyze data.
Another project she's involved with is “Roshni,” a website being set up by the institute. The goal of Roshni is to provide information (regarding education, employment, recreation and other crucial topics) to those who are blind or visually impaired in India – all on a single site. Tylock is doing research for the technology part of the website, locating all the different technologies available in India that can aid people with visual impairment." (Community Advocate)
2. Teaching students with visual impairments how to surf sounds like a wonderful job! Read the article to watch the video as well. Here is an excerpt:
"Instructors from Learn to Surf L.A. taught children from the Braille Institute in Los Angeles the basics of surfing Thursday. Learn to Surf L.A. has been providing year-round surf lessons in the L.A. area since 2002 and started their pro bono Manhattan Beach camp for the blind at El Porto three years ago.
“It’s a really gratifying experience for everyone involved,” founder Pat Murphy said. “This is something that scares people who have all their senses. It’s humbling to have them just go for it and stand up.” (Daily Breeze)
3. Author Judy Little, who is blind, met with blind and low vision at the W. Ross Macdonald school in Canada.
"Teacher Marisa Parker, who hosted Thursday's event, said Little is a Canadian icon.
"The most important thing for the kids to see is that she's a successful visually impaired adult and then that she's an amazing children's author," said Parker.
"It's been fabulous to hear her words and then meet her. Her books are about honesty and perseverance, especially for those with disabilities or troubles."
Read the entire article here, and you can see pictures of the author and her fans. (Brantford Expositor)
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.