The Effect Diabetes Can Have on Your Vision

andy/ December 1, 2020/ blindness, diabetes

The following is a great article about diabetes and blindness from our friend at Low Vision Specialists of Maryland and Virginia! Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood sugar and insulin levels in your body. It is well known that people who are affected by diabetes are at a higher risk of developing other health complications such as heart

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Accessible Pharmacy Partners With Be My Eyes

andy/ November 8, 2020/ Be My Eyes, blindness

Two blind-founded companies are teaming up to assist blind and low vision consumers with medication support, COVID testing and more By Will Butler Look around the pharmacy and what do you see? Small-print labels, identical pill bottles and inaccessible interfaces abound. And in the time of COVID, where drive-up testing and social distancing is the norm, blind and low-vision people

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BeMyEyes Webinar

andy/ July 2, 2020/ blindness

On Thursday, June 25th, BeMyEyes hosted a free webinar. Guests from the Valuable 500, Microsoft, and Google attended to indulge in a wonderful discussion regarding their company and organizations’ accessibility accomplishments. Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that connects sighted and blind users. Functioning through a video call, the Be My Eyes app allows blind users to request

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Blind Friendly Meter Recommendations

andy/ May 12, 2020/ AFB, blindness, NFB

We often get questions about Replacement Blind Friendly Meter Recommendations.  The AFB published an article a few years ago and the information is below. Over 16 million Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body cannot store and regulate glucose properly, and 5 million of them experience vision loss as a result. Although blood glucose meters have allowed people

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National Federation of the Blind Announces Scholarship Finalists

andy/ May 7, 2020/ blindness, NFB

Baltimore, Maryland (May 6, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for equal education of the blind, today announced the finalists for its annual scholarship program, which provides financial assistance and connects students with mentoring and other resources. The thirty scholarship finalists are listed below in alphabetical order with their home states and vocational goals.

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Accessibility Barriers on Forty-eight State Coronavirus Websites

andy/ May 1, 2020/ accessibility, blindness, NFB

The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, responded today to a recent survey finding accessibility barriers on forty-eight of fifty state websites that provide critical information about the coronavirus pandemic. The survey was commissioned by The Markup and conducted by Web AIM, a widely respected web accessibility organization. Web AIM tested the sites with

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Blind Americans Settle Lawsuit against Social Security Administration

andy/ March 13, 2020/ blindness

Blind Americans Settle Lawsuit against Social Security Administration The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, and two blind individuals, Lisa Irving and Amy Bonano, have reached a court-ordered settlement of the lawsuit they filed in 2017 against the Social Security Administration (SSA). Under the settlement agreement, the SSA will make improvements to the visitor

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Vitamin A Deficiency and Night Blindness

andy/ February 28, 2020/ blind pharmacy, blindness

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness, and is critical to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 to reduce child mortality. About 250,000 to 500,000 malnourished children in the developing world go blind each year from a deficiency of vitamin A, around half of whom die within a year of becoming blind. The United Nations Special Session

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