Monday, December 26, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Genetic disorder CdLS brought into spotlight

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Teaching the blind to see through sound

[This is an old but interesting article. I found it hiding in one of my files. ~K.]

Teaching the blind to see through sound.
 Written by Karin Kloosterman. Wednesday, 26 August 2009.

JERUSALEM – Israeli researcher Dr. Amir Amedi has devised a new
technology  that uses sound to help the blind to see. A new soundscape language has been created by an Israeli researcher that allows blind people to 'see' objects in much the same way a bat does. Sounds can delight the ears and the soul, but according to Amedi, sounds can also give sight to the blind. After all, if bats can echolocate and 'see' with sound, then why not people, too?

Amedi, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has an eye-opening approach. Using sounds that can be associated with the basic shapes of physical objects,  Amedi and his Dutch colleague Peter Mejeri have effectively trained a number of congenitally blind people to 'see.' The patients do not 'see' via the optic nerve in the eye, but use their visual cortex directly. The sounds that Dr. Amedi's new software and algorithms  teach to the blind are, in effect, a new language called 'soundscapes.'  Soundscapes could enable those blind from birth, or newly blind, to 'see' who and what is in a room.

Hopefully, in time, those who have trained their brains will even be able to see objects that they haven't been trained to see, such as paintings. Seeing like a bat.

 "Theoretically, it could be possible to create high-tech audio glasses that convert visual information into audio signals that the blind can  interpret," says Amedi.
 "Instead of being 'blind as a bat,' one would effectively 'see' like a bat – using sound instead of vision to guide you on your way," he explains to  ISRAEL21c.

The Soundscape language works with the help of a webcam and a microphone. AmeAdi plays a sound signal for his blind subjects and presents them with an object – something simple like a thick diagonal bar.

The person is asked to feel the object and draw it. The resulting picture represents one letter of the new alphabet. He then introduces various sound-object combinations together, such as two diagonals crossing.

"The most attractive thing we found, and already published in Nature Neuroscience, is that there is a division of labour in the brain," Amedi says.

 "There are different parts of the cortex, which are devoted to different functions in the temporal lobe, occipital lobe, etc.," he says, adding that within each lobe there are sub-lobes, devoted to different tasks such as localizing objects and colour vision.

Waking up the brain.

"What we found in congenitally blind people who never saw, when we started to work on this, is that new languages, these auditory soundscapes, are  being activated in the auditory cortex. After they start learning, they start to recruit their visual cortex. In someone who hasn't seen in two decades, the visual cortex starts to recover.

 "It's like waking them up after all these years. They can retrain their visual cortex," Amedi says.

 "The blind use a webcam to transform what we see into sound. Learning an algorithm that converts the pictures to sounds is the trick," reveals  Amedi, whose lab is in the Department of Medical Neurobiology, Institute for  Medical Research Israel-Canada, at the Hebrew University.

In effect, the tool functions as 'artificial vision.' Once they master it, blind people should eventually be able to read and write and locate objects in their immediate environment. It wouldn't be unreasonable to imagine a day when they could walk into a room and 'see' how many people are in it. So far, the researchers have taught blind subjects to recognize objects in room such as shoes and to read short words like 'dad.' In theory, they could trickier," says Amedi.
The new universal language?
 Depending on a person's motivation and ability, the basis for the new 'seeing through sound' language could be learned in as few as 10 to 20 hours.  Amedi is already working with about 10 people in Israel and is awaiting permission to work with children who are blind. Those under six especially, have the ability to quickly learn and retain new languages.
Amedi is constantly working to improve the algorithms and streamline the tool. But he confesses that it is sometimes an uphill process and not just
from
> a
> technical point of view: "It's challenging in itself to have a
dialogue
> with the
> blind, to get them involved and to convince them to invest their time,"
he
> tells
> ISRAEL21c.
>
> "It's not like a flick of a button and that's it. They need to learn
> another
> language. It's challenging in the beginning, but when you get it, it
can
> be very
> useful and has a lot of potential."
>
> If the tool becomes commercialized, along with the business plan Amedi
> intends
> to include an outline for a training camp so that people can learn the
new
> soundscape language together, in groups.
>
> Amedi maintains that unlike sign language or Braille, the soundscape
> language
> could be a universal language. He says that it can be taught to people
> from any
> culture, race or religion. Who knows? We may find that it's the only
> language
> that blind people – and maybe all of us – have in common.
>
> Reprinted with permission from ISRAEL21c. For more than 3,000 stories
of
> how
> Israel adds value to life in Canada and around the world, visit
> http://www.israel21c.org/ <http://www.israel21c.org/>
> Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )
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> Source URL:
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Albinism

 

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RNIB targets Christmas charts

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Retinopathy of prematurity

Plus disease is an important prognostic indicator in advanced retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).1 However, recognition of the pathology is highly subjective,2– 5 ...
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Neighbors Come Together to Light Up Randall Park Neighborhood, Raise Funds — Downers Grove news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sale at Bob's Store

Bob has a 20% off sale. The profits go to help keep up my main web site dedicated to blind children. Use this code: THREESK1203

Monday, December 12, 2011

A dailymail.co.uk article from Kathy Batten's Disease

Batten's disease; 'Our son won't live past ten': Four-year-old is being poisoned to death by his own brain Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2059387/emailArticle.html#ixzz1dKYfmVPa



'Our son won't live past ten': Four-year-old is being poisoned to death by his own brain



Blighted by a fatal neurological disorder, four-year-old Morgan Mawson is unlikely to make it to his tenth birthday and is unable to walk or talk.



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Batten's Disease

News 1 new result for Batten's Disease
Special award for fundraiser Matt
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

[The vOICe] Implant gives new hope to the blind

Implant gives new hope to the blind.
By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer.
At first, sitting in church one Sunday, Michael Adler couldn't tell what the
whitish glow in front of him was.
Adler, 49, had been legally blind since childhood, and his vision eventually
deteriorated to pretty much zero.
But now, on the back of the pew in front of him, he saw something. And then he
realized: It was the pages of a hymnal. His new "eye" was starting to work.
Two months earlier at Wills Eye Institute, surgeons had implanted a small array
of electrodes in the back of Adler's left eye - a speck of metal no bigger than
the word eye on this page. In the last few weeks - with the aid of a small video
camera in his sunglasses that transmits images to his retinal implant - he has
begun to gain some limited vision.
"Every day, I can make out more than I could the day before," he said after a
round of follow-up tests at the University of Pennsylvania. "It's very weird
trying to get used to it."
Surgeons have implanted the devices in the retinas of 32 people around the
world. All have a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease that
causes retinal degeneration.
Much like a cochlear implant enables a deaf person to perceive sound, the
retinal implant bypasses damaged cells in the eye, transmitting signals to the
same part of the brain that registers images in people with normal vision.
"It's sort of like, all the phone lines are in place and you didn't have the
phone," said Julia Haller, ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills. "This replaces the
phone."
The resulting black-and-white images are very low-resolution, consisting of just
60 pixels - far too fuzzy for users to pick out letters on an eye chart. To
Adler, a massage therapist who lives in Mantua, Gloucester County, the face of
his 9-year-old daughter looks like a bright, featureless oval.
But he can see the outlines of doors and sidewalks, and he can pick out plates
on the dinner table.
This type of surgery is just one of several futuristic techniques that
scientists are exploring to help the blind, advances that until recently were
only a dream.
In younger patients with another type of blindness, researchers have had some
success with gene therapy, restoring a modest amount of vision by injecting
corrective genes. Two such efforts are under way at Penn: one in collaboration
with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the other with the University of
Florida at Gainesville.
Elephant on a typewriter.
Other methods under scrutiny include stem cells, which would regenerate the
eye's rods and cones, and cortical implants, which are a bit like what Adler has
in his eye, but which are placed directly in the brain, bypassing the eye.
"The progress is remarkable compared to what it was five years ago," said Andrew
Mariani, a program director in the National Eye Institute's division of
extramural research. "What it will be in another five or 10 years, we can just
guess."
Along the way, scientists are starting to learn new things about the brain's
plasticity - its ability to adapt.
In blind people, especially those who lose their sight at an early age, parts
of the visual cortex are commonly borrowed to enhance other senses, said the
University of Southern California's Mark S. Humayun, a leader of the
retinal-implant project.
So a big question is, when some sight is restored, are those parts of the brain
borrowed back? Humayun, a biomedical engineer and an ophthalmologist at the
Doheny Eye Institute at USC, plans to use brain scans to answer that question.
Another puzzle is why people with the implants are able to see much of anything,
because the implanted electrodes, though gossamer-thin, are still much thicker
than the natural machinery they replace.
In the center of a healthy retina, the signal from each light-sensitive cone
cell is transmitted to one ganglion cell, and ultimately through the optic nerve
to the brain.
In blind people with the implants, on the other hand, each electrode stimulates
10 to 20 ganglion cells at once, Humayun said.
"It's sort of like an elephant typing on a typewriter," said Tim Schoen,
director of preclinical research at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which has
funded Humayun's work in the past.
But it seems to work.
Yet in a limited way, it seems to work. Some patients do better than others, but
so far all 32 have been able to see something, according to Second Sight Medical
Products, the California maker of the device.
It is called the Argus II, after the 100-eyed guardian of Greek myth.
It was designed with the help of the U.S. Department of Energy, which has
contributed $51 million and technical expertise from its national labs. DOE
scientists are now working with the company to make a higher-resolution device
with more than 200 electrodes.
The goal is to build an implant with 1,000 electrodes, though the department has
not committed funding beyond next year.
Even the current 60-electrode device is a feat of engineering, not the least
because of where it has to perform: the warm, salty surroundings of the human eye.
Adler learned of the trial from the physicians at Penn's Scheie Eye Institute,
where he had been going for years.
They felt that Adler had the motivation to cope with what would likely be a
bewildering new stimulus, and the energy to return for years of testing.
But they warned him not to hope much.
"Repeat after me: I don't have any expectations," ophthalmologist Samuel G.
Jacobson told him.
The three-hour surgery was performed June 29 by Allen Ho and Carl Regillo,
surgeons at Wills Eye and professors of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson
University.
Once Adler was under anesthesia, they opened his eyelids wide and deftly cut
through the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the white of the eye. They did
that so they could place a thin belt, called a scleral buckle, entirely around
the eyeball.
The buckle is used to hold a disk-shape receiver on one side of the eye.
Eventually, the receiver would accept signals from the camera and electronic
circuitry outside Adler's body.
Then the surgeons performed a vitrectomy, making a tiny incision in the white
of the eye, suctioning out the jelly inside and replacing it with a saline solution.
Finally, they made another small incision in the eye and inserted the electrode
implant, which was connected to the receiver by a thin cable.
The implant was then fastened to the center of Adler's retina with a microtack.
It took several weeks for his eye to heal.
On Aug. 12, he returned to Penn to try on his custom sunglasses, equipped with a
camera the size of a pencil eraser.
The switch was turned on, and at first, the sudden new stimulus was a bit much.
"It looked like I was staring into a flashlight," he said.
The device was fine-tuned, and he returned the next week, Aug. 19, to take home
the glasses for good.
By Aug. 22, he had started to get the hang of it, picking out blurry objects on
the dinner table, though he couldn't tell exactly what they were. The next day
he saw the hymnal at church.
At Penn's Scheie building, where the circular concrete walls evoke the form of
a giant eye, he has been returning each Wednesday for tests with Jacobson and
Artur V. Cideciyan, a research associate professor of ophthalmology.
In one test, he must find a white square measuring three inches across that pops
up in various spots on a computer screen.
Most of the time he gets it right, successfully touching the square with his
finger, though his hand-eye coordination is a bit rusty from years of disuse.
The implant device is small, providing only a 20-degree field of view, and so
he must swivel his head to see things. He is fully aware that the implant is
experimental, and that it may not ever make much difference in his day-to-day life.
Still, he is delighted. And Cideciyan said his performance may improve as his
brain trains itself to make sense of the newfound information.
Last week, vacationing in Ocean City, N.J., with his wife and daughter, Adler
could see the lights on the boardwalk at night.
As he walked to dinner one evening at Clancy's by the Sea, he saw what he
thought was the restaurant's dark doorway, though he had to ask someone to make
sure.
"This is all new to me," he marveled.
Source URL:
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Writers and their Illnesses: Milton | Varsity Online

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Club shares its fundraising fruits

 
Club shares its fundraising fruits
Several groups and individuals have shared $30,000 in donations from the Rotary Club of Timaru South. ... Read More
 

Alumna offers tool for understanding albinism


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Alumna offers tool for understanding albinism
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The resume of Christ Jesus



The Resume of Jesus Christ Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible
. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus
_____________________________________________________
Objective
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
_____________________________________________________________________
Qualifications

· I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19) · I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7) · I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7) · I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13) · The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)
Occupational Background

· I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49). · I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful. · My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences
· Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18). · I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33). · Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
Educational Background

· I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6). · In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3). · My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105). · I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
·Major Accomplishments
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26). · I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15). · I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15). · I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! · There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
References

· Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance
In Summation

Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).
Send this resume to everyone you know, you never know who may have an opening! Thanks for your help.




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Half of Vets Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan Need Medical Attention

Half of Vets Returning From Iraq and Afghanistan Need Medical Attention

Monday, November 14, 2011

amblyopia:Another Look at Full Occlusion and Why We Patch with Tape Instead

Bob Luvs Chin Wubs

Doctors Vision Centers across state raise money and awareness for Prevent Blindness North Carolina | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC

Doctors Vision Centers across state raise money and awareness for Prevent Blindness North Carolina Mountain Xpress Asheville, NC

Mrs. America Fights for Blindness Research

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Latisse for your dome? Eyelash enhancer also thickens thin hair

Latisse for your dome? Eyelash enhancer also thickens thin hair

Yeesh! Monocular Trial For Glaucoma Drops Useful After All?

Yeesh! Monocular Trial For Glaucoma Drops Useful After All?

Glaucoma linked to close kin marriages | Deccan Chronicle

Glaucoma linked to close kin marriages Deccan Chronicle

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Leon named ‘Bucks’ Beefiest’ charity calendar hunk - Community - Bucks Herald

(Helping to raise funds for Batten's disease)
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Running for a cause | Star Williamstown, Altona, Laverton | Star News Group

Running for a cause Star Williamstown, Altona, Laverton Star News Group

Parent Talk: Children's Eye Health

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Orchestra teacher's vision prevails despite blindness

Article Title:
Orchestra teacher's vision prevails despite blindness
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now i love my hair

now i love my hair
mama used to fry it
said it needed "fixin'"
 'cause the summer humidity
made my thick fine stuff "go back" easily
my sister's coil pattern was tighter
but it held a pressin' better
mine was a fight to stay "fixed"
like it was an entity itself
and that entity fought back

i thought,
something's just not right
i was about ten or eleven
saw a picture of cicely tyson
wearing her nappy hair proudly
how could she do that

at the ebony fashion fair
a beautiful black model
strutting the runway
with her natural look
something called out to me
the way GOD made you, too
is good
and beautiful

in junior high
late sixties
i went natural
as it was back then
with my "'fro"
my school was all black
and a few girls stared
like i was out of my mind

later
getting a job
i blended in
and burned my scalp
and cut my hair
yet in dreams
when i looked in the dream mirrors
my hair was coiled
and fell in lioness locks
about my shoulders
was GOD talking
saying
"ALL that I made
IS good"

later
i looked in the real mirror
as in my dreams it fell to my shoulders
in lioness locks
it flourished in humid weather
i no longer feared fog and misty days
fearing it "going back"
and needing "fixin'"
B'cause being "back"
is where it's s'posed to be
no fixin' what ain't broken
just embracing
and loving
and lavishing in
what is

draping over my shoulders
coiling down my back
reaching toward my hips
a place it would never have been free to travel
if it had been enslaved by
fake taming
harsh straightening

now i love my hair
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Video links for Students with Visual Impairments

Leber congenital amaurosis

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Retinopathy of Prematurity: Helen Mintz-Hittner Has Recently Been Recognized by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Publication

Helen Mintz-Hittner Has Recently Been Recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who Publication


 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Austin mom's foundation helps parents with sick kids | kvue.com Austin



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From Naples Daily News: A Day in the Life: Best friends create a buzz fighting blindness together

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A Day in the Life: Best friends create a buzz fighting blindness together
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New groups for Deafblind UK charity

Article on Deafblind
This article may be of interest to you.
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/community/community-news/new_groups_for_deafblind_uk_charity_1_3190539

Stealth Blindness: glaucoma

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Early but not late blindness leads to enhanced auditory perception

Early but not late blindness leads to enhanced auditory perception.
The notion that blindness leads to superior non-visual abilities has been
postulated for centuries. Compared to sighted individuals, blind individuals
show different patterns of brain activation when performing auditory tasks.
To date, no study has controlled for musical experience, which is known to
influence auditory skills. The present study tested 33 blind (11 congenital,
11 early-blind, 11 late-blind) participants and 33 matched sighted controls.
We showed that the performance of blind participants was better than that of
sighted participants on a range of auditory perception tasks, even when musical
experience was controlled for. This advantage was observed only for individuals
who became blind early in life, and was even more pronounced for individuals
who were blind from birth. Years of blindness did not predict task performance.
Here, we provide compelling evidence that superior auditory abilities in blind
individuals are not explained by musical experience alone. These results have
implications for the development of sensory substitution devices, particularly
for late-blind individuals.
By Wan CY, Wood AG, Reutens DC, Wilson SJ.
Source URL:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.08.016
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The Independent: Hitler's war boast exposed as a myth

Hitler's war boast exposed as a myth
Friday, 21 October 2011
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/hitlers-war-boast-exposed-as-a-myth-2373590.html
A notorious propaganda story told by Adolf Hitler about himself can now be exposed as a lie. The F├╝hrer claimed that the First World War ended for him when he was blinded in a British mustard gas attack, but previously unpublished letters reveal that his blindness was in fact caused by a mental illness ? undermining the &quot;war hero&quot; image used to such political effect by the dictator.

Hmmm. Adolph had all sorts of issues. Eh? ~K

Video Game May Fix Lazy Eye in Older Children

Video Game May Fix Lazy Eye in Older Children
http://www.cbs42.com/s/80CSj_rEWkO74FEI--pNsQ.cspx#.Tqh2LP4Swbc.blogger

Ridgewood High School students get some 'Positive Exposure'

 
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Kicking Blindness in the Shins, Team RC Will Take on RP at VisionWalk

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Friends raise funds for little boy from Holyhead

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Blind Teen and CEOs Don't Let Blindness Stand in Their Way

Ms. Kathy
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The History and Promise of Gene Therapy: Leber congenital amaurosis


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Visual Impairments Specialist

 

Health News - Lab-Made Skin Cells Will Aid Transplantation, Cancer, Drug Discovery Research, Say Penn Scientists

Health News - Lab-Made Skin Cells Will Aid Transplantation, Cancer, Drug Discovery Research, Say Penn Scientists

Friday, October 21, 2011

Albinism’s fundraiser set for Strathmore - Strathmore Standard - Alberta, CA

Albinism’s fundraiser set for Strathmore - Strathmore Standard - Alberta, CA

New machine could help detect lazy eye earlier

New machine could help detect lazy eye earlier

The President - Blind Americans Equality Day, 2011 - By the President of the United States of America

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Title 3--The President - Blind Americans Equality Day, 2011 - By the President of the United States of America
FIND Government Press Releases - Thursday, October 20, 2011

Title 3--The President - Blind Americans Equality Day, 2011 - By the President of the United States of America

Oct 20, 2011 (Federal Government Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) -- Generations of blind and visually impaired Americans have dedicated their passion and skills to enhancing our national life--leading as public servants, penning works of literature, lending their voice to music, and inspiring as champions of sport. On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired Americans and reaffirm our commitment to advancing their complete social and economic integration.

My Administration is dedicated to ensuring Americans with disabilities have every opportunity to reach their full potential. Last year, I signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act to set new standards that enable people living with disabilities to access broadband, digital, and mobile innovations. To help level the playing field for employment, we are working to improve the Federal Government's compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Making electronic and information technology 508 compliant will give applicants with disabilities a fair chance and allow employees with disabilities to use necessary tools while on the job. By taking these steps, my Administration reaffirms its pledge to openness by making sure that people with disabilities can better access all the information the Federal Government has placed online.

This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Randolph-Sheppard Act. For decades, the legislation has provided openings for blind Americans to work as vendors on Federal property, creating meaningful entrepreneurial opportunities and enabling them to contribute to our economy. These jobs have enriched the lives of those participating in the Randolph-Sheppard program and enhanced public understanding of blindness for those who have interacted with the program's vendors.

Though we have made progress in the march to equality for the blind and those with low vision, there is still more work to be done. In addition to improving access to technology and employment opportunities, this January, I signed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act. This landmark legislation requires electric and hybrid car manufacturers to add sounds to alert all pedestrians to the presence of these unusually quiet vehicles. These provisions will help increase the safety and independence of blind and visually impaired Americans.

By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628, as amended), the Congress designated October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day" to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have low vision. Today, let us recommit to forging ahead with the work of perfecting our Union and ensuring we remain a Nation where all our people, including those living with disabilities, have every opportunity to achieve their dreams.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2011, as Blind Americans Equality Day. I call upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, librarians, and Americans across the country to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

/S/ Barack Obama

A Proclamation

Citation: "76 FR 65099"

Document Number: "Proclamation 8739 of October 14, 2011"

Federal Register Page Number: "65099"

"Presidential Documents"


Seeing through the eyes of the blind - The Northern Iowan - University of Northern Iowa

Seeing through the eyes of the blind - The Northern Iowan - University of Northern Iowa

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ensuring blindness-free world: The role of business

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World Sight Day: Nigerian Mothers Admonished on Prevention of Blindness

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The Independent: Medicine thrown into crisis by stem cell ruling

Medicine thrown into crisis by stem cell ruling
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/medicine-thrown-into-crisis-by-stem-cell-ruling-2372562.html
British medical researchers have condemned a Europe-wide ban on the patenting of stem cell inventions derived from human embryos ? setting back possible new treatments for a range of disorders, from heart disease and diabetes to blindness and Parkinson's.

Can Avastin Use in Macular Degenration Cause Blindness


 

Face blindness Cause Researched

kathy saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you
should see it.
"Face Blindness Cause Researched **
An Isle of Wight man hopes a new test will uncover the cause of his prosopagnosia or &quot;face blindness&quot; condition.
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/uk-england-dorset-15302745 >

Focusing on prevention of blindness | The New Age Online

Focusing on prevention of blindness The New Age Online

UCSF Study Finds Steroids Could Help Heal Some Corneal Ulcers | www.ucsf.edu

UCSF Study Finds Steroids Could Help Heal Some Corneal Ulcers www.ucsf.edu

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Economy : 98% of diabetes-induced blindness preventable: Expert

Business Line : Industry & Economy / Economy : 98% of diabetes-induced blindness preventable: Expert

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dr. Volpe: Get Regular Vision Screenings

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/health/regular-vision-screening-eye-disease-symptoms-glaucoma-cataracts-dr-volpe-20110525
Good information.

Chillaxin'

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Of course they have!

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a word to the wise

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/weekly/aa062399.htm
http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp
Bottom line: Shell stations post signs near their pumps advising against the use of cell phones near gas pumps but they did not circulate this letter. The explosions noted have not been proven true but the potential for an explosions is there. Since this article, one explosion has been substantiated (see snopes).

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Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ
Safety Alert! 
Here's some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations
In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling;
it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump. 
In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car! 
And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes
ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.
You should know that:

 

Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.
Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition
Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.. 
Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc...) 
TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke 
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off. 
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.
Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires. 
His results were very surprising: 
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static. 
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.
Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. 
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle. 
As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.
I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.







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Subject: FW: VERY important message re: cell phones and getting automobile gasoline fueling. Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:06:32 -0600

 
 
Subject: Fw: VERY important message re: cell phones and getting automobile gasoline fueling.

 I have heard this before but good to see again !!!!!
 


Good Information from Shell Oil

 
Please send this information to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.  Most people don't even think about this.
MUST READ, EVEN IF YOU DON'T OWN A CAR. 
  
Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ
Safety Alert! 
Here's some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations
In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling;
it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump. 
In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car! 
And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes
ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.
You should know that:

 

Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.
Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition
Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.. 
Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc...) 
TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke 
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off. 
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.
Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires. 
His results were very surprising: 
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static. 
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.
Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. 
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle. 
As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.
I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.







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