Friday, April 15, 2011

DIY Glaucoma Test a Possibility

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deafblind Date

YouTube - the deaf blind date ahaha
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Deaf-Blind Residents Ask Mass. to Keep Services | Eyewitness News 9

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UNI students explore different elements of diversity - The Northern Iowan

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Albinism: First International Meeting Dedicated to Albinos (Brussels belgium)

In collaboration with the College of Burgomasters and Deputy Burgomasters of the City of Brussels, the International Non-Profit-Making Organisation "Ecran Total" organizes:
The first international meeting dedicated to the albinos
Saturday April 30th 2011 - From 4p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gothic Hall of City of Brussels Townhall located on the Great Place 1000 Brussels
What is albinism?
In a nutshell, albinism is world-widespread a genetic anomaly, here in Belgium, in Europe, in Africa, everywhere. Yet, nowadays, being albinos is still a source of exclusion, mistreatment and massacres…
Children suffering from ocular or oraculocutaneous albinism are born partially-sighted.
 
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The Role of an Intervenor with Children Who are deafblind

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Examiner.com: Blueberry Empanadas



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Blueberry Empanadas
If you have ever been to Maine then you know that we have many great delicacies to offer. One of the most commonly known is the Maine blueberry. This recipe is not only tasteful and elegant, it's also easy enough that a novice or even kids can...
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Miami to Japan Eye Rescue Missiion

Shared by Ms. Kathy: Scientists: Algae Could Treat Blindness

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Scientists: Algae Could Treat Blindness

Researchers at the University of Southern California think they may be able to treat blindness by replacing damaged retina cells with similar algae cells

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Blindness is no barrier to Lynn black-belt holder - Boston.com

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LSU Seeking Horses with Moon Blindness

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LSU Seeking Horses With Moon Blindness for Study *
The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine is seeking donation of horses afflicted with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU)--also known as moon blindness--to participate in a study investigating the role of bacterial infection in the development of ERU.... 
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‘Cataract cases on decline’

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DNA - A journey for their vision

A journey for their vision

Alefia Merchant, 32, a third-year medical student at the University of Montreal, Canada, has developed a novel method that will change the lives of many children in India.
Using a simple digital camera with flash, Merchant has improvised a cheap technique for diagnosing childhood blindness. In India, the lack of institutionalised process of screening children for blindness and absence of cost-efficient diagnostic tools have complicated things.
While working with Ashwin Mallipatna of Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore, between September 2009 and June 2010, Merchant developed a method called photo-red protocol.
The idea is simple and based on the ‘red-eye effect’ that almost everyone has seen in photographs. But the specialised medical equipment for this test called direct ophthalmoscope is not widely available in India and the equipment requires experts to operate it.
For a perfect red-eye to happen, light entering the eye has to be reflected off the back of the eye — the retina. If all layers of the eye are not transparent, the nature of the red-eye would be different, indicating abnormalities that might need closer examination.
Merchant tells DNA she uses a simple digital camera to create a similar test and capture the red-eye in a photograph. In dark room, taken at a distance of 4 meters, a compact digital camera produces reliable red-eye consistently.

Is this your first idea that clicked?
This is the first time I am working with Ashwin Mallipatna, and this is the first idea of ours that clicked. It has been an excellent experience and I am looking forward to working again with his team at Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore.
What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on a project called “Find the Blind” which is another initiative of Ashwin Mallipatna. The project will stitch together two or three creative and low-cost strategies and allow us to screen a community for childhood blindness in a rapid way —and helping us follow the progress of each child.
Would you work independently with funding or as part of a research institution?
Since our success in this project has been as a team, I think I would opt to working as a team and not independently. The innovation for which we have won this award has involved a lot of support from my team. I would not have been able to do this without all the creative minds involved.
Is innovation an end in itself or the means to become an entrepreneur?
One innovation has always inspired me to think about another. The end would be to try and work my ideas and to watch them implemented and to see the difference it has made in the long run.
Does India value and reward its innovators?
We have developed our innovation for India and we have got recognition for it in many ways—both nationally and internationally. We are happy with the support we have from our community in India.
Has your innovation made material difference to your standard of living?
We have invented a process that we hope will improve the standard of living of many blind children, by facilitating the detection of their plight. Our innovation is not something we can use for any personal gain, and certainly not directed towards our standard of living.
Who have been your biggest influences?
My biggest influences have been my mentors. They have taught me how to do good work and enjoying it.
What has been your biggest mistake?
My biggest mistake was not knowing where to stop. I get very involved in my work without realising that I have not paid enough attention to my own needs, like food and sleep. It sometimes pays off, like with this innovation.
If you could go back and change one thing about your life as an innovator, what would it be?
My time with our team has been excellent, and I would not look to change any of that.
Did you have a childhood dream?
I have always been a dreamer as a child. I agree with this beautiful quote from Ben Okri, a Nigerian author: “We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if
it was a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have
expected.”
Anything else that you would like to share?
I would like to thank my team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore for giving me an opportunity to make this innovation possible. I would not have won this award if it was not for the support from the institute. We really hope this work goes forward to make a difference to the children it was targeted towards.

A wikiHow article on How to Celebrate Friday the 13th

Yeah! Superstitions are so silly.
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How to Celebrate Friday the 13th
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Vitamin D May Help Prveent Blindness

Vitamin D may help prevent blindness, according to a recent study realized in the United States. The researchers found that those who take supplements with vitamin D reduced the chances to lose their sight with the age, by 60% .


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Blindness in Tasmania Predictions

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I saw this on http://www.themercury.com.au/ and thought you'd like to take a look.
www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/04/15/222631_tasmania-news.html
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BLINDNESS and vision loss in Tasmania is set to double by 2020 as the population ages, experts say. The Tasmanian division of Optometrists Association Australia is employing TV, radio, newspapers and posters in its publicity campaign to promote eye ...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Whacha Got Der is A CLOCK

Found this old photo I took with one of those tiny keychain cameras. The little blue round thing on the wall is the working braille clock I made with a small cardboard hat box. I will post how to make one here sometime. Had one of my classes to make some as a time-telling unit and  culminated the unit by having each child make a clock to keep at their desks. One benefit is they are not to ask the teacher what time it is ever again!

Doing Well

You want to know how to tell when you're doing well in someone's eyes?  An honest person will tell you. A jealous person will give you free rent in their heads while they stay up nights thinking of how much they don't like you. MUHAHAHA!!!

Herald.ie: Liam (2) off to US in search of cure for disease that killed sister

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Liam (2) off to US in search of cure for disease that killed sister
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A LITTLE boy who suffers from a rare brain disease will travel to the US for potentially life saving treatment -- just five weeks after his sister died from the same condition.
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TEEN SUMMIT 2011 UNITY FESTIVAL


Date: August 27 - 28, 2011    Location: Baton Rouge, LA

THE TEEN SUMMIT challenge
Make Your Vote Count! The Teen Summit Foundation Challenge will award the state that has the most votes; High and Middle schools Free Admission to this year's festival. All you have to do is cast your vote for who you would like to see perform or speak at this year's Teen Summit Unity Festival.
Ultimate Grand Prize: The High School and Middle School that has the highest overall academic scores wins an ALL Expense paid trip to the Teen Summit Festival. All expenses paid includes travel, food and lodging for the entire student body, faculty and staff! The deadline to cast your vote is June 30, 2011.
The United States Teen Summit Foundation has hosted three successful events. Our panel targeted universal issues that would challenge today's youth including but not limited to: Education, Drugs, Alcohol, Violence, Peer Pressure, Obesity and Bullying. The event's incentive includes performances from today's hottest artists. This year's event caters to the entire United States. U.S. Teen Summit Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Students, Parents, Teachers, Faculty & Staff Get involved!
visit: http://www.usteensummit.org/ for more info
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God Bless,
Oscar Hills IV
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CEC SmartBrief article from: Modified high-school diploma proposed for S.C. students with disabilities

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Modified high-school diploma proposed for S.C. students with disabilities
Disability advocates in South Carolina are proposing an alternative high-school diploma for students with disabilities that would better prepare them for the post-high-school workplace. The state currently offers students with disabilities a "certificate of attendance" if they cannot pass exit exams or earn the 24 credits needed for a traditional diploma. The new diploma plan must be approved by the state legislature.  Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.), The/The Associated Press (4/3)

Glaucoma

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Another new Illness to watch out for... Anal Glaucoma

A woman calls her boss one morning and tells him that she is staying home because she is not feeling well.
"What's the matter?" he asks.
"I have a case of anal glaucoma," she says in a weak voice.
"What the heck is anal glaucoma?"
"I can't see my a** coming into work today."


Have a great day!

Tap Dance Sounds

Some things that we take for granted. I was reading  If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff to a totally blind student (my toy tester). In the story the pig finds tap shoes.  It dawned on me that the student was not exposed to tap dancing and tap shoes so as I explained it to him I looked up this web site. We had to listen to each one and imitate the sounds with our own shoes.
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(Australia) Talking Vision Visits the Deafblind Community

Woman Brightens Lives as Her Sight Dims

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Woman brightens lives as her sight dims
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Aniridia network--UK

April | 2011 | Aniridia Network UK
Fuad and daughter Shakila If you follow Aniridia Network UK on Facebook you may have already read the story of Fuad and his daughter Shakila featured in ...
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Amblyopia Software Video

Download with caution as I did not test this. ~k
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Pictures of Amblyopia

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Prosopagnosia

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prevent Blindness enlists kids in battle for eye health

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Prevent Blindness enlists kids in battle for eye health
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Schoolchildren get kits to spread word to parents about importance of vision
By Patty Pensa, Special to the Tribune
April 5 2011
Some 30,000 Chicago Public Schools students will learn about eye health in a pilot program aimed to get children and their parents to take vision more seriously.
The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-x-c-eye-health-20110405,0,7516897.story
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Teen with visual impairments wins national CEC award for musical talents
  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/4)

Gem of an Idea to Fight Usher Syndrome

La Canada Flintridge Patch

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81181eee40550f538a34ddca17f62130 Gem of an Idea to Fight Usher Syndrome
Arcadia jeweler and La CaƱada mother team up to raise money for Eye on Jacob Foundation....
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Re: Charles Bonnet syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yes. Didn't know what it was called or that it had a name. I used to belong to vOICe, a site a blinded guy who invented this echolocation device for the blind started. The blind folks on the discussion board--a few of them who used to have vision--talked about having these hallucinations. They knew they were not real. It was like he brain was used to receiving signals from the eyes so the signals were rerouted. Rather like when somone loses a limb. The circuit ways to the brain are still there so they feel a phantom limb that possibly still 'hurts" because the signals have been rerouted from some other part of the body. I remember a lady on Discovery Health saying that when the wind blew on her cheek her missing limb would ache because the nerve signals had been rerouted fro  where the missing limb was to the nerve endings in her cheeks. Strange huh?

Thanks for sending! Now we know what it's called and I will post this to my blog!
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Kathy I know you teach people who have no sight or visual problems I ran across this.....so strange have you heard of this?

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Sent: Fri, August 13, 2010 8:11:32 PM
Subject: Charles Bonnet syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Why a Boston elementary school is a model of inclusion
Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Boston has become a national model for integrating students with and without disabilities in inclusive classrooms. Up to 35% of the school's 228 students have special needs, and each class is co-taught by a special-education and a general-elementary teacher, with the premise that "it's not the students who are disabled, but the curriculum."  Boston Globe, The (4/4)

New Device Developed to Help Prevent AMD

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Prevent Blindness enlists kids in battle for eye health

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Prevent Blindness enlists kids in battle for eye health
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Schoolchildren get kits to spread word to parents about importance of vision

By Patty Pensa, Special to the Tribune

April 5 2011

Some 30,000 Chicago Public Schools students will learn about eye health in a pilot program aimed to get children and their parents to take vision more seriously.

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-x-c-eye-health-20110405,0,7516897.story

Visit chicagotribune.com at http://www.chicagotribune.com
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