Visions 2013 – The Story Continues

Dear Friend,

With more than 600 attendees from around the world, more networking opportunities than ever before and dozens of informative science and lifestyle sessions, the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ recent VISIONS 2013 national conference in Baltimore, Maryland, proved to be our best yet! People left feeling energized, inspired and even more connected to our amazing community of supporters, researchers, staff and friends.

Even though you weren’t able to join us this year, you can still take part in much of the VISIONS 2013 action by visiting our REWIND page. Here’s a link to the newsletter describing the details and the video highlights. – Michael


Rosenblum: Two national awards honor work of Braille innovator

Here’s a great article written by Gail Rosenblum that might interest you.

Emily Wharton’s epiphany came in college, as she faced a roomful of listeners at a coffeehouse poetry reading.

All her life, Wharton quietly compensated for her declining eyesight. She wore big, thick glasses and hovered over textbooks into the wee hours so that she could graduate from high school and attend Drake University, where she majored in English literature.

But there she was, about to recite her poem, and someone dimmed the lights. Wharton could no longer see her writing. Finally, a friend flipped a switch so she could perform, but she knew something had to change. Continue reading

Voices Of The Blind In Marrakesh Hope To Carry A Long Way

WBUMarrakesh, Morocco – Yesterday, under a scorching sun, the World Blind Union organised an event to raise awareness about the negotiations taking place inside the Marrakesh Palais des Congrès. Behind them, in the building, negotiators have been at work for a week in an effort to agree and adopt a treaty to provide visually impaired people with a broader access to books. Continue reading