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Last Wednesday January 30th, we had the opportunity to do the dubbing in real time for HITN of President Trump’s speech of the State of the Union.

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Last month, Amy Wright was named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year for her efforts to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  She was selected by online voters who chose her from among the top 10 CNN Hero finalists.

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A young man, from England, has created a short video talking about how he sees. His name is Alfie Fox.  He suffers from Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), caused by damages on his occipital lobes.

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Have you ever wondered how somebody could without vision navigate airports, train stations, hotels, etc.?  Tommy Edison, who is blind since birth and has a popular YouTube channel, has published an excellent video sharing part of his traveling experiences.

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As we hear about all the devastation that hurricane Harvey has left in Texas and Louisiana, and the country is preparing for hurricane Irma, we have complied some emergency preparedness suggestions. We provide general suggestions for everybody, but make emphasis on people with hearing and vision disabilities emergency preparedness.

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In a previous post we talked about cooking techniques for cooks who are blind or have low vision, and closed our post with chef Christine Ha’s video. Christine is an amazing chef who gradually lost her sight between 1999 and 2007. She now hosts the TV program “Four Senses” with Carl Heinrich, winner of “Top Chef” Canada.

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Not being able to see is not an excuse to miss the upcoming eclipse. NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium created the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, which will allow people to experience the eclipse in a different way. It will include “audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.” Isn’t it awesome

A cup of black coffee. White sugar falls in the coffee from a spoon.
 

Dinning in the Dark made me wonder about other things, like how it would be to cook in the dark.  How can you identify the right condiments, and not end up putting salt instead of sugar in the coffee (I have seen it happen!).  Or even something as basic as avoid burning yourself while taking a dish out of the oven would be harder if you could not see.

Lobby. Judy Matthews, from Lighthouse, and 5 people from Dicapta stand together smiling.
 

By Maria Victoria Diaz

Last week, I had the opportunity to have dinner in the dark on Thursday night. For three years in a row, I had missed the same event organized by Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food, but I finally made it!