[Art_beyond_sight_educators] sports, Disneyland description, photography
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Tue Jul 19 09:14:06 UTC 2011
Mixed bag - a lot of sports.
Visually Impaired Golfers Hit Links
The exhibition at Media Day by Nino and Marie Pacini brought about a
special moment, and immediately took me back to those who used to work
at Holley Carburetor during the early years. My old design mentor, Tony
DiGiovanni, told me how visually-impaired inspectors literally checked
parts with feeler gages, while their seeing-eye dogs sat beside them.
They gave productivity and quality a whole new level of meaning.
Visually impaired excited about Sound TT
KATHMANDU, July 9: "Service?" asked Krishna Dhungana. "Yes," replied
Sarita Aryal and a different type of table tennis game began. It was a
different game as they were serving under the net and scoring points.
Device gives vision-impaired info of Disneyland
A new program that gives descriptions of outdoor areas in Disneyland for
visually impaired guests was launched Wednesday.
The program is part of the Enhanced Audio Description, a program on a
hand-held device that previously only gave descriptions of 19
attractions in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that debuted
The hand-held device, called Disney's Audio Device, is the size of a
smart phone and has raised tactile buttons in different shapes to
controls volume, menu options, location and an overview of the device.
Mark Jones, manager of Disney domestic services for guests with
disabilities, said the hand-held device now also uses GPS triangulation
to tell guests where they are in Disneyland.
"As you're walking around the park, as a person with a visual
disability, the device will give you information based on your
surrounding," Jones said. "So as you're walking down Main Street for
example, it would tell you that you are standing on Main Street, U.S.A."
Visitors choose either two-ear or one-ear headsets. WGBH, a PBS
producer, provided the audio content. Officials declined to release the
cost of the product.
The feature allows guests to access options on the device that give
detailed information about different themed lands, as well as menu items
at restaurants and the location of restrooms in each land.
"It's not designed to escort you around the park," Jones said. "It's
designed to give you information about your surroundings."
Jones said visually-impaired guests can get the devices on loan at Guest
Services at the entrance to the park for a $25 refundable fee. There are
15 devices in Disneyland, Jones said.
The program is scheduled to launch in California Adventure in 2012.
Guests put the headphones on and as they walk though Disneyland, a voice
will cue and tell them where they are. Depending on their location, the
update could change every 25 feet or so.
For example, just as one is stepping foot on the wood planks of the
drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the program
*/Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Visually impaired professional triathlete Aaron Scheidies has been
nominated for a 2011 ESPY in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability
category. Scheidies, the son of ROLA employee Mike Scheidies, has
represented ROLA for the past 3 years. He has proven himself in the
sport of triathlon, winning seven national championship and six world
championship titles. The twenty-nine-year old athlete has competed in
more than 150 triathlons, setting world records at every distance for
Blind hockey player to skate Halifax to Toronto 2
TORONTO - A blind Toronto hockey player will be inline skating from
Halifax to Toronto in support of hockey programs for the visually impaired.
Mark DeMontis, founder of the national charity Courage Canada, put
wheels to pavement Wednesday in a demonstration for the press at the
Lakeshore Trail, where he was training for his cross-Canada skate.
"I really wanted to be a part of something in my life that would really
make a difference," the 24-year-old athlete said. "I founded Courage
Canada so that these youth and adults who are visually impaired can have
an opportunity just like I had growing up, and that I was blessed with,
to learn and play something that's really special here in Canada."
The Toronto area native played triple-A hockey for years before being
told by doctors that a rare condition, Leber's Optic Neuropathy, was
robbing him of his central eyesight.
World's best blind triathletes coming to Peterborough
By MIKE DAVIES, Examiner Sports Director
Updated 12 days ago
The world's top three blind and visually impaired triathletes are
competing at Sunday's Subaru Peterborough Half-Ironman Triathlon.
They are part of a new program called Won with One, sponsored by the
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), which has chosen Peterborough for
its inaugural race.
"Peterborough was just a natural choice," said Jan Ditchfield, CCB
Accessible Sports Program and Development Manager and founder of Won
with One. "It's a well known race which is well respected. Some of the
best athletes come out to do it every year and we just thought it would
be a really good opportunity for us to do our first race in Ontario."
Visually impaired and blind sailing at the Weymouth and Portland
National Sailing Academy
Visually Impaired Photography is on Facebook
Q&A: Sarah Wilson, Austin
article about a sighted photographer at a high school prom - reason
included is because of the photographer's perspective on visual
impairment and the meaning of photography for vi.
*The blind and visually impaired students seem genuinely excited about
being photographed. Why do you think that is, especially since some of
them won't be able to appreciate the images?*
'Maybe this is just my imagination, but I believe that the participation
of a photographer at an event helps to bring an element of significance
and celebration. Photography has already been a part of these teenagers'
lives. Most likely, their families photographed them at their first
birthday and will take pictures of them at graduation in their cap and
gown. Photography helps document the milestones. Therefore, although
many of these kids will never see the pictures of themselves, they
understand what photography and portraiture symbolizes. It reinforces
the fact that there is something significant happening- that this event
or this person should be remembered and honored'.
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