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Our QuestionWhat does it mean to be Blind?



A person is considered to be legally blind if he or she has a best corrected vision of 20/200 in their best seeing eye. Some people feel that they are legally blind because when they remove their glasses or contact lenses, they cannot see a foot in front of their face. However, when they put on their vision correction, they can see 20/20. As long as you can be corrected to 20/20 with some visual aid, you are not considered legally blind. The true definition of "legal blindness" is based upon the best level of vision that you can achieve or the best vision you can be corrected to. Most government agencies and health care institutions agree that legal blindness is defined as one of the following: 1. Legal blindness is defined as visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the best seeing eye. 2. A visual field that is limited to only 20 degrees.

Our ObjectiveFind Tools and AT devices that will help people with this Disability


What I did to Learn

My Outcome

Thanks to this project I learned a lot more about my cousin and how she gets through her everyday life being blind. We were always close but I feel like this project made us even closer. There are a lot of tools out for people with disabilities I just hope one day we figure out how to our planet from disabilities all together instead of using tools to help a bad situation.

There are many tools out today that can help people with this challenging disability. One of the tools my cousin uses because she is blind, is BrailleNote. BrailleNote is basically a computer for the blind. It is made by HumanWare for people with visual impairments. It has a braille keyboard, speech synthesizer, and a 32 or 18-column refreshable Braille display, depending on the model. They can be expensive but my cousin says it well worth the money. She is a teacher and she uses BrailleNote to make her lesson plans and powerpoint presentations. When I did this project I asked her about some of the pieces of technology that she uses on a regular basis to help her in everyday life. The next tool she spoke to me about was a talking calculator. As the name suggests, a talking calculator is a talking calculator. The idea she told me behind it is to make simple calculating tasks much more convenient and efficient to someone who cannot easily read a standard display. Her talking calculator can do all the basic arithmetic functions, Memory Plus and Memory Minus, Square Root and Percent Keys, and has a12 Digit 3/4 inch LCD display. She told me this may not sound very important but it truley is because when she is double checking her payments for things such as her rent and car payents it comes in handy. The next tools we spoke about was an app that she uses on her Iphone 5. LookTel Money Reader by IPPLEX is the app we spoke about. The United States Treasury was careful to mint each coin with a unique size and edge. This way the value of each coin can be determined just by touch. Unfortunately, with paper money this is not the case. Before the iPhone, the visually impaired would have to rely on a sighted person to tell them the denomination of each paper bill, then they would employ a special fold or other tactile technique to remember. This is no longer necessary thanks to an amazing application called LookTel Money Reader. Using just the camera on the iPhone, LookTel flawlessly announces the denomination of paper money. The developer is also working on other cutting-edge applications that will expand the technology to reading labels and more". I really didn't believe that this app would work so I had to try it myself. After trying it on three different bills I was astonished, wow!!! I never would have knew about this app if she didn't tell me. She told me its great because sometimes people in stores would try to shortchange her because she is legally blind, she says this really helped to stop that. Finally the last piece of technology we spoke about was again another app becuase I became very interguied by them. The app is Taxi Magic by RideCharge, Inc. "Did you ever wish you could order a taxi without having to deal with calling a dispatcher? Would you love to know the current location of the taxi as it approaches? With Taxi Magic you can book a taxi right on your iPhone with ease for free. All it takes is a few taps of the screen and your taxi will be dispatched. Taxi Magic can also track your taxi expenses for you. Additionally, for a processing fee of $1.50, you can pay your taxi fare in advance with a credit card! Taxi Magic works in over 4000 cities and is a must-have for those who rely on taxi service". My cousin still has some sight but is still considered legally blind so she can't drive. She works and lives in brockyln so stores are close by but she has to take a taxi to work everyday because her school is five miles from her apartment. She uses this app to get a taxi to work most days.

At First SightThe movie has two major characters, Amy and Virgil. Amy is an architect who works for perfection. Amy takes a vacation at a small town health spa where she meets Virgil. Virgil is a blind masseur. Amy falls in love with Virgil. They listen to the rain, they make love, and then she does research on restoring sight he hasn't had since he was a one year old. They drift apart in the film and than meet again when Virgil meets Amy in New York and Virgil undergoes the treatment that Amy recommends. They drift apart when Virgil starts to lose his sight again because she is not sure if she wants to spend the rest of her life with someone who is blind. At the conclusion of the movie Virgil has been blind again for some time, Virgil is at a park with a guide dog. He takes a seat, finishes a sandwich, and tosses the wrapping into a bin. Amy has found him and says, "You missed." Virgil takes a moment then realizes it is Amy. She sits down and they reconnect; then she reveals that she finished a significant sculpture that he broke during their argument. Amy apologizes to Virgil for trying to change him and for moving too fast, which led to their problems together. Virgil puts his hands on Amy's face and touches her tenderly. She asks if he wants to take a walk and "see what they see". They leave the park together.

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