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Star-Shemah White

Star was working as a receptionist 13 years ago when she began losing her sight. She was soon diagnosed with retinal detachments in both eyes due to uncontrolled diabetes. This left her with no vision in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye, in addition to numerous…

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Braille Literacy

A closeup of a hand reading Braille

Each year as more and more devices turn text into audio such as e-readers and apps, people assume that Braille is becoming an outdated means of communication, not so! While it is true that only about 10% of people who are blind or visually impaired are Braille literate, it doesn’t…

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Getting Back Out There After Vision Loss

A woman who is visually impaired shaking the hand of her interviewer

by Danyel Goldsmith Ask anyone who knew me before this thing called blindness and some of the adjectives they would use include fun, fearless, fiercely independent, confident, goofy, silly, well-traveled, and someone who has a never-ending bucket list. Professionally, those same people would say successful, ambitious, driven and workaholic. I…

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Giving Tuesday

An image of a pair of hands holding a sign promoting Giving Tuesday

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has joined #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It culminates with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014 that coincides with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. This effort harnesses the collective power of…

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William E. Bradford Memorial Award

The Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind Announce the Fourth Annual William E. Bradford Memorial Award The purpose of the award is to honor and preserve William E. Bradford’s dedication to bringing the printed word to blind and visually impaired people by supporting the efforts of visually impaired people to…

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CLB’s ClickAndGo DC Metro Wayfinding Project

The ClickAndGo DC Metro narrative map recently launched at Metro Headquarters, is a joint effort of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The National Capital Transportation Planning Board contributed to the development of the new project. The app is free to travelers. “Starting…

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