Blind http://www.kplu.org en Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players to Step Up to the Plate http://www.kplu.org/post/beeping-balls-allow-blind-players-step-plate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.</span></p><p>A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate.</p><p>There are six people in the outfield, and two blue foam pillars that are, in this game, first and third base. Yang listens for the pitch.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:06:56 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9385 at http://www.kplu.org Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players to Step Up to the Plate Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind http://www.kplu.org/post/amazon-makes-kindle-app-make-e-books-accessible-blind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Amazon has released an app that makes it easier for the blind to read Kindle electronic books on iPhones. Advocates for blind people say it’s a significant step for a company that’s lagged other technology companies in making accessible products.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 17:07:09 +0000 Ashley Gross 8638 at http://www.kplu.org Amazon makes Kindle app to make e-books accessible to the blind Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility http://www.kplu.org/post/blind-protesters-march-amazon-over-kindle-accessibility <p></p><p>Dozens of visually impaired people with white canes and guide dogs protested outside Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle today. They say Amazon’s Kindle e-readers aren’t fully accessible to the blind<em>.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 23:45:55 +0000 Ashley Gross 7347 at http://www.kplu.org Blind protesters march at Amazon over Kindle accessibility National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com http://www.kplu.org/post/national-federation-blind-protest-amazoncom <p><em>Update: </em>An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.</p><p>Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – <a href="https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-condemns-amazon%E2%80%99s-push-put-kindle-e-books-schools">are planning to protest at Amazon.com today</a>. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:54:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 7342 at http://www.kplu.org National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com How NW teens taught blind kids to play tennis http://www.kplu.org/post/how-nw-teens-taught-blind-kids-play-tennis <p>Take a large foam tennis ball, stuff a rattle in it and play a&nbsp;repetitive chirp to orient a person who can&#39;t see and you have the elements of a game of tennis for the blind and visually impaired.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s what 15 tennis players from Snohomish High School did during one week this summer for a handful of sightless kids ready to try something new.</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Evan Hoover 5953 at http://www.kplu.org How NW teens taught blind kids to play tennis How an experiment on blind mice could help blind humans see http://www.kplu.org/post/how-experiment-blind-mice-could-help-blind-humans-see <p>A potential new cure for blindness is showing promise in an experiment at the University of Washington and University of California. The study shows that losing your eyesight as you grow older may someday be reversible.&nbsp;</p><p>The experiment used mice &ndash; blind mice.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5738 at http://www.kplu.org How an experiment on blind mice could help blind humans see In Everett, podcast helps blind park goers 'see' the park http://www.kplu.org/post/everett-podcast-helps-blind-park-goers-see-park <p>Winding paths throughout a park are intended to awaken a sense of&nbsp;discovery but for the blind they can be confusing and even dangerous. So to eliminate potential hazards and enhance the park-going experience for its blind visitors, the City of Everett introduced downloadable audio walking instructions for Lions Park.</p><p>It&rsquo;s called an audio wayfinding system and it&rsquo;s one of several renovations unveiled today. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:17:42 +0000 Vanessa Romo 2766 at http://www.kplu.org In Everett, podcast helps blind park goers 'see' the park Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden http://www.kplu.org/post/blind-seattle-take-strolls-nearly-secret-garden <p>At Ethel L. Dupar&rsquo;s Fragrant Garden a collection of plants is growing for visitors to experience through smell and touch, senses that usually come second to our primarily visual take on plants. The garden is a part of Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit serving Seattle&rsquo;s blind community.</p><p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:33:14 +0000 Erik Neumann 2641 at http://www.kplu.org Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden