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The blind climbers of Kilimanjaro

Image copyright Paul Latham/Sightsavers On 20 February 1969, seven blind climbers and their four sighted companions completed the arduous trek to the 5,750m (18,865ft) crater summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. The group took nine hours to climb the last 9,843m (3,000ft), fighting against high winds and freezing temperatures, to where they observed a circling Fokker F27 Friendship aircraft dipping its wings in a salute to their achievement. Image copyright Paul Latham/Sightsavers The object of the expedition – the brainchild of John Wilson, founder of the charity Sightsavers – was…

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A dodgy holiday drink made me go blind

Hannah Powell had been throwing up and felt exhausted after a night out on a bar crawl with two friends in Zante, Greece, in August 2016. But it wasn’t a hangover. The 23-year-old had drunk vodka that – unknown to her – had been mixed with deadly methanol. It made her kidneys shut down and she went blind. Hannah only realised there was something wrong when she woke up in her hotel room and thought the lights were off. “I suggested we open the curtains and my friends said they…

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‘People think you can’t be blind and use a phone’

Image copyright Wendell Hussey/Facebook Image caption The image has been shared widely with people questioning the woman’s visual impairment – but many people have defended her use of a phone A photo of a woman using a cane while looking at a mobile phone has been widely shared online with many social media users suggesting the woman is faking her visual impairment. The image, which the BBC has chosen to blur, was posted on Facebook earlier this month with the caption, “If you can see what’s wrong say I see…

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Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Domino’s is accused of failing to make its app fully compatible with Apple’s accessibility software Domino’s Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza’s purchase using the company’s iPhone app. The plaintiff’s case was initially dismissed in 2017 but was successful on appeal. It…

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Braille technology firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.…

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Braille technology firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.…

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Public ‘turning blind eye’ to street drug dealing

Image copyright Getty Images People are “turning a blind eye” to drug use and dealing on the streets because it is becoming normalised, a senior police officer has warned. Now communities have been urged to help deal with the rising problem by reporting sightings. Det Insp Stuart Johnson, who covers Swansea and Neath Port Talbot for South Wales Police, said it was one way of tackling “county lines” drugs gangs. The two areas are in the top 10 for heroin deaths in England and Wales. They had more than 4.5…

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Mohamed Salah invites blind Liverpool fan to Melwood after watching viral video

Watch: Touching moment blind Liverpool fan is told about goalscorer Last week, Mike Kearney was hugging his cousin in the stands at Anfield after Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stages. Seven days later he was embracing the goalscorer himself. Salah invited Kearney to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground after a video of the lifelong Reds fans went viral. It shows Kearney’s cousin, Stephen Garcia, talking him through Salah’s vital goal against Napoli. Egypt forward Salah saw the footage of the 26-year-old, who was born with sight problems…

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‘I celebrate like every football fan!’ – blind Liverpool supporter on becoming viral hit

Mike Kearney has been registered blind since he was seven years old There was no doubt in Mike Kearney’s mind that Liverpool had taken the lead when Anfield erupted on Tuesday night, he just wasn’t sure who the scorer was. The lifelong Liverpool fan was born with sight problems and has been registered blind since he was seven years old. But while it was Mo Salah who slotted the ball past Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina to ultimately seal Liverpool’s passage to the Champions League knockout stages with a 1-0 win,…

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Blind Spanish surfer says sea sets her free, goes for world title

SALINAS, Spain (Reuters) – Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf. Carmen Lopez Garcia, Spain’s first blind female surfer who is to participate in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, is watched by her coach Lucas Garcia during training at Salinas beach, Spain, December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla,…

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