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Volume 44, Issue 3

Current Literature, Volume 44, Issue 3


The following titles have been selected from materials that were added to the NLS reference collections from April 2018 through June 2018. Entries are arranged alphabetically, according to subject headings developed and used by the NLS Reference Section for its collections.

Air Transportation for People with Disabilities

Charlson, Kim. “Flying Needs to Remain Friendly for Guide Dog Handlers.” Braille Forum, 56 no. 9, March 2018. External.

In the opinion, the President of the American Council of the Blind argues that, in spite of the abuse of some who board aircrafts with animals which are not in reality service animals, airlines should not make it more difficult for people who are blind to travel with their guide dogs.

Americans with Disabilities Act, P.L. 101 336

National Federation of the Blind. “Oppose the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620).” Braille Monitor, 61, no. 3, March 2018. External.

A statement from the National Federation of the Blind in opposition to proposed legislative adjustments to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Artists with Disabilities

Pompilio, Natalie. “She’s a Sculpting Student at PAFA. She Also Happens To Be Blind.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 19, 2018. External.

Blind sculptor Kathy Faul wins awards as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Snyder, Michael and Barbara Anastacio. “A Blind Artist Finds New Ways of Seeing.” The New York Times, June 12, 2018. External.

Artist Manuel Solano develops new techniques for creating art when blind.

Assistive Devices—Visually Impaired

Blankson, Amy. “A New Vision for the Future: An IoT Solution to Assist Blind People with Sighted Support.” Forbes Magazine, May 31, 2018. External.

AT&T partners with Aira to provide smart glasses that connect to an Aira Agent as a remote guide

Maffei, Lucia. “Why and How Innovation for the Visually Impaired is Big in Boston.”, March 5, 2018. External.

Tech initiatives for people with visual impairment bloom in Boston.

Assistive Technology

Flaig, Joseph. “Mountain-climbing Chair, Pitch-Side VR and More Transform Disabled People’s Lives.” Professional Engineering, June 29, 2018.’s-lives External.

Engineers of assistive technology products honored in London.

Jones, Carolyn. “Illuminating Science for Blind Students, with Help from Latest Tech Devices.”, April 10, 2018. External.
Digital braille readers, “smart” pens, 3-D printers, audio textbooks and other innovations bring science to life for students who are blind.

Kelley, Steve. “Smart Speakers: How They Can Help People with Vision Loss.” VisionAware, April 23, 2018. External

Reviews Amazon Alexia and Google Home and their usefulness for people who are blind.

Meddaugh, J.J. “Conference Converage: What’s New in Braille and Beyond: A Report from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.” AccessWorld 19, no. 4, April 2018. External.

A review of the braille products at the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.
Tan, Emily. “The Creative Imperative for Disability Tech.” June 26, 2018. External.

The business and creative benefits for companies who focus on technology to help people with disabilities.

Tyler, Steve. “The Future of Technology Must Empower, Not Isolate, Disabled People.” Huffington Post, June, 24, 2018. External.

Engineers of today’s technology can learn from the “universal design” of the past.

Assistive Technology Legislation

National Federation of the Blind. “Access Technology Affordability Act (S. 732/HR 1734).” Braille Monitor 61, no. 3, March 2013 (March 2018) External.

Discusses pending legislation that will allow for people with disabilities, including people who are blind, to deduct the cost of assistive technology from their taxes.

Assistive Technology Products for People with Disabilities Mobility

Hagen, Marc. “The Most Accurate EMG Assistive Switch Ever Created.” Closing the Gap, May 21, 2018. External

Profiles a new adaptive switch for people with limited use of their extremities. Allows users to interact with technologies through slight movement of their muscles.
Assistive Technology Products for People with Disabilities—Research

Hickey, Hannah. “Keyboard Tech Speeds Browsing for Blind Internet User.” Futurity, April 23, 2018. External

Examines a new keyboard technology for computer users with visual impairments, which augments the keyboard to function more effectively with a screen reader. The tool will allow for assistive technology users to better navigate table on a webpage.

Assistive Technology Products for People with Visual Impairments Mobility

Metz, Rachel. “HoloLens can Now Guide the Blind through Complicated Buildings.” MIT Technology Review, May 29, 2018. External.

New headset can guide people who are blind through complicated buildings.

Attitudes toward Blind People

Belanger, Olivia. “Association for Blind and Visually Impaired Welcomes New Executive Director.” Watertown Daily Times, June 29, 2018. External.

The new executive director of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Olivia M. Kassoum Amadou, discusses ending the stigma of visual impairment.

Smith, Paul. “Paul Smith: Disability is a Natural Part of Human Experience.” Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 3, 2018. External.

On disability as a natural part of human experience.

Snyder, Brad. “How to Really See a Blind Person,” New York Times, February 28, 2018. External.

The author, an Afghanistan war veteran and gold metal Paralympian, shares his experiences of public perceptions toward blindness.

Attitudes toward People with Disabilities—Attitudes of People with Disabilities

Carmel, Jason. “Rethinking Disability Targeting.” MM&M Online, May 29, 2018. External

Marketers begin to target ads to people with disabilities.

Dattaro, Laura. “Approaching Disability like a Scientist.” Symmetry Magazine, May 29, 2018. External.

Scientists with disabilities, including Steven Hawking, are discussed in this article about STEM careers and people with disabilities.

Audio Description

American Council of the Blind. “Nationwide Class Action Challenges Hulu’s Discrimination against Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals,” PR Newswire, November 20, 2017. External.

A press release from the American Council of the Blind announcing their lawsuit against internet television streaming service, Hulu, for not providing audio description for blind viewers.

Barrier Free Architecture—Universal Design

Jackson, Liz. “We are the Original Lifehackers.” The New York Times, May 30, 2018. External.

Why designing with people with disabilities in mind is good for everyone.

Biography of Blind People

Slotnik, Daniel E. “Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies; Led the Blind Boys of Alabama.” New York Time, June 6, 2018. External

An obituary of Blind Boys of Alabama lead singer, Clarence Fountain.

Blindness Personal Narratives

Gutelle, Sam. “YouTube Millionaires: Molly Burke Loves ‘Showing People the Reality of Blindness and Disability.”, June 28, 2018. External.

An interview of Molly Burke, a YouTube personality with retinis pigmentosa, on reaching one million subscribers.

Kudlick, Catherine. “In My Mother’s Eyes, and Mine.” The New York Times, May 9, 2018. External.

A woman confronts her mother and her own blindness.

Blindness Prevention

Bellefonds, Colleen de. “What are Blue-Light Blocking Glasses—and Do They Even Work?” Women’s Health, June 13, 2018. External.

Do blue-light blocking glasses work to prevent blindness?

Blindness—Research “Blind woman can see objects—but only when they move—in extremely rare case.” Last modified June 13, 2018. External.

Exploring Riddoch syndrome. “Introduced OCT Angiography, a New View into Retinal Vasculature.” June 13, 2018. External.

Tool provides a more accurate measurement of outer retina and choroidal structures essential for treating abnormal blood vessel growth in people with wet age-related macular degeneration.

Svenselius, Monica Westman. Organic Printing Inks May Restore Sight to Blind People. Linköping University, May 2, 2018. External.

Israeli researchers have developed a retinal prosthesis that has the potential to restore sight.

Vodnala, Siddharth. “WSU Pinpoints Eye Disease Treatment—a possible alternative to laser surgery.” WSU Insider, June 14, 2018. Retrieved from External.

With the help of a U.S. Department of Defense grant, a Washington State University researcher develops less expensive and less painful way to treat eye diseases.


Gartenberg, Chaim. Apple, Microsoft, Google Collaborate on New Universal Standard for Braille Displays: The Goal is to Make Using Braille Displays a Simple Plug-and-Play Process, Circuit Breaker, May 31, 2018. External

A summary of a new standard for braille displays making using them on multiple devices simpler for users.


DiSanto, Jennifer. “NSAIDs May Reduce Incidence of Macular Edema Following Cataract Surgery.” MD Magazine, June 11, 2018. External.

Study shows benefits of using prophylactic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before and after cataract surgery.

Clothing for People with Disabilities

Capon, Laura. 2018. “The Reality of Wedding Dress Shopping when you have a Disability.” Cosmopolitan Magazine, June 28, 2018. External.

Paralympian who uses a wheelchair goes wedding dress shopping.

Copyright and Library Services To the Blind Foreign Countries

Cox, Krista. “University of Toronto Makes First International Transfer of Accessible Books to Kyrgyzstan under Marrakesh Treaty.” Association of Research Libraries, May 17,2018. External

Discusses the first transfer of accessible material for people with print disabilities under the auspices of the Marrakesh Treaty.

National Federation of the Blind. “The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty).” Braille Monitor 61, no. 3, March 2018. External

Advocates for the passage of the Marrakesh Treaty, which, if ratified, would allow for the sharing of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities across international borders.

Russell, Carrie. “Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act passes the Senate.” District Dispatch (blog), June 29, 2018. External

The Marrakesh treaty passes the United States Senate by unanimous consent. Once singed it will allow for the sharing of accessible reading materials across borders.

Russell, Carrie. “Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty.” District Dispatch (blog), April 19, 2018. External.

A synopsis of a U.S. Senate hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty, which, if ratified, would allow for the sharing of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities across international borders.

Deaf Blind—Assistive Technology Products for People with Disabilities Communication

Huchel, Brain. “Sleeve System Lets Users ‘Read’ Messages through Touch.”, June 19, 2018. External.

Researchers develop a method of haptic communication that lets users receive messages through the skin of their forearm.

Pierini, David. “Apple Hardware, Smart Clothing Could Guide the Blind and Deaf.” Cult of Mac, June 28, 2018. Accessed June 29, 2018. External.

Apple Computers develops a smart clothing to provide people who are deaf and blind tactile signals to navigate their environments.

Deaf Blind Communication

Hahn, Jason Duaine. “Blind and Deaf Soccer Fan Celebrates Team’s World Cup Victory with Help from Interpreter.” People Magazine, June 28, 2018. External.

Man builds mini soccer field replica to share the 2018 FIFA World Cup with his friend who is deaf blind.

Deaf Blind Education

Baig, Edward. C. “Apple Pushes to Teach Coding to Students Who Are Deaf and Blind.” USA Today, May 17, 2018. External.

Apple CEO Tim Cook brings the “Everyone Can Code” curricula to schools that serve students who are deaf and blind.

Disabilities in Media

O’Neill, Emma. “Natalie Dormer Previews Film at Edinburgh Festival.” STV.TV, June 29, 2018. External.

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer plays a character who is blind in her new movie In Darkness.

The Guardian. “Queen had Cataract Surgery Last Month, Palace Confirms.” June 8, 2018. External.

Queen Elizabeth II has cataract surgery.

Disability Studies

Guerra, Cristela. “’The History of Disability was to hide it,’ But Waltham Students Bring It to Light.” The Boston Globe, June 19, 2018. External.

Students mine their school’s past to create an exhibit on the history of people with disabilities in the United States.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Cool Blind Tech. “Engineers Develop Glowing Contact Lens That Could Prevent Blindness.” April 24, 2018. External
Summarizes the work of engineers in California to develop a contact lens that may prevent blindness from diabetic retinopathy. “One-Hour Plasma Glucose May Help to Predict Diabetic Retinopathy.” June 20, 2018. External.

Study by the National Institutes of Health finds glucose concentrations are effective in predicting diabetic retinopathy.

HCANews. 2018. “The Deep Learning Algorithm that Detected Diabetic Retinopathy with 97% Accuracy.” Last modified May 2, 2018. External.

Deep learning retinopathy detection system 97% accurate.

Inman, Silas. “Aflibercept Reverses Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy Progression.” MD Magazine, May 3, 2018. External.

Trial of the intravitreal aflibercept injection for moderately severe and severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy show early promise.

O’Connor, Matt. New Imaging Method May Shed Light on Diabetic Retinopathy. May 24, 2018. External.

New imaging technique to visualize cellular damage to the retina caused by diabetes leads to a better understanding of disease’s progression.

Schumacher, Mary. “Cannabis & Diabetic Retinopathy: What you Need to know.” the Fresh Toast, May 1, 2018. External.

Summary of current research on the use cannabis to treat diabetic retinopathy.

Sossamon, Jeff. “Diabetic Mice to Let Scientists Study Vision Loss.” April 26, 2018. External.

A new mouse model that exhibits symptoms of diabetic retinopathy leads to translational research.

Upham, Becky. “FDA Approves Marketing of Device that can Help Detect Irreversible Diabetic Retinopathy.” Everyday Health, April 15, 2018. External.

A device called IDx-DR could help increase access to diagnostic tools for diabetes-related vision loss.

Yasinski, Emma. “Could ELOVL4 Expression Be a Key to Preventing Diabetic Retinopathy?” MD Magazine, May 23, 2018. External.

A type of fat, once thought to exist only in the skin, may also exist in the eyes where it helps protect against diabetic retinopathy. Researchers study how to replace it as a treatment to halt or slow progression of the disease.

Yasinski, Emma. “ICO Publishes New Guidelines for Diabetic Retinopathy.” MD Magazine, June 19, 2018. External.

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) published new guidelines for the care of diabetic retinopathy.

Education for Blind Children

Brisbin, Shelly. “Blind Students Learn to Code with a Swipe and a Tap.” Texas Standard, March 9, 2018. External.

Students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired learn to code through Apple Computer’s “Everyone Can Code” program.

Schwartz, Sarah. “For Students with Disabilities, Ed Tech Can Empower. But It Often Doesn’t.” Education Week (blog), June 26, 2018. External.

Ed-Tech companies late to jump on the assistive technology bandwagon.

Emergency Preparedness

Perry, David M. “America is not ready for Disability Disaster Response in the Coming Hurricane Season.” Pacific Standard Magazine, June 1, 2018. External.

As the 2018 hurricane season begins, leading experts on disability and disaster response say the United States isn’t ready. In fact, it may be less prepared than a year ago.

Employment of People with Disabilities

Barrett, Katherine and Richard Greene. 2018. “How States Are Helping People with Disabilities Break into Government Jobs.” June 7, 2018. External.

Programs in states break down barriers between people with disabilities and employers.

Garcia, Rafael. “Preparing Blind People for the Tech Workforce.” Government Technology, June 8, 2018. External.

The William L. Hudson Blind and Visually Impaired Workforce Innovation Center trains people with visual impairments for jobs in tech.

Gluck, Sara. “No Need to Apologize: Navigating Work with a Disability.” Do Your Own Think (blog), June 7, 2018. External.

Tips on navigating the workforce with a disability.

Hartman, Mitchell. “In a Tight Labor Market, People with Disabilities Find More Work.” June 22, 2018. External.

As the job market improves, companies look to people with disabilities.

Henriques, Carolina. 2018. “Workplace Dress Codes can Limit Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Researchers Say.” Multiple Sclerosis News Today, June 8, 2018. External.

People with physical disabilities find a lack of work appropriate clothing can limit employment opportunities.

Paynter, Ben. “People with Disabilities Are Still Twice as Likely to Be Unemployed.” Fast Company Magazine, June 22, 2018. External.

Bureau of Labor Statistics report finds troubling statistics for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Sharma, Anushree. “Hiring and Creating a Culture that is Inclusive to Persons with Disability: A Toolkit.” Peoplematters, June 29, 2018. External.

Employer toolkit to hiring and including people with disabilities.

Glaucoma—Blindness Research

Aisen, Cindy Fox. “Cell Discovery Could Personalize Treatment for Glaucoma.”, March 23, 2018. External.

Scientists identify retinal ganglion cells that could be used to create precision medicine for treating glaucoma and other vision diseases.

Muse, Queen. “Correcting a Blind Spot.” Penn Today, June 26, 2018. External.

Genetic study reverses historical racial disparities and transforms the prevention and treatment of glaucoma.

Gaming for People with Disabilities

Spohn, Steven. “How the Xbox Adaptive Controller Will Change the Lives of Millions of Players with Disabilities on PC,” PC Gamer, May 23, 2018. External.

New Xbox Adaptive Controller offers customization for different needs and is less expensive than similar devices.

Higher Education for People with Disabilities

Pearl, Michael. “The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities.” June 15, 2018. External.

Accessible guide to paying for college for students with disabilities.

Potter, Leah. “Officials to Develop Online Accessibility Plan after Federal Disability Probe Closes.” The GW Hatchet, June 11, 2018. External.

Georgetown University develops plan to guarantee online content is accessible to students with disabilities.

Mobile Apps for People with Visual Impairments

Lovejoy, Ben. “Blind People Say Technology Like Siri and VoiceOver Is Life-Changing.” May 29, 2018. External.

How AI and other forms of technology are transforming the lives of blind people.

Macular Degeneration

Alexander, Roberta. “New Retinal Implant Produces Hope of Cure for Macular Degeneration.” April 12, 2018. External.

Bioengineered retinal implant shown in studies to be effective in treating vision loss caused by macular degeneration.

OHSU Casey Eye Institute. 2018. “Wold Family Joins OHSU’s Fight Against Age-Related Blindness with $7.5 Million.”’s-fight-against-age-related-blindness-75-million External.

Gift establishes new center for the research and prevention of macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration—Stem Cells

Boseley, Sarah. “Doctors Hope for Blindness Cure after Restoring Patients’ Sight.” The Guardian, March 19, 2018. External.

Treatment of macular degeneration using stem cells could be available within five years.

CBS News. 2018. “Woman Says Experimental Stem Cell Procedure for Eye Disease was ‘too good to be true.’” May 20, 2018. External.

The federal government cracks down on stem cell clinics selling unapproved treatments for macular degeneration.

Cohen, Julie. “Implanting Stem Cell ‘Patch’ Can Restore Vision.” Futurity. May 09, 2018. External.

Researchers develop a specially engineer retinal patch to treat people with age-related macular degeneration.

DiSanto, Jennifer. “Human Umbilical Tissue-Derived Cell Treatment Benefits Patients with AMD.” MD Magazine, May 3, 2018. External.

Therapy using human umbilical tissue-derived cells shown to correct retinal pigment epithelium degeneration common in age-related macular degeneration.

Mathematics for Blind People

Maher, Louis. “Report on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math 2017 NFB National Convention Tutorial.” Braille Monitor, 61, no. 5, May 2017. External

A synopsis of presentations for during a session of the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention focusing on tools and assistive technologies to aide students in STEM subjects.

Mobility for People with Disabilities

Griess, Rachel. “How Vision Keeps Us Steady while we’re Walking.”, April 25, 2018. External.
Research into the role of vision in walking leads to better treatments for mobility impairments such as strokes, aging, and Parkinson’s.

Parents of Children with Disabilities

Walsh, Louise. “Loving Dad of Visually Impaired Boy Records Charity Song for Blind People.” Irish Mirror, June 28, 2018. External.

Dad sings for charity and his son who is blind.

Parents with Disabilities

Polletta, Maria. “If You Can’t See, Can You Parent? New Law Aims to Protect Blind Guardians.” The Republic, May 20, 2018. External.

A new law in Arizona protects parents who are blind.

People with Disabilities Services for United States Handbooks, Manuals, Etc.

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). “Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign: A Guide for Campaign Staff.” External. Accessed on April 20, 2018.

A primer for staff members of political campaigns about people with disabilities and effective ways to work with them.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Khanna, Samiha. “Method May Delay Onset of Inherited Blindness.”, May 2, 2018. External.

Boosting cells’ ability to process misfolded proteins could significantly delay the onset of blindness in people with inherited retinal conditions.

Science for People with Visual Impairments—Careers for People with Visual Impairments

AZ Business Magazine. “UA Helps Visually Impaired ‘See’ Science.” June 2, 2018. External.

University of Arizona engages high school students with visual impairments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during a weeklong summer education program.

Senior Adults Health—Adjustment by People with Visual Impairments

Miller, Jim. “Savvy Senior: Tips for Living with Low Vision.” Daily Herald, June 24, 2018. External.

For those new to low vision, some practical advice.

Social Security Programs

VerBruggen, Robert. “Redefining Disability.” National Review, June 25, 2018. External.

Census Bureau data shows a drop in the number of people using Social Security Disability Insurance as high employment expands opportunities for people with disabilities in the workplace.

Sports for People with Visual Impairments

Cool Blind Tech. “Blind Tennis Players Heading to the Dublin Takei International Blind Tennis Tournament.” April 23, 2018. External

Discusses an international tennis tournament for blind players in Dublin.

Transportation for People with Visual Impairments

Descant, Skip. “Technology Guides Blind Transit Riders Right to the Bus Door.”, April 13, 2018. External.

Perkins School for the Blind tests the app BlindWays that helps people with visual impairments better navigate bus stops and train stations.

Travel by People with Disabilities

Brockman, Joshua. “For Disabled Travelers, Technology Helps Smooth the Way. But Not All of It.” The New York Times, June 25, 2018. External.

What to do when technology stops at the door of the plane, train, or bus.

Stein, Michael. “The Alphabet Soup of Disability Income: SSDI, LTD and WC.”, May 30, 2018. External.

Summarizes different forms of disability benefits.

Vora, Shivani. “Six Simple Tips for Smooth Travel with a Disability.” The New York Times, April 5, 2018. External.

Tips on traveling with a disability.

Travel by People with Visual Impairments

Markus, Frank. “Sight-Feeling: Promising to Help Blind Passengers Enjoy the Passing Scenery.” Motor Trend, June 17, 2018. External.

Ford Motor “Feel the View” using emerging technology to help people with visual impairments follow along on a road trip with a tactile screen.

Web Accessibility

Evans, Jonny. “Apple Accessibility Solutions Everyone Should Know,” Computerworld, May 15, 2018. External.

Analyzes the accessibility of Apple products for people with disabilities.

Web Accessibility—Universal Design

Heston, Alexandria. “Designing for Accessibility is Crucial in VR and AR.” The Reality of Design. Accessed on May 8, 2018 from External
Advocates for virtual reality designers to consider accessibility while developing their products.