Cat Owner Sabine Fallend Photographs Her Eyeless Cat Who Sees With His Heart

“Kazou was found as a kitten when his eyes were already badly damaged from the cat flu. Sadly, they couldn’t be saved and had to be surgically removed. But that hasn’t stopped him since – far from it! Continue reading »

Shapereader, A Comic For Blind Readers

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Shapereader is a tactile language, specifically designed to allow the creation of universally accessible narrative works of tactile literature for, and from a visually impaired readership. The Shapereader consists of an ever expanding repertoire of anaglyph shapes called tactigrams designed to provide haptic equivalents for objects, actions, affections, characters and so on. The first narrative work designed with the Shapereader repertoire is “Arctic Circle”, an original tactile novel of 57 pages. Shapereader is a project by conceptual artist Ilan Manouach. Continue reading »

Innovative Braille LEGO-Style Bricks Help Blind Children Learn To Read While Playing

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The Braille Bricks project, co-founded by the Dorina Nowill Foundation For The Blind, helps blind children learn to read through play. Each block can be used like a toy by blind and sighted children alike, although for the benefit of the blind children, each block features one Braille letter. So far, the São Paulo based organisation has only manufactured enough bricks for 300 students, but through the Creative Commons, they hope more will be made. Continue reading »

3D-Printed Paintings Let The Blind “See” Famous Art For The First Time

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The Unseen Art project wants blind and visually-impaired people to be able to enjoy classical art in museums and galleries. With 3D-printing and an IndieGoGo fundraiser, their mission could soon be a reality. Continue reading »

Elderly Blind Man and His Armless Friend Plant Over 10,000 Trees in China

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Looking at the lush, green, tree-filled stretch of land north of the Yeli Village in Sunzhuang Township, Jingxing County, Hebei, China, it’s hard to imagine that just 12 years ago, those plains were filled with nothing but rocks and weeds. This miraculous transformation is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of an elderly blind man named Jia Haixia and his friend Jia Wenqi, a double amputee with no arms. For more than 10 years, the duo have been planting thousands of trees in an effort to protect and preserve the natural ecology of the land surrounding their village. Continue reading »