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Michael Marrone

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The Faces Behind PPE: Utica Workers Prepare Packages for State

By Michael Marrone / September 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

Dennis Webster is one of the people overseeing Central Industries’ operations, and it’s something he has a passion for. His grandfather was blind, and received help from the organization leading the business. “My father always says, ‘Your grandfather would be so proud,’ ” said Webster, the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Public & Government Affairs. […]

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A visually impaired man and women using their white canes to track the path of tactile paving.

What is Tactile Paving?

By Michael Marrone / August 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

When you walk, you probably notice a series of small yellow domes in a grid pattern on sidewalks. While these may seem like an aesthetic choice, they are there to help those living with a visual impairment safely navigate their surroundings. What is Tactile Paving? These patterns are called tactile paving (also known as ground […]

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Protecting Children’s Vision While Learning Virtually

By Michael Marrone / August 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s becoming a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices and learning virtually. Dr. Allen Zuck, a low vision specialist for the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or CABVI, says increased screen time due to remote learning can […]

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A preview of the video with Dylan on the left, Tim in the middle, and Kevin on the right. The background image is a picture of the USA Blind Hockey team. The text says Turnbull TV #42, USA Blind Hockey.

Turnbull TV #42 – USA Blind Hockey Team

By Michael Marrone / August 19, 2020 / 0 Comments

We are super excited about this week’s episode! From three different states, we sit down with two members of the USA Blind Hockey team as well as Dylan Drexler from Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – CABVI (CABVI). Last week would have been the third year for training camp for team USA […]

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A visually impaired man using a white cane to cross the street. A sighted guide is walking next to the visually impaired man.

What Are The Different Types of White Canes?

By Michael Marrone / August 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

The white cane. A tool that many who are blind or visually impaired rely on to navigate their surroundings. While at first glance, these canes might look the same. However, they are many variations on the simple white cane that allows users to safely navigate the world around them. Here are some of the different […]

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Reading Books with Visual Impairments

By Michael Marrone / August 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

Books can transport you to new worlds, help you learn about new topics, and expand your way of thinking. Vision loss can make experiencing those stories a struggle. However, adaptive technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stories. Here are a few ways to read books with a visual impairment: Using Magnifiers and Screen […]

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A screenshot of the video game "The Last of Us Part 2". Ellie, the main character, is riding a horse into a abandoned city.

Last of Us II and Accessibility in Video Games

By Michael Marrone / August 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Video games are a great way to transport players to new worlds and tell new stories. However, video games are a very visual medium, while also needing fast reflexes, good hearing, and great vision to be able to play. These can make it hard for those who are blind or visually impaired to interact with […]

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US Census Rubber Band Contract

By Michael Marrone / August 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

If you noticed a rubber band when you filled out this year’s US Census, we had a hand on that band. The rubber bands are part of the AbilityOne program, meaning that we have the rights to sell this product to the federal government. Mike Blake, the product manager for the rubber bands, oversaw progress […]

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How You Can Make Social Media More Accessible.

By Michael Marrone / August 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

Social Media is a great way to connect with family, friends, and people all around the world. It’s how we celebrate important moments in life, and also, cat pictures. However, social media platforms were not designed to accommodate those with visual impairments. In recent years, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter rolled out features dedicated […]

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Tools for Working from Home with a Visual Impairment

By Michael Marrone / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Students and employees across the country are starting to work and learn from home. It is becoming the standard, but steps need to be taken to ensure that accessibility is not sacrificed at the cost of convenience. Thankfully, various applications are closing the gap that is being left open. Here are a few tools to […]

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