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Vision & Hearing Loss

In Tandem, The Sighted Bicycling The Blind

In Mexico City, a group of tandem bicyclists gathers every Sunday to give blind and visually-impaired people a tour of the town.

The Limits People Place On Us When We’re Disabled

Growing up partially blind in India, I know my visual impairment isn't the problem. It's other people's attitudes towards disability.

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How Motherhood Forced One Woman To Confront Her Hearing Loss

Sahel Chen managed to cover her measles-induced hearing loss for most of her life. But when she couldn't hear her baby crying, she knew she had to confront her disability head on.

The Treasure Hunters: Geocaching When You’re Disabled

Technology and a dose of true grit are helping these modern-day explorers take part in the global treasure hunt called geocaching.

Bird Box When You’re Blind

A better #birdboxchallenge would help sighted people understand the realities of visual impairment better.
A disabled man giving a thumbs up sign underwater in scuba gear, alongside his diving instructor.

The Big-Hearted Org That Brings Scuba Diving To Everyone

Disability doesn't exist underwater. Founded by Jim Elliott, Diveheart is an Illinois-based organization that wants to make sure everyone can experience what that's like.
A blind woman with occult macular generation standing before Denali.

Regaining Sight Of Her Happiness After Blindness

Losing her vision from occult macular degeneration could easily have placed Ashley J. Smith in a downward spiral. Instead, she chose joy.

This Deaf Medical Student Is Using Microsoft’s HoloLens To Fix A Huge Healthcare Problem

Not enough doctors know American Sign Language to treat deaf patients. That's a problem Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, who is deaf himself, thinks augmented reality can help solve.

The Sight-Challenged Survivor Of 9/11

If he hadn't been raised to do everything a sighted person could do, Michael Hingson may never have escaped the 76th floor of Tower One.

Falling Back In Love With Music After Deafness

40 years after sudden hearing loss seemingly ended my career as a pop music sensation, I finally learned to embrace my deafness, and become a musician again.

Seeing-Eye Runner

For three days, I served as the sighted partner and guide for my friend, a blind runner, during a race through the Colorado Rockies.