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How a Simple Browser Add-On is Changing the Way Visually Impaired People Use the Web

Meet the brains behind a powerful new tool that lets anyone contribute to making the internet a more accessible place.

Illustration by Jean Wei

It was at lunch about a year ago that Niamh Parsley first had the idea for her thesis—a tool called Depict, which could radically improve the lives of the visually impaired. She was with her husband and Joe Stretchay, his friend from high school, and she watched how Stretchay, who is blind, navigated the meal. “I noticed a few mannerisms that he had [developed] to deal with his visual impairment,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘Oh wow, he must have all these little quick fixes for a ton of things that I had just never thought of.’” She was nearing the end of her time at Parsons, earning her MFA in Design and Technology, and realized that the Internet was a place where those little fixes are nearly impossible for the visually impaired to develop.

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Watch as a Visually Impared Mother-To-Be Is Surprised With a 3D Printed Ultrasound Image of Her Son

“Meeting Murilo” is a heartwarming example of 3D printing being put to good use.

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In the decades since being introduced as a prenatal tool, ultrasound imaging has afforded soon-to-be mothers (and fathers) the opportunity to “meet” their unborn child in as intimate a way as is technologically possible: By seeing their baby, face to face. For many, it’s a profoundly moving moment. But for parents with visual impairments, it’s an experience that can often be frustratingly inaccessible.

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Following Criticism, Netflix To Launch Audio Description Service For The Blind, Starting With Daredevil!

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The reviews are in, and by most accounts Netflix’s adaptation of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil is a smash hit.

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