Bessie’s Story: Watching the Lights Go Out

(DGIwire)   BESSIE’S STORY – Watching the Lights Go Out by Thomas W. Farmen is an inspiring and gratifying book about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab named Bessie who gradually loses her eyesight.  The author thoughtfully leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to […]

Video Game Accessibility for the Blind Gets Better

(DGIwire) – By definition, video games are an intensely visual medium—and the quality of the visuals can make or break a game’s quality. For visually impaired players, a lack of access to what’s happening on the screen has been a longstanding challenge. But it’s one that is rapidly changing with the advent of new technology, […]

Eye-Opening New Technology Benefits the Visually Impaired

(DGIwire) – This is a time of technological wonders—and many of the advances now being made are designed to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. As a recent article on Raconteur.net notes, tech is increasingly helping those with no or low vision to live as sighted people do. For example, smart glasses are utilizing […]

How A Bold Move Leads New Yorker to ‘Find Grace’

(DGIwire) Once in a while a book comes along that compellingly decodes the cost of learning what matters in life. Alison Rand’s new memoir, A Place Called Grace, is such a book. Friends and family told the author that her plan–moving to another country alone–was crazy.  She was, however, undeterred.  As she explains, “It was 1995 and I recently […]

Less Time, More Money: How to Grow Fast Casual Eateries

(DGIwire) – When RestaurantDive.com recently forecast the hottest restaurant trends for 2019, one of the standouts was a surge in fast casual dining. Even though analysts predict flat growth for the overall restaurant space this year, they have also observed an uptick in the fast casual category. As the publication noted, fast casual is taking […]

Blindfold Games: A World of Mobile Fun for the Visually Impaired

(DGIwire) — Many who are visually impaired consider their mobile devices to be valuable tools for day-to-day living, but do not expect these devices to provide entertainment. This changed in 2014—when mentor-speaker, angel fund investor and award-winning innovator Marty Schultz started Blindfold Games, an app development company that builds accessible games for the visually impaired […]

New York Singer is ‘Lost in a Dream’ After Winning $20,000 Prize

(DGIwire) Jen Fellman was like many others in Manhattan: waitressing or bar-tending to keep a roof over her head and food in the fridge while she auditions and hopes for her big break as a singer, actress and writer. Then two great things happened:  She reached her goal on GoFundMe, raising $26,500 to pay for […]

Is There a Second Chance for Love? Ginni Conquest’s New Romance Novel Says Yes

(DGIwire) — Spring is getting warmer more quickly than usual—due to a sizzingly readable new romance novel hot off the press. Prolific self-published author Ginni Conquest—whose star is rising rapidly in the romance genre—has just released Second Chance for Love, her fifth novel in less than 24 months. As with all of its predecessors, it […]

Making Sports Dreams Come True for Children in Need

(DGIwire) – Every young person deserves to experience the fun of playing sports. But for many, the cost of participating puts these enjoyable activities out of reach. According to the Huffington Post, U.S. parents pay $671 on average per year to cover the costs of uniforms and other expenses. Meanwhile, Time magazine notes that sky-high […]

Video Gaming: Not Just a Young Person’s Thing

(DGIwire) – Gaming is a multibillion-dollar industry that appeals to a tremendous range of players. But if there is one pervasive stereotype about the industry, it’s that gamers are exclusively young people—sitting transfixed in a dark room in front of a brightly lit screen. Yet teens and twentysomethings are hardly the only ones attracted to […]

Bringing Military Veterans’ Stress to the Big Screen and the Search for Better Treatment Options

(DGIwire) – Military service members—including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—are often silent about their experiences when they get back home. An American film released in October 2017, Thank You For Your Service, aimed to give them a voice. As reported by CNN, the drama is based on the book of the same name by […]

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