Human echolocation may sound like a comic book superpower, but it's real. Many people who are blind create sounds and then use the echo to sense objects in the vicinity. This mental map helps them navigate their surroundings.
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Medical scientist Botond Roska has landed a €1 million check from Germany's Körber Foundation for his groundbreaking research. His gene-based treatment to restore sight has already entered clinical trials.
One-time Eurovision contestant Corinna May has lost a court case in Bremen after she had trouble voting in a local election. But how easy is it for visually-impaired people to take part in German democracy?
Exhibitions in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw provide powerful insight into the psychological and physical experiences of the visually impaired — helping visitors cultivate empathy for the "hard brain work" of being blind.
As the world's second most populated country emerges from lockdown, millions of Indians who suffer from blindness attempt to navigate a new world. Reliant on touch, they are thwarted by physical distancing rules.
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