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Blind Birdwatcher Sees With Sound

Juan Pablo Culasso is a birdwatcher in Uruguay, but he doesn't see birds the way that most birdwatchers do. In fact, he doesn’t see them at all. Born without sight, Culasso listens to the birds and has developed a kee...

What does the wheelchair symbol actually mean?

Some of the world’s most recognizable symbols exist to sell products. Others, to steer traffic or advance political causes. But there’s one whose main purpose is to help people. You may know it as the wheelchair symbo...

An incoming storm delivers a world full of color

An incoming rainstorm brings a rainbow of sound and color to a little girl's world. Nieta, which means "granddaughter" in Spanish, is an award-winning animated short by Argentine filmmaker Nicolás P. Villarreal.

Why Not Now? Vivian Stancil

When Vivian Stancil was 49 years old, her doctor told her that she needed to immediately improve her health. Despite being afraid of the water—she's legally blind and had never been in a pool before—she was determined...

Dancing Professionally With Cerebral Palsy

When doctors diagnosed Jerron Herman with cerebral palsy hemiplegia, they told him he wouldn't be able to clothe or feed himself, and that he would need assistance with nearly everything he did. Not only did Herman pr...

Climbing Wind Turbines for a Living

Converting kinetic energy into electrical power as they spin, wind turbines are a growing part of the world's renewable energy solutions. Rock climber and wind turbine technician Jessica Kilroy inspects, maintains, an...

How do the blind cook?

Chopping veggies with a sharp knife, cooking up sauces on a hot stove, and prepping a fresh fish for the oven all with a GoPro on, American chef Christine Hà demonstrates how someone who is blind can cook complex dish...

This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton

Graphic Designer Emma Lawton would draw and write as a large part of her work and daily life, but after being diagnosed in 2012 with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, using her hands...

A Tour of the White House’s West Wing in Sign Language

Leah Katz-Hernandez is the West Wing Receptionist and her job is to welcome everyday Americans and world leaders alike to the West Wing, the Executive Office Building where the President of the United States' offices ...

The Blind Astronomer of Nova Scotia

Tim Doucette is legally blind, yet he sees the stars better than most people. A childhood diagnosis of congenital cataracts forced doctors to remove Doucette's lenses and widen his pupils. That left the amateur astron...

Born with no fingers, teen Alexey Romanov is a piano prodigy

At 16 years old, Alexey Romanov has become a celebrated pianist across Russia. Born with no fingers, his growing love for classical music motivated him to start learning piano. In two years of diligent practice, Roman...

The Present by Jacob Frey

Immersed in his video games, this boy would rather stay indoors than engage with the world outside... until his mother brings home a small surprise. Based on a comic strip by Fabio Coala, this is The Present, an award...

The Sea Is Blue

A young girl falls overboard during a fishing expedition and experiences a meaningful undersea adventure in this stop motion animation: The Sea Is Blue by writer and director Vincent Peone. A myth about how the ocean ...

This Technology Wants to Make Wheelchairs Obsolete

What if people who are currently wheelchair-bound could, in the future, put on an exoskeleton -- a wearable bionic exosuit -- as if it was simply a shirt and jeans? Ekso Bionics, a design and manufacturing startup out...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

The Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible Electric Vehicle

Made especially to give wheelchair users a way to drive independently, the Kenguru Wheelchair-Accessible electric vehicle goes up to 25mph with a range of 45-60 miles, perfect for driving to the grocery store or for m...

Emily’s Oz: A blind girl imagines & art directs The Wizard of Oz

A recent television commercial is standing out among the others, not as much for the product that it's advertising, but for the story it tells about a seven year old girl named Emily. Blind since birth, Emily's imagin...

Derby the dog runs on his 3D printed prosthetic paws

This is Derby and these are Derby's life-changing, 3D printed prosthetic paws. Derby was born with deformed front legs and had a lot of trouble getting around outside before animal lover and 3D Systems employee Tara A...

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