Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
August 6, 2004
Bainbridge - A seeing eye dog, a cane, and Braille. Easily recognized tools used by blind or low vision people, but these days there is so much more.
"I am amazed each and everyday," says James A. Dickerson. "There are new things coming out that will assist us in our independent living, so we don't have to ask someone to assist us."
There are devices that differentiate between colors and denominations of money, and tools that allow the blind to participate in everyday activities.
"New technology is allowing those with visual impairments to lead a more normal life. They can read the morning newspaper and there are even aids that will assist them with watching television," says Peggy Chavis.
And for those who have lost all vision, there are devices that will read a book. Even the Internet is accessible. One device translates print into braille and vice-versa, a handheld computer. But just like all technology, "It's changing all the time," says Chavis. "That's why it's important to have these kind of events, because what's new here today, in six months will be obsolete. That's just how quickly things are changing."
Changing, yet improving life for those who were once limited. Chavis says, "It makes a difference in a person being independent and self sufficient and being homebound, and having somebody care for them."
Now they are finding ways to care and to enjoy life on their own. Although the devices allow blind people to email and correspond like traditional computers, the prices aren't very friendly. A personal data assistant for the blind can cost up to $5,000.