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Promising News regarding Retinal Degenerative Diseases

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An article in the March 16, 2019 issue of Interesting Engineering features the success by researchers at UC Berkeley after introducing genes into blind mice. According to the article’s author, Taylor Donovan, “treatments for any sort of retrial degeneration are extremely limited,” making this discovery that much more impactful. Gene Therapy is proving to be the solution for abating Macular Degeneration or forms of retinal degenerative disease resulting from a fall or other dramatic injury. Treatments for

Within several months, the newly healed mice were able to see motion, fine detail and a wide range of brightness changes. For a person, this means being able to read and participate fully in social activities.

The best news is that this gene therapy should be available to all of us within three years

Art Beyond Sight- Seattle Art Museum

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Art Beyond Sight Tour!

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Art Beyond Sight is a free tour program for visitors with low or no vision and sighted guests. Saturday, March 23 from 2-3:30 pm

explore SAM’s special exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer. Gibson’s work is all about materials, songs, and cultural connections. In addition to hearing verbal descriptions of objects, we’ll listen to music, feel materials, and share personal stories.


Tours begin with light refreshments at 2 pm in Arnold Board Room, on the second floor of the museum.

Volunteers and staff are stationed at entrances to help navigate and you can find Seattle Art Museum’s Low Vision Map & Guide by clicking here. We will provide folding stools in the galleries to make the tour a more comfortable experience.

Space for Art Beyond Sight Tours is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, email access@seattleartmuseum.org or call Kelsey Donahue at (206) 654-3133. Include details like: whether you will be bringing a guest or a guide dog and if we can provide additional accommodations, such as a wheelchair or a docent sighted guide to assist you with wayfinding. You can also sign up for upcoming Art Beyond Sight Tours when you register—see our schedule below.


Sat       April 27           2-3:30 pm        Lessons from the Institute of Empathy

Wed     May 22            2-3:30 pm        North American Art


All tours take place at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave Seattle, WA 98101. SAM’s accessible entrance is located at First Ave and Union St. Access vans can drop off/pick up in front of the museum, on First Ave, midway between Union and University Streets, at Metro stop no. 190. For taxi and other rideshares, drop off is located on the southeast corner of First Ave and Union St, on Union. Please let us know when you register if you would like someone to meet you at any of these drop-off points. For visitors arriving with sighted guests, we can provide subsidized parking passes for Russell Investment Center Garage (below the museum). Find out more information on directions and parking by clicking here.


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Thank You Uber

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UBER has again partnered with Sight Connection to ensure transportation is not an obstacle to Sight Connection’s low vision clinics, adaptive store, assistive technology training and braille classes.

UBER’s Community Impact Initiative provides door-to-door car services to any visually impaired client who wouldn’t other have access to Sight Connection’s independence – driven services.

Thank you UBER for turning obstacles into possibilities.


A Touch of Braille: A Brief Intro to Braille System – Dec 3, 2018

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Interested in learning braille? Try our introduction to braille workshop!
Join us for a two-hour introduction to braille system. Try out braille basics and see how it might be useful to you. Topics:

  • How braille was created
  • Introduction to the braille cell, letters of the alphabet, and numbers
  • Having fun with the first 10 letters of the alphabet with practice exercise sheets
  • Show and tell of various ways that braille could be helpful in our daily lives
  • Questions and answers

Where: Sight Connection, 929 N. 130 St., Suite 3
When: Monday December 3, 2018

Register: (206) 525-5556, knamekata@sightconnection.org. Please leave your name, phone number and/or email address so that we can reach you to confirm.
Instructors: Keiko Namekata, CVRT and Dana Marmion

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Seattle Art Museum- Art Beyond Sight Tours 2018-2019

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Art Beyond Sight  is a free tour program  for low and no vision visitors and their sighted guests at the Seattle Art Museum.

Tours are at 2-3:30Seattle Art Museum logo PM with light refreshments in the Arnold Board Room on the museum’s second floor.  To register and for more information, email access@seattleartmusuem.org or 206-654-3133.

November 17           Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

January 30              Modern and Contemporary Art

February 20            Noble Splendor: Art of Japanese Aristocrats

March 23                 Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

April 27                    Lessons from the Institute of Empathy

May 22                     North American Art

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