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BVA National President Again Urges COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Members, Families of Members, and Friends: As you all know, our country is still dealing with COVID-19. Americans know firsthand the tragedies of this pandemic with nearly 600,000 deaths to date. That is more deaths than those from World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and 9/11 combined.  With only 64 percent of adults having received at least one shot, our country still has considerable work ahead in […]

HBO Max Adds Accessibility Features for Visually Impaired Viewers

Key accessibility features for blind and visually impaired users are now part of Home Box Office’s massive streaming service HBO Max, helping the users enjoy the same content as sighted viewers. The new service offers audio descriptions for content, which describes action on the screen beyond the dialog and sound effects, for some 1,500 hours of third-party content, HBO originals, HBO Max Originals, and Warner Brothers movies. Several other changes are also intended to improve […]

Policy Vets Podcast Features Don Overton, Begins Airing Today

BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr., recently appointed as a Scholar to the prestigious Policy Vets, appears on a podcast that became available today on the Policy Vets website and can also be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and several other popular platforms. Part 1 of the podcast series, entitled “How Service Animal Regulation Affects Veterans,” will be followed by a Part 2 airing next Friday, June 25. Policy Vets is a nonprofit […]

Victory over Blindness: Northumbria University to welcome Blind Veterans’ Chief

Professor Renata Gomes, Chief Scientific Officer at Blind Veterans UK and newly appointed Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, is to deliver a virtual public lecture on Blind Veterans UK’s research – sharing knowledge for the benefit of wider humanity. Sight loss, at any age, is life-changing: it is both physically and mentally challenging, causes many issues in different stages of life and it often co-exists with other challenges and disabilities. Blind Veterans UK conducts world-leading […]

BVA Seeks Member Support for Legislation Affecting Vision and Biomedical Research

Blinded veterans and their families can assist BVA in increasing support for legislation to secure loans for vision research projects and other biomedical research. The “Long-term Opportunities for Advancing New Studies (LOANS) for Biomedical Research Act” (H.R. 3437) would infuse critical private sector dollars into clinical trials for the treatment and cures that many researchers are anticipating. The LOANS Act would help fund vital research for degenerative eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, […]