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Eclipse. The dark moon covers the sun leaving only visible a ring of fire.
 

Not being able to see is not an excuse to miss the upcoming eclipse. NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium created the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, which will allow people to experience the eclipse in a different way. It will include “audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.” Isn’t it awesome

A cup of black coffee. White sugar falls in the coffee from a spoon.
 

Dinning in the Dark made me wonder about other things, like how it would be to cook in the dark.  How can you identify the right condiments, and not end up putting salt instead of sugar in the coffee (I have seen it happen!).  Or even something as basic as avoid burning yourself while taking a dish out of the oven would be harder if you could not see.

Lobby. Judy Matthews, from Lighthouse, and 5 people from Dicapta stand together smiling.
 

By Maria Victoria Diaz

Last week, I had the opportunity to have dinner in the dark on Thursday night. For three years in a row, I had missed the same event organized by Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food, but I finally made it!

Glasses and bottles dimly lit by candles
 

Our friends from Lighthouse Central Florida have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank, for a 4th year in a row, to host Dining in the Dark on July 27th.  The Orlando Police Department’s SWAT team members are again joining the event as Guest Servers and will be wearing their night-vision goggles to navigate the dinning room.  The event is already sold out, but you can still add your name to the wait list.

 

If you have a service dog, odds are that you already know what to do when planning to fly with your dog. However, it is still good to remember a few important steps you should take in order to have a smoother trip. These steps are specially important now that there is an increasing number of people traveling with “fake” Emotional Support Animals (ESA).  These people are making it more difficult for the ones with real ESA or guide dogs to fly.

 

In the past years, Uber and Lyft, which are transportation network companies, have been subject to several lawsuits across the country for failing to provide transportation for people with disabilities.

 

A few cities around the country are entering into partnerships to provide more flexible transportation services to people with disabilities.

 

It's not too late to make some beeping Easter Eggs for this Sunday!  The International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators (IABTI) provides easy to follow instructions to make these fancy eggs. Buy the parts you need and then follow just 6 steps to make them.

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking nominations for the sixth Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA). The reception of nominations is open until April 13, 2017.