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Houston’s Vision-Impaired, Crisis Hotline, and Sculpted Trees: Houston Matters for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It can be a challenge for anyone, at times, to get around in Houston. It’s all the more daunting for the blind or vision-impaired. Today on Houston Matters, we explore some of the challenges and accommodations made for the vision-impaired in Greater Houston, with Donnie Gatlin from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, […]

It can be a challenge for anyone, at times, to get around in Houston. It’s all the more daunting for the blind or vision-impaired.

Today on Houston Matters, we explore some of the challenges and accommodations made for the vision-impaired in Greater Houston, with Donnie Gatlin from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Carolyn Carman from the University of Houston’s College of Optometry, and Katie McGowan from The Lighthouse of Houston, an organization dedicated to assisting the blind and visually impaired to live independently.

Also this hour, we talk with representatives of Crisis Intervention of Houston, which has operated a 24-hour telephone crisis counseling and information hotline since 1970. We discuss the history of the service, and the types of calls they receive today.

Plus: A pair of conversations about flowers and trees in Houston – from a metal sculpture of trees at Kirby near Westheimer, to the Japanese garden at Hermann Park.

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