As many of us have been realizing, it’s crucial that we mobilize the disabled community to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE in 2020. To that end, the ADA National Network https://adata.org/ will be hosting a twitter chat about accessible voting on February 26. It’s FREE, registration is not required, and we will learn more about barriers to accessible voting. “Tweet” you there! https://adata.org/event/ada-national-network-twitter-chat-Voting-Acces Continue reading Join us on FEBRUARY 26 to learn more about Accessible Voting
If you can’t stand in line for an hour or use a pencil and paper to vote (the “old-fashioned way”), does that mean you are less patriotic or less committed to get into that voting booth? That’s what I just heard an elected official imply in a television interview. It’s unfortunate, because I am normally in lockstep with this person’s political views. And I know … Continue reading We’re still “Committed,” even if we Can’t Stand for an Hour
Now that I’m retired, there are so many things I want to do. Among them is learning how to draw. I am fascinated by the ability to create portraits, landscapes, bowls of fruit and so much more from a humble charcoal pencil, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that. I therefore signed up for a drawing class, put … Continue reading “Walking” in the Rain
No one thinks it’s a big deal to see a blind person walking with a seeing-eye dog. But dogs can do a lot more than that to help people with disabilities. Some are trained to recognize when their handlers are about to have epileptic seizures. Others can pull wheelchairs, open doors and retrieve items. These dogs are recognized as “service animals” and people who … Continue reading Keep your Service Snake to Yourself, says the Dept of Transportation
Thank you, Joseph Shapiro, for again shining a light on some of the most bizarre (attempted, in this case) injustices towards people with disabilities! https://www.npr.org/2020/01/20/798000308/amtrak-to-drop-25-000-ticket-price-for-two-wheelchair-users-after-complaints Continue reading No, you didn’t read this wrong! Amtrak was going to charge $25,000 for two wheelchair users.
The Nazis’ atrocities are well-documented. However, one fact that receives less publicity is that people with disabilities were among their victims. The following piece from the New York Times describes this in tragic detail. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/opinion/disability-nazi-eugenics.html Continue reading The Nazis Also Targeted People with Disabilities
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/us/blind-marching-band-outback-bowl-trnd/index.html In 1989, the administrators at Gallaudet University for the Deaf passed over several deaf finalists for the position of university president. Instead, they hired the one finalist with normal hearing. The students were so outraged that they staged demonstrations and effectively closed down the college, to the chant of “Deaf President Now.” Their action received worldwide support and finally, the chosen president resigned. … Continue reading Marching Towards Equality during the Outback Bowl
Can’t spot the one with the disability? That’s the whole point! It’s so great to see people with disabilities making their way into our most visible symbols of Americana. And Sydney Mesher is a great example. Obviously, she is not letting her disability keep her from living the life she wants. You go, girl! https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/24/us/disabled-radio-city-rockette-history-trnd/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold Continue reading Rock On! A Dancer with a Disability Joins the Rockettes