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Why Blindfolding Is a Really Dumb Idea

Frequently, with the very best of intentions, someone decides that blindfolding people who are sighted will help them understand what it’s like to be blind. Superficially, this sounds like a great idea; after all, it’s a walk a mile in my moccasins moment, isn’t it? Describing it as “really dumb” is pretty strong language so let me explain. There are

The 11 Secrets to Overcoming Disability

While we don’t want to think about it, most of us, if we live long enough, are preparing to become disabled. That’s a pretty scary thought, but, after all, the human body begins to go out of warranty at about age forty. After that, we can’t count on hips, back, vision, etc. being what they were when we were twenty.

Snowplows in Disneyworld

Several years ago, while walking with a flight attendant through an airport to make a connection, I asked her what was the least desirable flight to work. My mother had been a flight attendant many years ago, and I remembered that hostesses (as they were called in a less politically correct time) bid for the flights they wanted based on

How to Prepare for Transitioning to College

While the following post from Is written with the visually-impaired audience in mind, it, nonetheless, contains useful material for anyone planning to transition from high school to college. I usually delete the links from Veronica’s blogs to make reading easier, in this case I’ve left them in because they are exceptionally valuable. When I was first researching colleges in

Reading Bookshare with Microsoft Word

Bookshare is one of the primary ways blind and visually-impaired students can access much of the printed material available to their sighted peers. While it’s not especially difficult to learn, the following post by Veronica Lewis simplifies the process. For the complete text of the original, including some useful links, go to Reading Bookshare Titles with Microsoft Word As a

The Secrets of Locating Good Accessible Technology for Someone with Low Vision

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, the large majority of people meeting the definition of legal blindness still have some usable vision. The following post from Veronica Lewis’s accessible technology blog provides an excellent overview of some of the most common tech tools to help people with low vision. To enhance readability, I’ve omitted the links to resources and

How Can Someone Who Is Visually Impaired Use Microsoft Whiteboard

I have lost track of the number of blind and visually-impaired people, both students and teachers, who I know that struggle with Microsoft’s Whiteboard. The following post is perhaps the best explanation I’ve read about how it can be used. While this is likely more specialized information than the average reader of this blog is interested in, it is, nonetheless,

What Sesame Street Has to Do with Accessible Technology

Many years ago, just a couple of years after “Sesame Street” began on public television, some researchers associated with PBS were interested in learning whether the show was accomplishing its stated goal; that is, was it providing educational benefit to disadvantaged children or was it just a cute, entertaining program for the preschool set? The researchers distinguished between two groups

How I Spent My Spring Social Distancing

We all have those things we plan on doing if we only had the time. Well, now due to social distancing, many of us have that time. Some of the ones on my list have something to do with blindness; some of them don’t. I’m sharing the lists below to help you make more productive use of all that free

Confronting Corona as a Blind Person

I should be embarrassed to confess that I have always been fascinated by epidemics. Cholera, small pox, polio, the great influenza pandemic, it doesn’t matter. I admit that I struggle to understand the virology or bacteriology behind these diseases but am captivated by the stories of how people respond to them. Whether it’s the bubonic plague or yellow fever, some

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