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How I Use Accessible Voting Machines with Low Vision

As we begin another election year and the specifics of the process are receiving more attention than ever before, I thought it would be worth reprinting a blog post from Veronica Lewis explaining how she, as someone who has limited vision, votes. WHAT ARE ACCESSIBLE VOTING MACHINES? An accessible voting machine is an electronic tool that allows users with disabilities

Cooking without Looking, Part I

I need to preface this post with a disclaimer: Although this is the first of a two-part series on cooking as a blind person, I myself have never listed cooking as one of my skills. My efforts are confined to recipes that do not include more than three ingredients and don’t take more than three steps, and boiling water counts

The ADA: Fact and Fiction

What people know, or think they know, about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is frequently as much urban legend as fact. Employers often think it imposes more of a burden on them than it really does, and the disability community often believes it guarantees rights that it doesn’t. Since this is not legal information you’re going to learn by

U.S. Supreme Court Passes on Domino’s Case: Commenters Misunderstand

Because of the publicity attending the Domino’s case and internet accessibility, I’m going to be reprinting the comments of Lainey Feingold, an attorney specializing in disability law in my next few posts. Her original post, which may be found at https://www.lflegal.com/2019/10/dominos-comments/ is lengthy and, because it is clearly written and provides a thoughtful explanation of the issues, I’m going to

How to Pull the Plug on the Internet

The following post was written two days before the Supreme Court denied certiorari (refused to hear) the case discussed below. Nonetheless, since the issues aren’t likely to disappear any time in the immediate future, it seems worth posting anyway. Imagine tomorrow morning that about half of the websites you try to go to have disappeared. If you need to access

The Dog Blog: Returning Home

Returning home with a new guide dog is not exactly the same as driving off the lot with a new car because part of the thrill of having that new car is that you anticipate that everything will work perfectly, and, for the most part, it probably will. Unlike cars, dogs don’t come with warrantees. At the risk of pointing

Ten Ways Visual Impairment Influenced Classic Artists

The following post first appeared as part of the excellent blog that Veronica Lewis writes on visual impairment. She is a student majoring in information technology at George Mason University in Northern Virginia. To make the reading a bit easier, I have deleted all of the citations to medical publications that Veronica included in the original post to document her

The Dog Blog: Learning to Work with a Dog

Several years ago, a blind friend who taught political science at the local university was doing research that involved interviewing sheriffs in small Southern towns. He explained that he always found it relatively easy to establish rapport when he was accompanied by his guide dog. As he said, “Sheriffs are suckers for a well-trained dog.” He used to tell the

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