Moving Past Negativity

Part of my workday is spent sifting through the Internet for interesting articles relating to Independent Living, disability rights, human rights and other issues relating to the disability community.  I learn a lot by doing this: information about organizations and events as well as the newest trends in technology; unfortunately, I come across a lot of negativity as well. Continue reading “Moving Past Negativity”

Pray the Gay Away!

*Warning: this is satire, don’t get offended*

I live in Atlanta and nothing says “Good Morning!” like having a street preacher try to pray away my “afflictions.”  In their eyes I’m dual diagnosis (blind and gay), one of them is less visible (no pun intended). Continue reading “Pray the Gay Away!”

Disability Terminology

People first language. We all know about it and use it regularly, right? It’s respectful and saying “person with a disability” is much better than using handicapped, right? After all, the word handicapped comes from the having a cap in hand to beg for change or a handout or charity, and nobody wants to be associated with that image. This word, “handicapped”, has the power to inspire anger and insult because of where it originated, or at least how we were told it originated.  Continue reading “Disability Terminology”

“Accessible” Technology

ecently I attended a “Vision Awareness Day” at my local Center for the Visually Impaired. There was a fantastic turnout and many amazing items were demonstrated for the attendees. There were screen readers, handheld video magnifiers, scanners that turned text to speech and closed circuit televisions (CCTVs).

Recently I attended a “Vision Awareness Day” at my local Center for the Visually Impaired. There was a fantastic turnout and many amazing items were demonstrated for the attendees. There were screen readers, handheld video magnifiers, scanners that turned text to speech and closed circuit televisions (CCTVs). Continue reading ““Accessible” Technology”

IL Pioneer: Max Starkloff

A pioneer of the Independent Living and Disability Rights movements, Max Starkloff, was responsible for many important changes in disability rights in St. Louis. fueled by powerful self-motivation and inspired by the work of Ed Roberts, Starkloff laid the groundwork for change on a larger scale. Continue reading “IL Pioneer: Max Starkloff”