National Federation of the Blind Applauds Historic Iowa Supreme Court Decision

Decision Affirms Right of Blind People to Enter Chiropractic Medicine Field

Des Moines, Iowa (June 27, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded the Iowa Supreme Court for its decision in the landmark case of Aaron Cannon and Davenport Civil Rights Commission v. Palmer College of Chiropractic. In a five to two ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court reinstituted the decision of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, which found that Palmer College of Chiropractic violated Aaron Cannon’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Iowa law by requiring that chiropractic students possess sight and by not providing Cannon the reasonable accommodation of a sighted reader. The commission also ordered that Palmer reinstate Cannon and pay economic damages. Continue reading

I Get To Practice What I Preach

It has been almost 13 years since the terrorists attacked us in the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001.  On that day my life changed as did the lives of so many of us in the United States.  For me, it meant a return to California and a new career in public speaking.  One of the things I am most often asked to discuss is “Change.”  We’ve seen a lot of changes in our world and in our personal lives over the past 13 years.  Major hurricanes, natural disasters, the economic crises in our country and in our world and major political divisions and upheavals have affected us all, some more than others.  Continue reading

Prejudice Goes Much Deeper Than Race

love is blindThe past six weeks have seen our country once again take up the discussion of racial prejudice.  It began with the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making extreme, racially prejudiced comments which have been broadcasted all over the world by every media outlet imaginable.  Few people doubt the inappropriateness of Mr. Sterling’s remarks, private or otherwise.

Two weeks ago Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, made comments during a public forum discussing Mr. Sterling’s remarks and observed that in reality no matter what we think or say, we all have prejudices in our minds and hearts.  In essence, Mr. Cuban observed that we all live our lives in some way according to the prejudices we carry around with us.  He used some racial examples to illustrate his points. Continue reading

What Is Normal Anyway? | Michael Hingson

I have always regarded myself as a pretty normal kind of guy. I am 64 years old and have been married for half my life. I have a Masters degree in Physics from the University of California at Irvine which I received in the usual timeframe. Following in the footsteps of most normal people after college I obtained a full-time job which for me happen to be in sales. I sold high tech computer related products for over 25 years. Sounds pretty normal so far? Continue reading

Help! My Baby is Blind!

Every expectant or new parent anticipates getting only the most “perfect baby in the world.”  If the newborn child looks in any way different, or if the doctors find “something wrong” with the child, all joy and enthusiasm can come crashing down around the new parents and their families.

A perfect example of this is what happens to any mother who gives birth to a child which happens to be born blind.  In my case, for example, the blindness was not diagnosed until four months after I was born, and the blindness was not technically there at birth, but it was caused by me being given a pure Oxygen environment right after birth.  You see, I was born two months prematurely and the Oxygen-rich environment was necessary in order to keep me alive.  The condition which caused my blindness is known as Retinopathy O Prematurity.  Blindness is not always the result of a pure Oxygen environment for newborns, but it can be a condition that results. Continue reading