Earlier this week I wrote an article in which I discussed the changing world in which we live from the standpoint of terror and uncertainty. I suggested that one of the things that each of us can do is to relax and go within ourselves to overcome fear and terror. I realize that this is easy to say and many will feel that it is hard to accomplish. Continue reading
My wife and I spend a lot of time talking to each other. We enjoy lively discussions and we do really communicate. What I admire most about Karen is that from time to time during our discussions she says something that is not only profound, but it changes our whole discussion for the evening. I look forward to these tidbits because they make me think and because they remind me of why I love her more each day. Continue reading
Like many I sat glued to my television last week as the Grand Jury decision was read in the case of the shooting of the unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri earlier this year. As the decision unfolded I realized that no matter how the jury voted there would be great dissatisfaction. Finally we learned that Officer Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting. Immediately the protests began. We have seen much violence and some destruction. Even the St. Louis Rams got into the action when the Rams receivers all gave the now famous hands up gesture as they marched on the field prior to the Rams game yesterday. The gesture has become the sign of solidarity for those opposed to the Grand Jury decision. Continue reading
Here’s a great article for you to consider from The New Yorker:
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
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
Dear Fellow Federationists:
We wanted to share a video with you that supports our call for fair wages for workers with disabilities. We asked American workers at an event outside Johns Hopkins Hospital what they thought of the fact that Americans with disabilities can be paid less than the minimum wage. Their reactions are powerful. Continue reading
To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities,
NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. Students can apply for summer 2014 internships right this very minute! The deadline for submitting applications is Saturday, March 1, 2014, and we will begin extending offers to students as early as Thursday, January 16, 2014. Continue reading
As I travel the world and speak about Disabilities and Inclusion I am often asked if I think we are better off today than when I was born. “In some ways we are”, I state. “Technology, for example, has made our lives better, but the social acceptance of persons with disabilities has not progressed nearly as far as gender acceptance or racial inclusion.
If we ever needed proof of our lack of social acceptance by mainstream humanity, please read the following.
“National Federation of the Blind Comments on Belgian Euthanasia of Deaf Men Losing Sight”
Baltimore, Maryland (January 15, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the United States with over 50,000 members, including many deaf-blind individuals, commented today on the state-sanctioned death by lethal injection of deaf twins in Belgium. Upon learning that they were also going blind, the deaf twins sought and were granted euthanasia. Continue reading