Michael Answers Your Questions About Dogs… First Question Please?

“I love speaking to audiences because I get the opportunity to learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.  Part of my learning comes from the many questions I get asked during my speeches.  I love Q&A sessions and encourage them whenever possible from my event sponsors.

I have put together many of the most commonly asked questions I encounter in my travels.  These questions run from serious to whimsical, but everyone is important and every questions reflects the curiosity of lots of people.

My plan is to post a question  and my answer each day as long as I have a list of questions to work from.  If you have questions after reading any of my posts please pass them along and I will do my best to answer them over time.  Each week I will give a copy of “Running With Roselle” to one of the persons whose question I choose, so please send along your email address so I can get in touch should I use your question.

Ready?  Here we go with the first question.” Continue reading

Funds for First Timers to the NFB National Convention in 2014

Do you need a little extra cash to be able to attend the national convention in Orlando this summer?

The Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship Fund invites members of the National Federation of the Blind who have not been to a national convention before to make an application. The three largest expenses are round-trip travel costs, usually by plane; the room cost from arrival on July 1 to departure on July 7; and food costs when mostly eating in a hotel.  The fund will usually cover one of the three. To understand what the committee needs to know about you, read the article by me, Allen Harris, chairperson of the Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund, which is published in the March “Braille Monitor.” Here is a direct link to the article: Continue reading

National Federation of the Blind and H&R Block Announce Agreement Assuring Accessibility

National Federation of the Blind and H&R Block
Announce Agreement Assuring Accessibility

H&R Block Will Make Online Tax Prep and Mobile Apps Accessible

Boston, Massachusetts (March 25, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, and H&R Block, which prepares approximately one in seven tax returns in America, announced today that they have reached an agreement to make H&R Block’s Web site, online tax preparation products, and mobile applications fully accessible to blind taxpayers. Blind people access computers, Web sites, and mobile applications through screen access software that converts what is on the screen into spoken words or Braille, but improperly coded Web sites and applications can prevent this software from working properly, denying the blind user equal access. The agreement is contained in a consent decree ending litigation involving NFB, two of H&R Block’s subsidiaries, two blind Massachusetts residents, and the United States Department of Justice. The consent decree outlines steps that H&R Block will take to assure that its Web site, including the utility for preparing income tax returns, is accessible by January of 2015 and that its mobile applications are accessible by January of 2016. The agreement also contains measures to ensure that accessibility is maintained and that blind users and others with disabilities can provide feedback and receive assistance with accessibility issues. Continue reading

Blind Man to Drive Motorcycle at Thunder in the Valley Air Show


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

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Blind Man to Drive Motorcycle at Thunder in the Valley Air Show

Columbus, Georgia (March 11, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind today announced that one of its members, Dan Parker, an experienced racecar builder and driver who lost his sight as the result of a racing accident in 2012, will again independently operate a three-wheeled motorcycle with the help of a GPS system that gives him audible cues in order to help him maintain a straight course. Mr. Parker will drive his custom-built motorcycle on the runway as part of the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus, Georgia, this weekend. Continue reading

Service Dog Owners Still Hounded Despite Change In Law

Tony Gonzalez, The (Nashville) Tennessean 11:28 a.m. EST March 7, 2014


NASHVILLE — Tennessee law changed last year to make travel with service dogs easier – but if a law changes and few people know, has it really changed?

The new law aims to protect people with disabilities from having to show documentation about their disabilities or their service dogs when entering businesses. It’s a change that brought Tennessee in line with long-standing protections in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark
1990 federal law that gave equal standing in public accommodations to disabled people.

But some Tennesseans with disabilities continue to be asked for proof, forcing them to argue that the law is on their side. Attorneys at the Disability Law and Advocacy Center worry that not much has changed. Among the concerns still rolling in: a man with a service dog asked by staff to leave a funeral home; a woman with epilepsy told not to bring her dog to medical appointments. Continue reading