How Can I Help?

What’s on your mind? I’d like to help…

I hope this message finds you all well and thriving. So here we are during what must be the worst kind of crisis our country and perhaps our entire world has ever faced. The Covid-19 virus has hit our bodies and it has affected our spirits as well, or has it? Whether or not your body has contracted the virus, your spirit and mental attitude is, as with September 11 or any other unexpected change, under your control. You and only you can decide how the Corona Virus and what is going on around you will influence your outlook and actions. As with the time after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I have one overriding concept to share. “DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN’T CONTROL. ONLY FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN AFFECT AND THE REST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.”

People will come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons for worry while not focusing enough on what they really can influence. People will decide, for example, to trust, or not trust, our state, local and federal governments’ decisions on how to handle this crisis and certainly many will not trust our elected officials or at least they will stress over what our government representatives are saying. I submit that all that stress and fear will only paralyze them and not permit them to think and take clear actions on their own behalf.

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Aira Three Million Minute Milestone Celebration – March Madness

Dear Friends & Family of Aira,

michael hingson wearing Aira glasses

In celebration of our three million-minute milestone, we’re running a promotion where you can get three months of Aira absolutely free. This is an exclusive offer for new users, and Friends & Family of Aira (that’s you!). Sign up for the Intro Plan today, pay for the first month, and we’ll cover the cost of the next three consecutive months.

That’s $29 for four months of on-demand access to our certified agents.

To sign up using this promo, call our toll free number at 1-800-835-1934 and make sure you mention “March Madness”. But you better be quick, we’re only running this offer until March 31, 2019! This offer is only valid if you have a free Aira account and have never paid for a monthly plan before.

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Blind Americans Protest Refusal of Entertainment Industry to Cast Them

Baltimore, Maryland (March 12, 2019): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind Americans, issued the following statement today from its President, Mark Riccobono, regarding the portrayal of blind characters and specifically the forthcoming CW television series “In the Dark”:

“The entertainment industry has produced dozens of movies and TV shows portraying blind characters, usually offensively or inaccurately, and not even one of them has featured a blind actor in a recurring lead role. If blind people are included, they play supporting roles, and sometimes there is a single blind writer or consultant. If organizations like the National Federation of the Blind are consulted at all, the consultation occurs after production, and the producers seek validation rather than collaboration. The forthcoming midseason replacement series ‘In the Dark’ is no different. Its producers sought to justify their exclusion of a blind actor from the leading role in a session full of excuses at a recent conference.

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It’s Louis Braille Birthday Today!

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Louis Braille Birthday

HAPPY JANUARY 4th! Today represents the birth of one of the most amazing and monumental inventors in modern history. The invention of this individual single-handedly has made a positive difference in the lives of tens of millions of people around the world.

You are probably wondering, who is this guy talking about? I can’t think of anybody famous born this day. Whether you know who I’m talking about or not, today really is an important, life-changing day for many people.

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Blindness Does Not Hold Me Back.


We celebrated National White Cane day on October 15th. Generally, the white cane has become the symbol we use to celebrate our independence and our acceptance that blindness is only a nuisance and characteristic, but not an obstacle in of itself. In reality, both the white cane and guide dog represent the same things. They give us a vehicle to help us travel and function independently in the world. 

Sighted people have their own mechanisms to “help them” although they do not acknowledge them as devices of reasonable accommodation and help. Just challenge a sighted person to travel around a building at night with no available light and see how well they do. The electric light invented by Thomas Edison and others is nothing but a reasonable accommodation for light dependent people.  Continue reading