The Honeywell T5+ is something I have wanted for a long time: a thermostat I can control independently. So far, I’m very happy with it.
I have student loans to pay back from law school. Recently, my loans were, without my knowledge, transferred to a new provider. When I went to create an account with the new provider, I discovered their website has a major accessibility issue. During the account creation process, you must elect an image as a part of their security features. There was no way for me to tell what the different images showed or for me to select an image. Unable to select an image, I was unable to create an account. Unable to create an account, I can’t make payments toward my loan.
The Perkins School for the Blind is out with a survey that attempts to figure out how Americans feel about blindness. America’s Blind Spot surveyed a thousand Americans from different segments of the population, different generations, and geographic regions of the country. I’m writing this post because my experience confirms many of the survey’s unfortunate findings.
Many people without disabilities feel the need to comment that people with disabilities aren’t more included in society because we don’t show up enough. This ableist, uninformed argument demonstrates how little many people without disabilities understand life for those of us with disabilities. You have no idea how badly I wish it was as simple as showing up more often.
I have a cold, fever, and sore throat. So, this will be a quick update.
While I believe the thoughts expressed in this post apply to many blind people and people with other disabilities, I’m only speaking for me. I recognize others have different feelings about what I’m about to say, and I’m totally fine with that.
Yesterday, mom, Eve, and I went to The Oregon State Fair. It was my first time attending the fair. I’m looking forward to going again. I feel like there was more I would have done.
In a two recent personal updates, I mentioned online dating. Here is a summary of my experience. Before getting into the details, though, I want to make two things clear: while my experiences with online dating have sometimes been hurtful and sucky–I know they have taught me valuable lessons;I recently began online dating again, because I know I’m going to find the woman I’m seeking. I don’t know if I’ll find her online. I’m certain I’ll find her though. Yeah, there’s one more thing I should make clear: online dating has also shown me areas of personal weakness that needed work. In the interest of transparency, I will address those too. I never claimed perfection. I promised a willingness to keep growing–even if growing means accepting difficult truths and working to fix them. I can’t ask you to confront your stereotypes if I won’t confront mine.
The big personal news is that I’m on vacation this week. While I, for the most part, enjoy my job, I’m really glad to have this vacation. Since I like summer so much, I would have preferred warmer weather than I’m going to have. Still, I’m making the most of and enjoying the time off.