America’s Attitudes About Blindness

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.

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I’m Leaving Facebook

This is the 300th post I have made to this blog. It’s kind of a cool milestone for me. So, I felt like acknowledging it here.

I used to believe there was a responsible way to use Facebook. As long as you didn’t like any business pages, share anything from a business, or click on adds, my theory was you were relatively safe. The recent disclosure that Facebook shared private messages with Netflix and /Spotify is a game changer.

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My 2018

I’m a little late with this, but it’s time to recap my 2018. On the whole, 2018 was a great year for me. I left 2018 feeling as good about the future as I can remember.

This year in review will have two main sections:

  • Accomplishments
  • Things that Didn’t go as Planned

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A Scare with Emma

For a long time, Emma has been gaining weight. Even though she has always been lazy, I have been thinking her unwillingness to move has been getting worse. We have had her for more than four years, and we don’t have any idea of her age. Given that she had puppies before showing up in Mom’s yard, it’s likely Emma’s reasonably old. But today was scary.

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I Can’t Just Show up

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.

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Why I am Thankful

This Thanksgiving finds me with more to be thankful for than ever. So, I thought I would make a list of those things that find me feeling more thankful, hopeful, and optimistic than I have ever felt on Thanksgiving.

The below list is not by any means a ranking. It’s simply the order things came to mind.

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