Archive for the “blindness” Category

The right dog at the right time

April 21, 20178 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Dora, guide dogs, Hanni, Harper, public speaking, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, visiting schools, Whitney

Just got back from Champaign, Illinois — I gave a presentation to an Animal Sciences class at the University of Illinois yesterday. I speak to this class once a semester, and this time I spent a fair amount of the hour going over some of the qualifications necessary to become a guide dog instructor. Most […]

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When’s the last time someone asked you to keep talking?

April 16, 20176 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Mike Knezovich, writing

My next book Writing Out Loud will be out by early May. I’d cross my fingers for good luck on that statement if they weren’t already occupied – I’m still busy typing last-minute revisions and rewrites! Here’s an excerpt from the publisher’s description–it’s straight from the Books by Beth Finke page: Writing Out Loud: What […]

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Something Fishy: a panel discussion at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

April 1, 20175 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Whitney

A couple days ago I sat on a panel at Chicago Shedd Aquarium with a theater director, a mother of three school-aged children, and a lawyer. Theater director Brian Balcom uses a wheelchair, one of Laurie Viets’ children is on the autism spectrum, attorney Rachel Arfa is profoundly deaf and uses bilateral cochlear implants to […]

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What a Feeling: winning an award for writing

March 29, 201710 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind

Some writers in the Memoir-writing classes I lead have had their memoirs published, but none has ever won an award (with a cash prize, no less!) for their writing…until now. A poem Andrea Kelton wrote has been awarded a cash prize for Second-Place in the Magnets and Ladders poetry contest! Andrea’s poem What a Feeling will […]

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A blind theatregoer is suing Hamilton — think that’s reasonable?

March 18, 201710 CommentsPosted in blindness, technology for people who are blind

An NPR story this past week reported that a theatregoer who is blind is suing the producers and the theater that’s offering the hit musical “Hamilton” in New York City because they are not offering headsets with live audio description for theater-goers who are blind or have visual impairments. You regular blog readers know that […]

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