Archive for the “Braille” Category

A funny thing happened at my sister Bev’s book club

September 20, 201710 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, memoir writing, technology for people who are blind, travel

It all started in Grand Haven, Michigan Tuesday evening. Poolside cocktails (Bev had rented their community clubhouse for the event), dinner inside afterwards, dessert, my short talk, a Q & A, a writing exercise, and then, big finish: I showed them how I manage to read excerpts of Writing Out Loud at book events without […]

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If you're blind, are you still able to cry?

January 11, 201723 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, questions kids ask, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Writing for Children

My Seeing Eye dog Whitney usually leads me to Chicago’s Union Station to catch rides to the suburbs to visit schools, but when a friend from our Hackney’s days offered to drive us to Kindi Academy, a Montessori school in Lisle, Ill., yesterday I jumped at the chance. It was raining in Chicago yesterday, and […]

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Not ashamed to say it: I'd rather be able to see

August 19, 201616 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, politics, Seeing Eye dogs, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized

Roughly one in five Americans lives with a disability. So where is our pride movement? That’s the subhead to an op-ed piece called Becoming Disabled in the New York Times Sunday Review this week. The piece was written by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, an academic who has a disability. The piece is well-written and looooooooooong — Professor Garland-Thomson […]

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Bennett, the Brailliant, and my visit to Tess Corners Elementary in Wisconsin

April 27, 201616 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, careers/jobs for people who are blind, parenting a child with special needs, questions kids ask, technology for people who are blind, travel, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Writing for Children

Last week my Seeing Eye dog and I met a second-grader I’ve been hearing about for years. Bennett is a student at Tess Corners Elementary School in Wisconsin, and Whitney and I spent the entire day at his school Friday. I first heard of Bennett back in 2013, when his mom wrote to tell me […]

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Stevie Wonder gets the last laugh

February 17, 201612 CommentsPosted in blindness, Braille, careers/jobs for people who are blind, technology for people who are blind, Uncategorized

I didn’t see the broadcast of the Grammy Awards on TV Monday. I heard it. And that means I got to hear Stevie Wonder sing the lead to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World” in memory of the band’s co-founder Maurice White. And as if that wasn’t enough, I also got […]

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