Historically, people with autism were usually excluded from society, and even today this is an unfortunate fact of life in different cultures around the world. “Wretches & Jabberers,” a film by Gerardine Wurzburg about two autistic men traveling to different countries, challenges long-standing assumptions people harbor about autistic people in general. In this…Read More To Caption Or Not To Caption A Movie About Autism?
When we are in a hospital, we look to doctors to heal us, and nurses to keep us comfortable. Whatever condition we have that lands us in the hospital is always something that disables us, temporarily or permanently, and makes it challenging for us to live the life we take for granted. So, we trust…Read More Doctors With Disabilities
After passing in the Senate last week, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which will improve access to mobile content for the deaf and blind communities, will soon become law. This means deaf consumers can now watch closed-captioned shows and movies on the Web on their PC or mobile devices. Before, closed-captions were…Read More Abledbody.com: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
Some of you probably wondered where I have been since early July. This blog is still alive and well. It was on hiatus while I focused on other projects over the summer. I will be back soon with some new writeups. Thank you for your patience.Read More Back from Hiatus
During the first half of the 17th century, Europe was ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War, which pitted not only Protestants against Catholics, but also Bourbons against Habsburgs, and other religious and secular powers against one another. One of the major consequences of this war, which destroyed entire regions of present-day Germany and other parts…Read More Hotel des Invalides
Yesterday in Paris, my wife and I visited the Pantheon and, quite unexpectedly, came across the tomb of Louis Braille, the inventor of the eponymous system used by blind and visually impaired people to read and write. In the crypt of the Pantheon, carved into the wall beside each tomb is the name of the…Read More In The Company of Voltaire, Hugo and Dumas
PossAbilities, a blog maintained by Susan Kleiman of Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel, wrote about my work at this link. Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel is a company that develops and markets apparel items for people with disabilities. You can find out more about Ross Daniel at http://rdadaptiveapparel.com.Read More PossAbilities Blog profiles my work
One night, as a young kid learning about the deafness I was born with, I asked my mother how I became deaf. She explained that she got German measles when she was pregnant with me. Confused, I went to the World Book Encyclopedia in the family’s living room to look up the term “German measles.”…Read More Is It Better To Call Someone “Stupid”?
On Saturday, May 15, the State University of New York in Orange County (SUNY Orange) hosted its first annual Hudson Valley Assistive Technology Expo. Over 60 exhibits and vendors advertised their services and products. Headlining the expo was a keynote speech by Dr. Nancy Sulla of IDECORP (an expert on Universal Design for Learning), special screenings…Read More Abledbody.com: SUNY-Orange’s Assistive Technology Expo
Last month, I wrote here on abledbody.com about a new captioning application for the iPhone, called Subtitles, that lets deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers follow the dialogue of almost any movie in any movie theater in the nation. Earlier this week, Dan Walker was notified by Apple that his app violated movie studio copyrights relating to…Read More Abledbody.com: iPhone Movie Captioning App To Be Shelved?