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Following up on everyone’s feedback and my response, I would like to add further clarity and color to my original article on Braille and employment. Born profoundly deaf, I often swam against the tide of popular opinion about deaf and hard-of-hearing people, just as successful non-Braille users did in swimming against the tide of popular…

Read More Let Your Fingers Do The Hiring: Part 2

Last week, I wrote an article about Braille, the blind, and unemployment, titled, “Let Your Fingers Do the Hiring: Blind People and Employment.” With one exception to date, blind people I reached out to, or who posted comments on my blog, were positive in their praise of my article. My followup post is in response…

Read More Let Your Fingers Do The Hiring: Responding to Your Comments

Earlier this week, I wrote here about the high U.S. unemployment rate among people with disabilities (PwDs) and spelled out some reasons — obvious and not so obvious — for the gap between this rate and the general U.S. unemployment rate. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate for PwDs in April.…

Read More April Unemployment Rate for People with Disabilities: 15.2%

In the disability world, there is often a difference of opinion on whether it is more appropriate to enroll a disabled child in a school specifically geared toward him or her, or to mainstream the child with non-disabled children in the general educational system. The decision on how to enroll a disabled child has major…

Read More Let Your Fingers Do the Hiring: Blind People and Employment

Over the last three years, the Great Recession has been a major news topic in the United States, with the unemployment rate now running at nearly 10%. For people with disabilities (PwDs), unemployment has been a bigger story, with almost 14% of the PwD work force off the payrolls, according to March 2010 data compiled…

Read More Wanted: More People with Disabilities in the Workforce

Hilari Scarl’s See What I’m Saying is an exciting, funny, emotional and ultimately worthy addition to the rich compendium of films chronicling the deaf experience.  Providing its own unique spin on the deaf film genre, the documentary explores the desire to strike it big on the stage from the perspective of a drummer, actor, comic…

Read More Abledbody.com: Deaf Entertainers Documentary Hits All the Right Notes

For four years, I have lived within three blocks of two major movie theaters on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, yet, as a deaf person, I have never gone to a movie in these theaters because they do not use captioning systems. Consequently, my wife and I are forced to go across town to…

Read More Abledbody.com: iPhone App Delivers Movie Captions On The Go

As a voracious reader of books, I read many different genres. However, I like straightforward plotlines, chapters with a clear structure and a logical progression of an idea or story. For those reasons, it took time for me to digest, figure out and ultimately, understand, DisabilityLand, Alan Brightman’s well-written book about people with disabilities. To…

Read More Abledbody.com: Alan Brightman’s Disability Wonderland

On February 25, 2010, in an ongoing response to the November arrests of 26 Video Relay Services (VRS) executives and employees for defrauding the United States Government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling regarding its VRS program. While most of the policy declarations were non-controversial, one policy statement that prohibits VRS companies…

Read More Video Relay Services: Removing the Profit Incentive Of Hiring a Deaf Employee – And Keeping That Employee

UPDATE (4:15 pm ET): I have communicated with Barbara Otto at Health & Disability Advocates and she assured me that all of the “Think Beyond The Label” campaign’s TV ads and other videos, including those on YouTube, are closed-captioned. She has communicated with CNN and all other media outlets to ensure that future airings of…

Read More Think Beyond The Label…Not? (UPDATE: TV ads ARE Captioned & Campaign has followed up with CNN.)