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As a resident of New York’s Upper East Side, I was very surprised to read Monday’s article on DNAInfo.com about local opposition to the installation of audible signals for the blind at Upper East Side street corners. While the article, also on Gothamist, pushes unflattering local stereotypes about my neighborhood, and the New York Post’s article is littered with awful puns, the more relevant discussion is why anyone here on the Upper East Side would be bothered about noise at traffic intersections.

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This week, I came across two articles on my feed that illustrated the friction between two overlapping approaches in the disability market: protecting people with disabilities by law, and encouraging people with disabilities to be independent and work for themselves.

Read More Blind Entrepreneurs: Should Their Businesses Be Protected by Law?

Yesterday, I posted an article on my blog about software which tracks an user’s eyes as they look at websites on a computer browser. Incredible as it may seem, the capability of a webcam to track eye movements may have gotten cheaper and more widely available. Earlier this week, Lenovo, a leading PC computer maker, debuted a laptop prototype that gives users the ability to control the computer with his or her eyes.

Read More Eye Tracking, Revisited

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

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