From BBC Ouch: Training to use a guide dog isn’t always a walk in the park.

This is a great podcast discussing the pros and cons to owning a guide dog. It is a HUGE decision that should be made after much research and making sure a guide dog is a good fit for both you, your family/loved ones and the animal.

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Pfizer: U.S. Expect Covid-19 Vaccine in June or July 2021

This December 8, 2020 Washinton Post article states Trump administration officials deny there will be availability issues, but others say problems are possible in the second quarter. “Pfizer, partnering with BioNTech, and Moderna have created promising vaccines that scientists hope will lead to more medical breakthroughs using mRNA. (Joshua Carroll, Brian Monroe/The Washington Post)”

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Living in a tunnel with Usher Syndrome by MollyWatt

MollyWatt is a #Deafblind lady who lives in the UK and this is one of the BEST simulations of what it is like to see life through a tunnel. Tunnel vision is also one of the hallmarks of Retinitis Pigmentosa (like I have). BUT, Usher syndrome also causes deafness, making life even more chellenging.

Molly Watt is one of the first people I found after I was diagnosed with RP. She probably doesn’t have any idea how much her videos, blog, social media posts, etc. have helped to educate me as well as COPE with my new diagnosis.
#blind #lowvision #ushersyndrome #advocacy #inclusion #accessibility #sensoryimpairment #blogging #disability

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How FAKE Service Animals HURT the Disabled/Blind Community as well as the Animal.

Look what my FeeBee got!!! She is now “officially” a service dog with FULL ACCESS TO ALL PUBLIC PLACES! Her…

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Accessibility: Can We Outlaw Grey Text on White Background?

Accessibility seems to be the “cause de jour” in the tech world these days with tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft pledging their commitment to Accessibility (making the internet more user-friendly for people with disabilities). As a visually impaired user and founder of a website created for the sole purpose of supporting those with visual impairments (LowVisionSupportGroup.com), I am hopeful and grateful that this issue has received so much attention. I do not want to rain on Facebook, Google nor Microsoft accessibility parade, but I urge anyone who wants to make the web more accessible to those with visual impairments take a step back and do some very simple fixes to their sites first. The first thing that could be done is to do away with grey or silver text on a white background. For people like me with visual impairments that impact our ability to see color, grey or silver text on a white background can make a site virtually useless. This seems like a very simple fix so I do not understand why grey or silver text on white seems to be the default color scheme of so many sites.

“Accessibility Teams” issuing glossy press releases touting their commitment to making the web more accessible. However, I feel like we are putting the cart before the horse, so to speak.

Features like voice over and designing sites to be more screen-reader friendly are all admirable and badly needed features for people like me who are losing their vision.

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