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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Hamilton County, Tenessee’s Public Health: Incompetent or Corrupt?

Health officials in Tennessee turned away elderly people waiting for hours to get a vaccine and gave it to friends instead: report

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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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PFIZER Vaccine Has FULL FDA Approval! It’s now up to US: Will humanity eradicate COVID, or will COVID eradicate humanity?

The Delta variant has robbed us of our choice to vaccinate or not vaccinate*. Now, our choice is: will humanity eradicate COVID, or will COVID eradicate humanity? Let us NOT be known as the generation that ignored history only to repeat it. 

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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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Forever Falling

I have a long history of falling. I’m not talking about anything romantic like falling in love (I already did that: happily married 30+ years). I’m talking about actually physically falling. I’ve fallen everywhere you can imagine; I’ve even fallen UP the stairs! By 2012, the falls had become a real problem, causing more and more damage and occurring at an increased frequency. The falls were one reason I went to places like Stanford and Mayo for evaluations. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with RP in 2012 that the falls finally made sense. It was actually a silver lining to the diagnosis for me. I reasoned that after I got some Orientation and Mobility training, improved my knowledge of things around me, etc., that the falls would STOP.

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