Accommodation

Communication & Imagination

Communication & Imagination

  Living with Ocular Albinism I’ve always tried to define the word accommodation?   My definition for accommodation recently changed.   I’m an Information Technology professional; naturally my definition of accommodation has revolved around technology.   Here are the solutions I’ve found to the problems I face with Ocular Albinism.   Light Sensitivity My irises are translucent so […]

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Support Systems

Support Systems

As the Beach Boys put it, “I Get Around!!”. It’s all about gettin around. If you’re blind, simply put, you need to be the easiest date at the prom. It’s all about logistics. Getting groceries, getting to the doctor, getting the kids, etc. It’s about getting things done. Your support system is everything. Without it […]

Driving

Driving

Not being able to drive was the most painful thing in my life.   For the first time in my life there was no way to pretend to be like everyone else no more illusions.  I am legally blind.   I was definitely different.  It didn’t matter how high functioning I was or wasn’t or how well […]

Downhill Skiing

Downhill Skiing

I love to downhill ski.   I grew up in Calgary forty five minutes from Banff and some of the best skiing in the world.     I learned to ski in Calgary at PaskaPoo renamed Canada Olympic Park for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.   Anyway when I was learning to ski we called it Poo Glacier as […]

Support Systems

Support Systems

As the Beach Boys put it, “I Get Around!!”. It’s all about gettin around. If you’re blind, simply put, you need to be the easiest date at the prom. It’s all about logistics. Getting groceries, getting to the doctor, getting the kids, etc. It’s about getting things done. Your support system is everything. Without it […]

I Should Have Known

I Should Have Known

I connected with a cousin of mine the other day. During the conversation of catching up we touching on my disability. She knew I was blind, but not what that meant or what it was called. I should have known. I’ve spent so much time lately being angry and frustrated at my family of origin […]

When is Enough, Enough?

When is Enough, Enough?

When is enough, enough? Recently, I wrote about my intolerance for intolerance and my new approach of working in the context of three strikes before writing off someone, a group, or an organization, or employer. I recently worked in a health care organization from January this year to early August this year. My tenure should […]

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!!!

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!!!

  I regularly receive the comment, “I didn’t know you were blind!” I am what they call “high functioning”, which has always pissed me off. High functioning is a fancy way of saying I’m not blind, or I’m not blind enough. Lets stick purely with the facts, I am blind; yes I still have some […]

Pics

Pics

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On the following pages you’l have access to a large portfolio of photos. On the one had you’ll see me up to all kinds of things getting into all kinds of mischief. On the other hand you’ll see the pictures I’ve taken from places […]

Making a Living

Making a Living

Its very difficult making a living as a blind person. The most stress I’ve ever had in my life was when I was married, for the first time, and I was the only bread winner. I couldn’t get my x-wife to work for nothing. Supporting four mouths was a ton of pressure. In the workplace […]

Poverty, Disability

Poverty, Disability

I was hypothesizing about growing up in poverty, disabled, blind. I grew up in Canada. Generally the poverty levels here are better than in other parts of the world but indeed poverty exists here as well. I’ve done some reading and research and have had several conversations about poverty. I am no expert on poverty. […]

Erotica

Erotica

Not a topic I’ve talked about yet, “Sex”. We’’ll yes as far as I know and from my own experience yes Blind People have sex, and like it, occasionally love it and “NO” I didn’t go blind from inappropriately touching myself. I’m not going to comment on the dark side of sexuality and pornography. Other […]

Technical Accommodation

Technical Accommodation

I’m struggling with the issue of technical accommodation, who’s responsibility is it, who pays, and who gets to keep the gear?. As a disabled person there are pieces of technology that make many things in my day and my personal and professional life possible. I’m going to publish a picture of myself showing the technology […]

Kindled

Kindled

I love reading. Did I say I love reading, most of my life I’ve been an avid reader. I’ve read until my eye’s have bled. Nothing like your imagination and a good story to take you anywhere or anyplace in time and space. As I’ve aged I’ve lost the ability and the energy to read […]

Getting Out The Door

Getting Out The Door

You might not know it to look at me but I am utilizing six things to accommodate me and my disability. There are six things I use just to get out the door and walk down the street. Lets start at the top and work our way down. Tilley Hat Part of my disability is […]

Is Your Cowboy Hat Too Tight

Is Your Cowboy Hat Too Tight

I’ve been picking on Calgary in my writing recently, its hard returning home to find that home is no longer home and discover how much you’ve changed as well. I’m no longer a Calgarian but I am a Calgarian in the best sense of the word, I am friendly and helpful. There used to be […]

Tenure

Tenure

I’m doing some writing for a group that focuses on youth employment. I knew it was bad out there with the economy but this group, young people, are getting hit particularly hard. A bit of hope is that the information technology “IT” industry is needing people. Not in traditional IT roles, not hidden away in […]

Assaulted on Calgary Transit 301

Assaulted on Calgary Transit 301

I live in the very far north part of Calgary, it takes me two buses to get from my home to work in downtown Calgary. The shuttle bus I use is bad enough the Route 420 is served generally only once an hour and the size of the bus used on the route variable on […]

Thank you Steve Jobs & Apple

Thank you Steve Jobs & Apple

Sir Steve, thank you for the wonderful products, I love the approach Apple is taking with accessibility. I love that accessibility is there when I want it and I can put it away when I don’t need it. Dynamic contextual based accessibility enables me so much more than the typical all or nothing approach. I […]

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

  When do you stop advocating and just walk away.    How stupid can people be?   Free advice never ask questions you don’t want answers for.  People will amaze you both positively and negatively.   God has a mischievous sense of humor so never ask how can this get any worse.  God will show you.   […]

Collage / College

Collage / College

College / Collage After 46 years I am proud to say that today I learned how to spell the word College correctly. No longer are my colleges collages of experiences but now colleges of learning. Letters remain a mystery to me no matter how big they are some of them are really hard to see. […]

Priority Seating

Priority Seating

  As you’ve read and heard me bitching and moaning its been hard for me coming back to Canada from the United State, the US is really the world leader in disability awareness. I’ve noticed that my experience personally varies significantly geographically with my more positive experiences happening in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver and my […]

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

  I’ve taken up snowshoeing. Its hard to get the exercise you need when you don’t drive. The gym is a logistical nightmare unless it is very close to where you work or you live. Making a trip to the gym adds significantly to your trip times if the gym is out of the way, […]