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Meet Blindness Tech Pioneer Dean Blazie
On this episode, Anil and Chris talk with Dean Blazie, who has been working with blind people to develop technology we can use since the 1960s. They discuss how dean got involved in working with blind people through his relationship with Tim Cranmer; how initial ideas they worked on developed into products for blind people; and the origins of the Braille’n’Speak, the pioneering Braille notetaker that took the blind community by storm in the late 1980s and paved the way for similar devices in use today.
November 10, 2020 – The Continued Fight for Fair Wages
On this episode, Anil and Melissa talk with Stephanie Flynt, government program specialist for the National Federation of the Blind. They discuss the continued momentum to eliminate the practice of paying workers with disabilities subminimum wages, including recent reports from the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the National Council on Disability. They also talk about why there is continued resistance to phasing out this practice and what can be done to better educate lawmakers, families of people with disabilities, and the general public.
September 29, 2020 – Use Your Power at the Polls
In this episode, Anil and Melissa talk with Lou Ann Blake, the NFB’s Help America Vote Act project coordinator, about the November 3 election and how blind people can cast our votes. They discuss what the law says about the rights of blind voters, different ways we can vote accessibly, and what the NFB is doing to ensure that more blind voters can cast our ballots privately and independently. They urge everyone to vote and to take our forthcoming voting survey so we can learn how jurisdictions are doing in protecting the rights of blind voters. Watch our video "The Blind Voter Experience" to learn about your rights under federal law and how to exercise them. Also, take a look at our voting resources page.
July 23, 2020 – Learning Together in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 2 of 2)
This episode of the Nation’s Blind Podcast is the second of two episodes featuring a conversation about the joys and challenges of having children learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Guillory, director of youth services at the Louisiana Center for the Blind and father of two, and Angela Wolf, teacher at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and mother of two, discuss the mental and emotional challenges of children being constantly at home during the pandemic and strategies for coping with them, as well as how to successfully work with school officials and others to make sure children’s educational and social needs are being met.
July 2, 2020 – Learning Together in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 1 of 2)
This episode of the Nation’s Blind Podcast is the first of two episodes featuring a conversation about the joys and challenges of having children learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Eric Guillory, director of youth services at the Louisiana Center for the Blind and father of two, and Angela Wolf, teacher at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and mother of two, discuss scheduling and enforcing instructional time and creating “teachable moments” unique to learning at home.
May 13, 2020 – Behind the Scenes of Presidential Release Live
In this episode, Anil and Melissa have a conversation with President Riccobono, who takes us behind the scenes of the presidential release live. They discuss the history and purpose of the presidential release, why President Riccobono decided to take it in a new direction during the coronavirus pandemic, the success of the new format in bringing our community together, and how the presidential release and other Federation activities might continue to evolve because of what we are learning in this interesting time.