November 18, 2013: Disability Legislation

I usually am not much for legislation or politics. However, I am very grateful for legislation that helps individuals with disabilities obtain equal access and gives them the supports to help them live independently and gain/maintain employment, as well as be protected against discrimination. (That doesn’t mean it doesn’t still happen but they are protected and legal action can be taken). As a guide dog user, I have found myself even more happy about this legislation than ever before. I am very thankful that we, as American citizens, have these protections because I am learning how many countries do not have these programs and laws to serve individuals with disabilities.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

3 thoughts on “November 18, 2013: Disability Legislation”

  1. I think because I know you and you’re spreading awareness, I’ve become more aware of all the things that help people with disabilities become more independent. Like when I was riding the bus the other day, I realized that the reason there is an announcement for something like “approching X and Y” when we approach a certain intersection may be to help orient people. Before, I either ignored it or wondered why that always played. But that is a guess. If that’s not right, then yeah…

    But I’ve also noticed people who use sign language or are using a cane.

    One question I have, though, is if Braille is used less, is it still possible to read signs/room numbers? I know for the bathroom, at least when I was little, I remember seeing the Braille there and thinking it was super awesome! But I can’t remember how prevalent it still is, now that I think about it, especially since I remember you saying that it is a dying language, of sorts.

    Anyway, thanks for always answering my questions! (And bearing with me when I end up rambling and end up with a question that came out of my typing out my thoughts.)

    1. GOOD FOR YOU! 🙂 Yes ma’am – it is required by law that buses announce the stops and most places now have visual signs now too for people with hearing loss. That may be required but I don’t think so. 🙂

      I’m glad you’re aware of people with disabilities when they’re out – but in a positive way. 🙂

      Most places (public places, at least) still have that Braille, we just don’t notice it. However, if I know a few places that haven’t had braille but they have had raised numbers that friends have used to be able to tell what room number it is. And I want to clarify, Braille isn’t exactly a dying language – there are many who still use it but most everybody I know that is visually impaired uses audio and other forms instead of Braille.. but I guess most people I know are partially sighted or were at one point. This might be totally different for the population that was blind at birth – haven’t figured that out yet about our generation.

      Haha. You’re so cute and funny. Always love to talk to you, even if it’s through WordPress. 🙂

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