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Tribeca Film Festival and Disability Film

April 28, 2006
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Four documentaries on the Iraq War and its aftermath are playing at the fifth annual Tribeca film festival, which was founded in the wake of 9/11 to help revive Lower Manhattan and promote the film industry in New York.I just want to put a few comments in about a couple of them: “Home Front,”...
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Why Disabled People Make Me Cringe and Other Stories

February 10, 2006
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/columnists/damon/020206.shtml I couldn’t resist the above article. It is a constant source of interest and embarrassment – when some other blind or disabled person does something stupid and it is attributed to the disability. And then the assumption is that all disabled folk are “like that guy.” Like Damon says in his article it...
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When Disability Comes in Handy

January 25, 2006
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/columnists/damon/250106.shtmlThe above article is really interesting in that it discusses something I think that a number of the blind population take advantage of every now and then. I have to admit the latter part of the article wasn’t quite as interesting as the beginning and the antics used by Damon to cut the queue....
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“Blind” is bad?

December 21, 2005
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I found a very interesting article from the November issue of the Ragged Edge Magazine at: http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/blogs/edgecentric/archives/2005/11/the_bad_blind.html The author did a basic Internet search on the word “blind.”  What was fascinating to me and also the author was the prevalence of the use of the word “blind” to intimate something bad. Not just bad...
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“Vexatious Litigants” and the ADA

December 15, 2005
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Just musing over a couple of articles about Jarek Molski. Jarek Molski is a paraplegic who has become rather famous, or infamous, as the case may be for filing law suits against businesses for violations of the ADA. To date, I think he has filed more than 400 lawsuits against businesses all over California...
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How Easy to Forget Even the Famous Disabled

November 18, 2005
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I found an article the other day from Haaretz.com about an Israeli university and its ban on students with disabilities.http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=647205&contrassID=2&subContrassID=4&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y Just as a snippet: “Alia Abu al-Khof wants to be a teacher. But when she applied to study toward her undergraduate degree at Tel Hai College, she found out that it does not accept...
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People with Disabilities Film Festival

November 11, 2005
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This article about the UK Disability Film Festival caught my eye. It looked really interesting. What I wondered was I wonder how many of the films actually make it into regular film festivals? How many disability-related films are accepted as part of the mainstream film and movie industry?  The only film that I recognized...
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Docent Training at USHMM

October 6, 2005
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Today I got the opportunity to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I had met with the staffer who helps to train docents for the Guided Highlights Tour. One of the things she encouranges is to have actual people with disabilities visit the trainees and do a “walk-through” of the tour to give the...
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New York Times Magazine Article

September 29, 2005
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Wow. The New York Times Magazine had an article that was published on September 25th. The content of the article has gone through the blind and visually impaired community like wildfire. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/25/magazine/25food.html?oref=login Is the URL and it is called Eat, Memory: Line of Sight The article involves the owner/manager/head chef of a restaurant who...
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