My braille computer died. It’s more difficult than you think

After eleven years of tapping words into my fingertips and helping me have conversations with people around the world, my braille computer has died. They no longer make this machine, so this is truly farewell. RIP, BrailleNote Apex. I’m planning to send it to the Obama Foundation’s museum. As for me, I’m dealing with the […]

2021-08-08T21:59:16-07:00August 8th, 2021|

A Gift from Stephen Curry and a Lesson on Braille

Stephen Curry sent me a card! And a hoodie! I’m thrilled my book, Haben The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, is in your book club! Thank you, Stephen! Can we also talk about sending a blind author a card without braille?

In the photo I’m holding a card that says, “Haben – We are honored to […]

2021-07-01T13:47:06-07:00July 1st, 2021|

Avoid AccessiBe & other companies claiming quick & easy AI accessibility

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is May 20th, and throughout the month accessibility advocates will be introducing more people to inclusive design. If you are new to digital accessibility, beware of companies claiming to provide quick and easy automated accessibility “solutions.” An alarming number of companies, nonprofits, and government agencies have fallen for this. Millions of […]

2021-05-15T23:33:38-07:00May 5th, 2021|

Oscar-nominated Feeling Through has a Deafblind Character. It also has Ableist and Racist Messages.

I normally don’t follow the Oscars, but this year’s nominations include a short film with a Deafblind character. Depictions of underrepresented groups in movies influence how the mainstream public treats us. Feeling Through features a Black teen taking advantage of a Deafblind man, perpetuating the dangerous “Black criminals” stereotype.

The portrayal of deafblindness also advances […]

2021-04-25T13:54:22-07:00April 20th, 2021|