Voice, Sign, Type: The Lively Communication Dance

My friend Treshelle Edmond is a Deaf actress and phenomenal communicator. We met up after her performance in “Children of a Lesser God,” now playing on Broadway. The play spotlights Deaf culture, and many Deaf actors, directors, and community members contributed to the show’s success. Treshelle introduced me to her friends. One after another, each [...]

2018-05-15T00:01:57-07:00May 15th, 2018|

Maxine, the sweetest, smartest, sneakiest Seeing Eye Dog

Maxine, the sweetest, smartest, sneakiest Seeing Eye Dog died on Monday April 16, 2018. Maxine loved wearing her harness and going on adventures. If I wanted to walk with her, though, I had to earn that right. In our first week together she crashed me into planters, chairs, and even stairs. “It takes time to [...]

2018-05-15T00:11:18-07:00April 17th, 2018|

The Helen Keller Achievement Award

On April 4, the American Foundation for the Blind presented me with the Helen Keller Achievement Award! Helen Keller has had a huge influence on my life — her books, her advocacy, and especially her incredible spirit. Receiving this award is a tremendous honor. I’m determined to devote my life to advocacy, just like Helen. [...]

2018-04-07T00:01:13-07:00April 6th, 2018|

Houston, Prepare for Astronauts with Disabilities

Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station. During one critical spacewalk, floating anti-fog got into Hadfield’s eyes, making him temporarily blind. Later, in his TED talk, Hadfield described his thought process: “Okay, I can't see, but I can hear, I can talk, Scott Parazynski is out here [...]

2017-10-08T23:38:22-07:00October 8th, 2017|

People with Disabilities Drive Innovation

Unbeknown to most employers, people with disabilities sparked the creation of many of the technologies we use today. Through my work as a disability rights lawyer, and my personal experiences as a deafblind woman, I have spent a significant amount of time studying the disability experience. The biggest barriers in the workplace are architectural, digital [...]

2017-09-13T16:26:38-07:00September 13th, 2017|

Maxine Makes the Cover of the ABA Journal!

Maxine, the  little legal rebel, is on the cover of the ABA Journal! It's America’s leading legal affairs magazine. ABA journalist Stephanie Ward wrote this wonderful article about my disability rights work. Image Description: Maxine, a German Shepherd guide dog, sits front and center. Around her neck is an orange bandana that says, “Legal Rebel.” [...]

2017-08-28T23:36:42-07:00August 28th, 2017|

Videos: Black Girls Rock Making A Difference Award

BET and Black Girls Rock produced an amazing video celebrating my disability rights work. If you missed it on TV yesterday, you can watch it here. Also, here’s the video of actress Rutina Wesley honoring me with the Making A Difference Award. This award would not be possible without an incredible community of family and [...]

2017-08-23T23:50:10-07:00August 23rd, 2017|

Excited to be on the Black Girls Rock Awards Show

I'm excited to announce that I will be on the Black Girls Rock Awards Show. Black Girls Rock is honoring me for Making A Difference. Solange, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Issa Rae, Roberta Flack, Yara Shahidi, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, and many other amazing women will be celebrated. Tune in to BET, the Black Entertainment Television [...]

2017-08-19T22:10:35-07:00August 19th, 2017|

Calming Fears & Sparking Connections with the Abilities We Have

My deafblindness can be isolating, so I actively develop ways to connect with people. One solution is to offer people a keyboard paired with my braille computer, and as they type I’m able to easily read their words in braille. But what if a person who wants to talk to me has dyslexia? During the [...]

2017-08-14T22:03:16-07:00August 14th, 2017|

An Interview with CJ Jones, the Deaf Actor in the Hot New Movie ‘Baby Driver’

I was excited to learn that the Deaf character in the summer hit Baby Driver is actually played by a Deaf actor. This may signal a positive shift in Hollywood.  Historically, most of the disabled characters in films were played by non-disabled actors, and a study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that 95% of [...]

2017-07-18T11:28:09-07:00July 16th, 2017|