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Planet of the Blind



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Updated: 2014-11-16T18:30:34-05:00

 



A Letter to the Chancellor of Syracuse University

2014-11-16T18:30:34-05:00

Dear Chancellor Severed: Marcus Aurelius famously said: “Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.” I’m mindful of this as we face together a critical moment at Syracuse University....



Victory for Law School Applicants with Disabilities

2014-05-20T17:11:03-04:00

May 20, 2014 RESOUNDING VICTORY FOR ALL LAW SCHOOL APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Settlement in Disability Discrimination Case Against LSAC Today's settlement in The Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Law School Admission Council, Inc. case is a resounding victory...



Disability and the End of Another Academic Year

2014-05-20T10:18:04-04:00

I’ve just returned home from the University of Iowa (where I used to teach) and where I saw my stepdaughter Tara Connell graduate with her master’s from their “Speech Pathology” program. Tara’s intention is to work with autist kids and...



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2014-05-14T16:36:22-04:00

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Guide Dog Nira and Mr. Walter Whitman

2014-05-13T09:06:11-04:00

Hello. I am a guide dog. My name is Nira. I read Walt Whitman in secret. I especially love these lines: Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk...



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2014-05-10T10:55:47-04:00

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Self-Interview, May 10, 2014

2014-05-10T08:02:21-04:00

Dear Dorothy Parker, you are such a pest. Flamingos often are. Especially the solo ones. Dear Pierre Reverdy, don’t you have any real friends? That was a mercurial zeitgeist alright. It made people hot or tender. ** Some say we...



Confessions of a Lonesome, Disabled, and Autonomous Man

2014-05-08T09:49:56-04:00

I belong to a fellowship of lonesome people. Perhaps you do too. Or maybe not. Your life may be “included” in the best sense. Maybe you’ve been a valued member of a team; been invited to a prom; gone sailing...



Peace Process

2014-05-06T08:39:16-04:00

Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread. —Pablo Neruda I am making this from my love of an old dog named Roscoe— who died in our house with our hands on...



Disability, Competence, and Soul

2014-05-04T10:34:24-04:00

So I have this disability. You do too. Or perhaps some day you will. But just so we’re in agreement: no one’s perfect. (I hope you weren’t feeling perfect. I don’t want to be your buzz kill.) If you are...