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The May edition of the Braille Monitor presents a
fascinating examination of the effect of
attitudes on both policy making and personal
behavior. Marc Maurer gave an address to the
2015 Jacobus tenBroek Law Symposium entitled
Improving and Augmenting the ADA, Rehabilitation
Act, and IDEAA Vision for the Next Twenty-Five
Years: Disability and the Law of the Poor. This
address which is reprinted in the May Braille
Monitor explains how both the attitudes of
society and the attitudes of the disabled
themselves will determine disability policy over
the next 25 years. Read this stimulating article
to find out why Dr. Maurer thinks the law should
abandon the practice of adopting rights for
disabled people without creating a corresponding set of remedies.
The lack of employment is one of the greatest
problems that blind people face today. Dick
Davis continues the theme of the effect of
attitudes in his article entitled Blind People and Talking Dogs.
Attitudes effect individual behavior. Read My
West Virginia Experience by Dr. Donald C. Capps
to see what shaped his attitude for a lifetime of
giving back to the NFB. How did Ronald A. Owens
acquire his positive attitude toward
Braille? Read Illiterate No More to find the
answer to this question and to see how his attitude toward Braille developed.
The struggle of changing attitudes is challenging
and difficult. Patti Chang and Kelsey Nicolay
describe the personal struggle and reward of
changing attitudes. Patti Changs article is
Jumping the Fire and Kelsey Nicolays article is
My Journey Toward Winning Friends and Influencing Others.
Changing what it means to be blind is a lofty
goal, but what does it mean? The attitudes that
shape the philosophy of the National Federation
of the Blind are eloquently explained in The
Barrier of the Visible Difference by Dr. Kenneth
Jernigan. The statistics presented in the
article by Donna Hill, Is Literacy Really for
Everyone?The Numbers Tell a Different Story,
should compel us to continue the work of the Federation.
Read, heed, and succeed.
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