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Embedded Bluetooth Breadcrumbs Leading the Blind

Technology shapes us and betters us, but sometimes it can also belittle our best intentions.  The Talking-Points project is a new idea that hopes to use embedded Bluetooth tags placed strategically throughout a city to communicate with the blind to guide and provide geographic landmarks and local business information.

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Black: The Indian Helen Keller Movie

Black” is one of those movies you yearn to see again and again and you can never ever quite get the story out of your head.  The movie is a love story of self-discovery and education for a Deaf and Blind woman who does not speak.  She lives in an internal darkness.  She wants a way out into the light of the world.  The box for the special edition of the DVD is pocked with Braille dots you can feel with your fingertips, thus creating a temptation, and an expectation for the drama of learning to come:

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A Blind Dog and a Dungeon

Child abuse takes many ghostly forms and has a multiplicity of fathers.  I can still remember, decades later, the one time I was enticed by an older man and how the awful hauntings of that dungeon-like experience still threaten me today.

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The Black and Blind Piano Player

When I was a wee lad — perhaps 8 or 9-years-old — I acted in a lot of community theatre plays and musicals.

Acting was an opportunity to escape an ordinary life for one of imagination and history and it was a tasting of a freedom that has sustained me ever since.

Theatre made me an escapee from the mandatory expectations of a pedestrian community where staying and longing were demanded over exploration and fulfillment.

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Stalking Sexual Predators in the Deaf-Blind Community

One of the most vulnerable minorities around us in the world are those who are Deaf and Blind.
Being Deaf — or just being Blind — is enough of a challenge to survival but those who are hit with both disabilities in the same body are truly the world’s misbegotten and they deserve our highest protection.

There are approximately 40,000 people in the United States who are deafblind.  Hearing and vision are the primary senses through which we learn and collect data.  Hearing is the basis of communication and 80 percent of what we learn is through the visual sense.

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