Category Archives: Visually Impaired

Retiring Guide Dogs: No One-Size-Fits-All Solution

Weeks before Hunter’s 13th birthday on March 7, 2016, he and Donna walk along their favorite Trail; shows Greening Moss: photo by Rich Hill. Despite the many wonderful things guide dogs can do for their blind handlers, they share a … Continue reading

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Labrador or Writer: Who’s the Smart One?

Working with guide dogs is, among other wonders, a frequently humbling experience. Even after 45 years and four canine helpers, I occasionally realize that I haven’t learned all that much. All of my dogs regularly must endure my obstinate nature, … Continue reading

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Web Accessibility for Blind Americans: Obama’s Broken Promise

Most Americans take the internet for granted. Banking, accessing medical records, making reservations, shopping and school/work-related research are routinely done online. Blind Americans, however, who rely on text-to-speech software (aka screen readers) are being left behind. And, why? The technology … Continue reading

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Featured Book: The Heart of Applebutter Hill by Donna W. Hill

Originally posted on THE ISLAND JOURNAL:
The Heart of Applebutter Hill The Heart of Applebutter Hill book 14-year-old Adiaphoran refugees Baggy and Abigail are a bit cynical, as they areĀ alone in a new country. Rounded up with other refugee kids,…

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Writer’s Rant: Unchain Me from This PC!

Hope springs eternal … at least until it is dashed on the rocks of reality. Whether it’s a month, a year or a decade, perceptions of that perfect house, job, community or relationship can switch from a beautiful thing to … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: a Tribute from a Fictional Creative Writing Class

“No, you go first.” Here’s a chapter from my novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill. It’s the first day of the summer term at the Plumkettle Learning Center. Our heroine, 14-year-old Abigail, her guide dog Curly Connor and best friend … Continue reading

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Equal Rights for Blind Americans? Author Says We’re not There Yet

As a member of various blindness, advocacy and guide dog organizations, it’s not uncommon to come across a request from a college student to take a survey on blindness, and I’m always happy to participate. Rarely, however, (in fact, never) … Continue reading

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