Archive for July, 2009

N.J. finds Livingston restaurant may have discriminated against blind man with dog

By Richard Khavkine © The Star-Ledger, NJ — A Livingston restaurant owner faces discrimination charges for refusing to seat a blind man accompanied by his guide dog in its main dining room, the state’s Division on Civil Rights announced today…. READ STORY

Systems Advocate/Outreach Specialist: Bronx Independent Living Services

eSight Careers Network — Location: US-NY-Bronx Description: Bronx Independent Living Services is a community based, not-for-profit, nonresidential Independent Living Center. BILS’s mission is to empower people with disabilities, and to educate the general public and advocate for legislative and social change as it affects the lives of people with disabilities. This is a full time position for an Systems Advocate/ Outreach Specialist…. READ POSTING

October 21, 2009, is Disability Mentoring Day

eSight Community News — Have you registered for Disability Mentoring Day yet?  In New York City, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has begun its efforts to recruit organizations and/or individuals who may wish to participate in Disability Mentoring Day as a mentor or a mentee…. READ STORY

Personnel firm allegedly exploited the blind to obtain foreign-worker permits

By Yaakov Lappin © Jerusalem Post, Israel — Four people have been arrested and released to house arrest after being accused of running a scam to obtain work permits for foreign workers and exploiting the blind in the process….  READ STORY

Association for Blind to add jobs

By Montanette Murphy © Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY — More than a dozen jobs are headed to the city. The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Utica said it will add 15 jobs over the next six months, thanks to several government contracts worth $5.5 million per year over the next five years, according to a news release. “We are encouraging people who are blind or visually impaired to give us a call if they want to work,” said Steve Gannon, director of development…. READ STORY

National Federation of the Blind Files Complaint with Maryland Department of Education

The National Federation of the Blind and its Maryland affiliate have filed a complaint with the Maryland State Department of Education alleging violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and parallel state law by the Baltimore City Public Schools. The complaint addresses systemic problems that prevent blind students in the BCPS from receiving a free, appropriate public education as required by law…. READ PRESS RELEASE

`Learn To Race’ Cycling Camp to Be Offered to Riders with Disabilities at The U.S. Olympic Training Center …

The United States Association of Blind Athletes will host a Developmental Cycling Camp for Riders with Disabilities at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO…. READ PRESS RELEASE

Pony takes place of guide dog for blind Muslim

From, Sydney, NSW — Mona Ramouni’s fingers fly across the text as she proofreads yet another page of a calculus textbook to be published in braille–with her guide pony sitting patiently by…. READ STORY

Blind ‘beep ball’ players to defend championship status during Stockton tourney

By Theresa Harrington © Contra Costa Times, California — Eric Mazariegos and his teammates on the West Coast Dawgs play baseball by ear. Blind or partially blind, they participate in a modified form of the game called “Beep Ball” — hitting and fielding a large softball that beeps. The top-notch athletes practiced last week in Concord, where Mazariegos lives, then headed to Stockton for the National Beep Ball Association World Series to defend their championship title…. READ STORY

Good News on the Home Front: An Update on the Accessibility of Appliances

By Bradley Hodges © Accessworld — Reading the newspaper and listening to the radio in these difficult economic times have convinced me that there is an index to measure almost every imaginable business trend and consumer behavior…. READ STORY