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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Supporting Our Sisters

By T.Reid / 2022-11-23
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As we close out the 2022 season of #YGBD, I’m passing the mic to my sisters! Boston based Disability Advocate Heather Watkins and Lisa Bryant, a Philadelphia freelance journalist join me to discuss just some of the challenges affecting disabled Black women. We’re talking career, relationships, parenting, healthcare and more. Plus, don’t forget to check […]

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Study Shows Guide Dogs More Arrogant Than Pet Dogs Because They ‘Have a Real Job Unlike Lazy Sparky Over There’

By 2shoes4eyes / 2022-11-05
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If you’ve noticed guide dogs walking with their chests poofed out a tad more than other dogs and their noses a few degrees higher in the air, you’re not mistaken.

A recent study from Ruffs University found that guide dogs are 99.7% more arrogant than their more carefree, unemployed counterparts because they have actual jobs and believe they’re higher in the chow chain.

The study surveyed 4,000 dogs nationwide. According to lead researcher Jonathon Hound, one reason cited for their arrogance was that, unlike regular dogs, guide dogs are not available for people to freely pet whenever they choose. 

“Guide dogs realized they were unique when they noticed people had to ask permission from their owners to pet them,” he said. “They started gaining a superiority complex. I mean, you don’t just go pet the president or king either.” He added that their arrogance is further compounded by the fact that blind or visually impaired people revere guide dogs for helping them navigate situations and restoring their independence. 

We interviewed some guide dogs for their take on the study.

“I can’t deny or confirm that us highly esteemed guide dogs are more arrogant,” barked Garmin, who has been a guide dog for five years. “But we are highly focused, and we don’t have time to do silly, mindless things like play or snuggle all day. We have an extremely important job to do, and we only play after a hard day’s work when the harness is off.”

North, another guide dog, who’s been on the job for the past three years, agreed. “Did you know only 45 to 50% of dogs make the grade to be a guide dog?” woofed North, puffing his chest out and polishing his claws. “Our training is intense! We’re held to really high standards and if you didn’t already know, I am a part of that exclusive group. I mean there’s a whole month dedicated to us. It’s obvious we’re pretty darn special.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that service dogs like guide dogs are allowed any place a person can go. This freedom afforded to them only makes guide dogs’ arrogance levels skyrocket even more, according to Hound. 

Garmin confirmed this. “Yup, I am a world traveler, and I only fly in the plane cabins with humans, not trapped in those claustrophobic carriers or the cargo hold. That’s soooo beneath us. And, I get to board first like royalty,” he yapped with attitude. “I also get the honor of entering any restaurant or building; we’re not chained outside like those other lazy, pathetic canines who just live to get their bellies rubbed. Tsk.”

Hound’s next really important study is on guide dogs’ GPS skills and their amazing ability to read traffic signals. North and Garmin will not participate in the study; they did not deny or confirm if it was because of their egocentricity.

 

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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Haben Girma Guides Us Through Self Description

By T.Reid / 2022-10-26
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The practice of providing self-description was becoming “controversial” even before the alt right types went ballistic on Vice President Harris this summer. During a meeting with leaders in the disability community, the VP practiced a form of access that includes making everyone aware of the visual information that those who are Blind or have low […]

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Young Gifted Black & Disabled: Justice for All

By T.Reid / 2022-10-12
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This final season of Reid My Mind Radio 2022 is once again focusing on #YGBD – Young Gifted Black & Disabled. Ever since producing the episode in 2020 under that same name with Ajani AJ Murray, I wanted to make it a seasonal theme. This opening episode was inspired by my dive into the speculative […]

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Colleagues Competing for Employee of the Year Scramble to Help Perfectly Capable Disabled Woman

By 2shoes4eyes / 2022-10-04
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“I sure could do with some water,” a parched Ann Benson casually said as she finished her hour-long presentation to the team. 

“I can get you a bottle from the lunchroom!” said an overly eager colleague already rising from her seat. “I was just going to grab some lunch. I can get your favorite branded water — it’s on me!” offered another enthusiastic co-worker as he put on his running shoes, ready to sprint out the door in case Benson said yes. “You can have mine,” another teammate interjected, shoving her lipstick-stained glass in front of Benson’s face. 

Benson, who has retinitis pigmentosa and is legally blind, was dizzily swiveling from one person to another, trying to keep up with all the offers. “Thanks, I actually have my own,” she said, grabbing her non-lipstick-stained bottle of non-branded tap water from her bag.

Benson, who was newly hired at the firm, was amazed at just how quickly her colleagues jumped up to help her. Unbeknownst to her, they were vying for Employee of the Year and hoping to check off the box for going above and beyond to help a co-worker in need. Except Benson didn’t need help at all.

“The other new employees don’t get the royal treatment like I do,” she observed. “Does my white cane have a tiara or a ‘Help me’ sign?”

Just last week, Benson asked her cubie mate if she had a pen. Before she could say “Bic,” about 10 pens, ranging from a freebie promo ballpoint pen to a fancy Mont Blanc, instantly showed up on her desk for her choosing. And a few days ago, a scuffle broke out as Benson’s colleagues scrambled over each other to pick up a paper clip she had dropped only a second before.

“Geez, I’m disabled, not desperate and helpless!” thought Benson, tapping her cane to the restroom. She was suddenly accompanied by several colleagues appearing like a Whac-A-Mole game to make sure she didn’t pee in her pants. “I wish they’d skip the assumptions about my disability and just ask me if I need help — I don’t!”

As Benson passed by the Employee of the Year wall of fame, she realized why she was receiving all the unnecessary extra help. A devious smile spread across her face. She could use this to her advantage.

And just like a starting gun at a race, Benson, who was set on finding out who really wanted to be Employee of the Year, kicked off the competition. “Oooh, my neck and shoulders hurt. I could do with a really good massage,” she cried. “Damn, I’m craving a really good wagyu steak for lunch. Oh maaan, I need a babysitter this weekend. I also really hate doing laundry …”

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The Reality of Being A Blind Magician – Guest Post by Chad

By Ami / 2022-07-29
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Chad, a blind magician, talks about navigating life with Retinitis Pigmentosa and shares his experience of performing in front of Penn and Teller.

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Flipping the Script on Audio Description: We Are Worthy

By T.Reid / 2022-06-29
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I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Nefertiti Matos Olivaras. She’s a bilingual, Blind Voice talent specializing in Audio Description. In addition to narration, Nefertiti is a Quality Control specialist, workshop facilitator and AD advocate and writer. Unfortunately, it’s that last role, writer, that still continues to be a bit controversial. It’s expected that those […]

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The Reality of Being A Blind Healthcare Worker – Guest Post by Anneliese

By Ami / 2022-04-29
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As a blind healthcare worker, Anneliese talks about both good and bad experiences, and shares a unique light on being a blind superhero.

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The Reality of Being A Blind Healthcare Worker – Guest Post by Anneliese

By Ami / 2022-04-29
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As a blind healthcare worker, Anneliese talks about both good and bad experiences, and shares a unique light on being a blind superhero.

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Doing Your Thing With Disability: Question Living Blind & Famous

By T.Reid / 2022-04-27
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We reached the final episode of the season where we salute and recognize individuals who are pursuing their interests and goals not in spite of their disability but rather with it. The difference may seem minor to some, but if you’re someone who wants to see disability normalized in society then you probably recognize this […]

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