Author Archives: Phouka

Museum Survey

A year or so ago, Peanut and I went on a touch tour at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art–it was pretty neat, and I even discovered facets of some of the pieces that I’d entirely missed as a sighted person.  … Continue reading

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Senior Retreat 2018

From the mailbag: SENIOR RETREAT 2018 Learn to Live the Life You Want Learn from experienced blind instructors techniques and skills of blindness to enhance your quality of life. Become empowered­ remain independent and actively engage in hobbies, work and … Continue reading

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Recent Changes to ABLE Accounts

This is from the IRS Newswire Issue IR-2018-139, so is a reliable source. From the mailbag: Tax reform allows people with disabilities to put more money into ABLE accounts, expands eligibility for Saver’s Credit WASHINGTON – People with disabilities can … Continue reading

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Office for Civil Rights: Feedback Needed

From the mailbag: Have you ever filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? If so, please complete our short survey by July 15 (https://nfb.org/doe-ocr-survey). We need your help as we fight to reinstate your … Continue reading

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Down and Dirty

Location:  Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, 4400 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604 Cost:  Depends on when you register, ages of registrants, etc.  In 2018, it cost $81 for me, Sprout, and Peanut, and we signed up early enough to get … Continue reading

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Animals on Airplanes: Be Heard

I’m sure everyone, by now, has heard of the ongoing saga of “service animals” such as peacocks, hamsters, and ill-behaved dogs on flights.  The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for feedback on proposed amendments to regulations regarding service animals … Continue reading

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Coding Camp for B/VI Kiddos

From the mailbag: This is a program developed and run by blind professionals for youth who are blind or low vision. OSOP Coding Camp Learn Today – Prepare for Your Future Date: July 9 – July 13, 2018 Time: 10:00 … Continue reading

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A Disney Dream–Part Two

This past fall, we headed out to Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Dream.  It was an absolutely magical experience that was surprisingly accessible for all of us.  For this trip, we had a VI child, Peanut, and … Continue reading

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B/VI Folks: Help a PhD Candidate by Taking a Survey

From the mailbag: I am currently finishing my dissertation on various challenges and negative experiences that people who are severely visually impaired or blind experience in the workplace. Below is a link to a 10 to 15 minute survey inquiring … Continue reading

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A Disney Dream–Part One

This past fall, we headed out to Halloween on the High Seas aboard the Disney Dream.  It was an absolutely magical experience that was surprisingly accessible for all of us.  For this trip, we had a VI child, Peanut, and … Continue reading

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