Of OSSB And A Bright Sunshiny Day

by Kevin Burton    How do you get to 50 years? It starts with a day, or a night.    Then, you turn your heart toward the sunrise, again and again.    There was a night when my parents put me into the family Delta 88 and drove me from our home in Yellow Springs …

Corneas Made From Pigskin Restore Vision

by Kevin Burton    Fourteen blind people had vision restored after receiving cornea implants made from pigskin, according to published reports.    Three of those people had perfect vision after undergoing a new surgical technique developed by Swedish researchers, wrote Sarah Kuta in Smithsonian Magazine.    The cornea is the clear outer layer that protects …

My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Studying Social Interactions Of The Blind

by Kevin Burton    A North Carolina State University research study offers tips for blind people on how to make social interactions less awkward.    I found the story by NC State’s Matt Shipman on http://www.medicalxpress.com.    “A recent study highlights the range of uncomfortable situations people living with blindness or visual impairment encounter due …

What Blindness Is, What Blindness Isn’t

by Kevin Burton    You feel sorry for me?  I feel sorry for you.    We all see what we want to see, full vision, partial vision or no vision. I can’t take in data with my eyes, not very well anyway. I’m doing OK though. And you?    You have no concept of what …

Getaway Day, Above The Old Routine

by Kevin Burton    Tomorrow is Getaway Day and there’s just nothing like it.    It’s World Series week in the land of beep baseball, baseball for blind players. Getaway Day is about heading to the competition site and into another world.    If you’ve never seen beep baseball, check it out on You Tube.  …

Thoughts About Disability Pride Month

by Stephen Kuusisto     (Nationally-known poet and disability advocate Stephen Kuusisto writes the “Planet of the Blind” blog on WordPress. The following is his post there from July 2.)    Because this is “Disability Pride Month” and owing to my own disability I must reveal I’m not “feeling it” as they say.    Don’t get …

Suit Alleges DraftKings Violates ADA

by Kevin Burton    Uh-oh, looks as if two of my in-groups have beef.    A blind man has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against DraftKings, alleging that the gaming company’s website is not accessible to blind users.     DraftKings is a daily fantasy sports and sports betting company founded in Boston in 2012. The …

Making Good Use Of Trapped Time

by Kevin Burton    It’s twenty minutes to 10 a.m. on a Saturday. My wife and I have agreed that Bible study will be at 10.    She’s on the phone. I have twenty minutes to use or lose. What to do?    I can’t get into a project that’s too complicated, but neither do …

Reality Intrudes Upon Laverne And Shirley

by Kevin Burton    Shame on me for this, but there was a time when I believed every word of the song from Laverne and Shirley.   That show ran from 1976 to 1983 on ABC. It was a big hit for its first few years, a spinoff from the very popular “Happy Days.” It …