Thanking God For Closed Doors

by Kevin Burton    One of my frequent prayers is that God will “open the doors that need to be open and close the doors that need to be closed.”    This is a necessary prayer because I can’t see around time corners to see the future and I’m not always so good at the …

Blind Man Suing County For False Arrest

 by Kevin Burton    A legally blind Florida man who was falsely arrested Oct. 31 just for carrying his cane is filing a suit against the local government.    James Hodges was stopped for questioning, then arrested after Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies mistook a folded cane he was carrying in his back pocket, for a …

Hotel Ejects Blind Woman Over Guide Dog

by Kevin Burton     If I ever go back to London, I know where I am not staying.    The Premier Inn in North London ejected a blind woman, her partner and her guide dog, saying the woman “didn’t look blind,” according to published reports.       My information comes from reporter Jessica Frank-Keyes, writing …

Don’t Be Hateful, Be Grateful, I Know

by Kevin Burton    When my mother came to visit me in Iowa she flew in, meaning she didn’t have a car for the visit and we got around by using the little ride service I used.    If I remember correctly, we had to call twice and do a little polite coaxing to get …

The Sky’s The Limit For Blind Pilot

by Kevin Burton    Last month a blind woman flew a small airplane across the country. That’s a story you want to read about, right?     OK, here it is, short version:   Kaiya Armstrong, a 22-year-old Arizona woman who can see only a few inches in front of her face, flew a two-seater Cessna …

News At My (And On My) Fingertips

by Kevin Burton    On the next-to-last night of our Upper Midwest vacation we found ourselves watching the clothes go round.    We were in Norfolk, Nebraska, boyhood hometown of Johnny Carson, when we gathered our quarters and the Tide Pods Jeannette had bought for the occasion, and took advantage of the Hampton Inn’s coin …

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 …

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 …