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 …

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 …

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 …

IPC Pressured Into Doing The Right Thing

by Kevin Burton    The International Paralympic Committee on Thursday bowed to growing pressures and banned athletes from Russia and Belarus from the Paralympic Games, according to the Associated Press.    This reversed a decision announced Wednesday that athletes from the two countries would compete as “neutrals,” competing under the Paralympic flag and not being …