“Go up to the board, and draw an image from last night’s reading assignment.” The professor’s instruction seemed simple enough, but I felt my palms start to sweat as I stood from my chair.
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Twenty years ago, in July of 2001, I was privileged to be one among a group of thirty winners who received National Federation of the Blind scholarships at our National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was seventeen, had just graduated high school, and at the time had absolutely no concept of how that experience would affect the course of the next two decades of my life.
Content warning: This article mentions instances of abuse and sexual assault. If you are a victim or survivor of sexual assault and are in need of support, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline provided by RAINN at 800.656.HOPE (4673).
Originalmente, este mensaje fue embiado a lideres de la Federacion para celebrar nuestro aniversario el lunes 16 de noviembre.
I originally wrote the below post to Federation leaders for our anniversary which was November 16.
Stepping aside from all the dysfunction happening in this world today, it is apparent how a lot of general thinking in the world works.
Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which happened at the end of June 1969. These riots ignited the gay rights movement. Since then, it has served to amplify LGBTQ+ needs and rights—such as protection against harassment and discrimination—while also recognizing the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world.
I write this message to you as the elected President of the National Federation of the Blind. I also write it to you as an American who is struggling this week. I call upon members of our organization to recognize the solidarity we share as blind people and that the value we place on love within our movement is needed more today than at any other time in our history.
“Well, Bob,” said Melody, my Braille instructor. She stood up, small and frail. “We’re done!”
Growing up, I tried many different sports and hobbies: soccer, tee ball, swim team, drama club, dance classes, and 4-H. I even tried my hand at piano for a number of years.