Alternative Language Ballots Aren’t Enough: Translation Help at the Polls

Twelve months following the Voting Rights Act of 1975, a section of which requires alternative language accessibility on voting material based on the number of minority-language speakers residing in a county, Spanish made its first appearance in the voting process. And for some of the nation’s largest cities, the addition of Spanish to voter registration …

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Sorry, But You’re Not Allowed to Vote

“Sorry, but you’re not allowed to vote.”  Imagine if this is what you were told when you arrived at your polling place.  Would you feel upset?  Frustrated?  Helpless?  Maybe even scared?  For plenty of people with disabilities, this isn’t an imagining, this is reality. Following the 2016 national election, there were many reports from voters …

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Easy Guide to Improving Accessibility for Retail

The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are an estimated 3.6 million wheelchair users in the United States, and this number is increasing every year due to the aging baby boomer generation. In fact, currently one in five baby boomers faces a mobility challenge, and these baby boomers have the largest percentage of discretionary income at …

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Save the “Why are you Honking” Stares for Me

I almost ran out of gas this morning.  In hindsight – completely foolish of me for too many reasons to count, but we’ll start with the fact that I was traveling in heavy traffic. Do I have a good reason for letting the needle slip so low?  Well… not one of which I’m proud.  My …

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Holiday Shopping: Take a Look Around

Confession #1: I love shopping local.  It’s one of my favorite things to do whether I’m at home or traveling.  I look forward to seeing where the locals meet for coffee and discovering local authors.  I pride myself on picking up where-did-you-find-that jewelry and purchasing unique toys that spark the imagination.  And the holiday season …

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