Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Wed Apr 26 00:18:51 UTC 2017

yeah, they kept trying to make me use "their" brand of cane. One small problem, the tips would wear out too fast. Another problem, the fastening screw would fall out.

Somehow, I think their idea of a cane is simply a brand one. Sure, its lightweight, but its also a bit too flexible. It also doesn't work well in areas where sidewalks are broken. It most decidedly doesn't work in snow. Basically, I had my O&M instructor try to navigate a snow packed sidewalk with the NFB cane. Then I had him try it with my folding cane with the large ball tip. He kept insisting that I use the NFB model, but had to admit that it just wasn't practical to use in all circumstances. So, I take it as a valid assumption that the leadership is inflexible at the best of times. I know for a fact that a lot of their instructors are very inflexible unless presented with facts they can't ignore.


On Apr 25, 2017, at 4:05 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> NFB members at a training center alienated me through their rigid
> insistence on straight canes and failure to account for the
> multiply-disabled or congenitally blind in training methods. I also
> couldn't stomach their idea that I should run all my words and actions
> through the "how does this make all blind people look" filter, or that
> becoming normal should be my ultimate goal. Several of us in here
> would have to lose a bunch of IQ points to be considered normal. And,
> I hate the Borg.
> That was over a decade ago. I'm on some of their mailing lists and I
> have some of their folding) canes since those are useful things. I
> won't join, but I've met some interesting individual members.
> On 4/25/17, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com> wrote:
>> The ACB's lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Treasury to make
>> them make money accessible was already flawed to say the least.
>> According to the United States Constitution, the power to design money
>> has been delegated to Congress, and the Department of the Treasury is
>> only responsible for carrying out the orders of Congress. Therefore, the
>> best way to make money accessible would have been for any and all
>> so-called advocacy organizations to lobby Congress and get a bill passed
>> and signed by the President of the United States that would redesign our
>> money in an accessible way. Do I think the ACB's lawsuit was a publicity
>> stunt? Absolutely, as if they wanted us to have accessible money for
>> sure, they would have gone through the proper channels and we would have
>> had it by now. Instead, where are we? No closer to truly accessible
>> currency than we were when this whole sleighride begen nearly 10 years
>> ago. Thank you, ACB and NFB for being such advocates for the needs of
>> blind and visually impaired citizens of the United States. Without your
>> petty bickering and your "We're not them" attitudes, the world would
>> certainly be a better and more friendly place for all of us.
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