Eugene M Jennings Jr Billy R Kilgore Sr Carol D Roberts Thelma L Gray Sheriff Ellis meets President Trump Quarter Auction to pay for fire engine restoration Upcoming Quarter Raffle, Oct. 14 to benefit PRC Man found dead in ditch Rev Alvin B Woodruff Jackson L Russell Lady Broncos bring home 11th SBAAC American Division title in 12 years Lady Rockets wrap up regular season Warriors rally for win Broncos make it two in a row Helen L Whalen Veterans saluted at the Brown County Fair Fayetteville cancels school after threat Tommy J Stamper Sue Day Broncos move closer to SBAAC American Division title Lady G-Men working hard, showing improvement Sports complex soon to open in Mt. Orab Week 6 football roundup H Ray Warnock Jennings faces multiple sex offenses Georgetown nears water system completion Bible Baptist Barbeque brings big crowd Linda Taylor Rene Sizemore-Dahlheimer Eugene Snider Eric Workman Gregory Terry Edith M Moore Eileen Womacks Michael C Jennings Janice K Brunner Cheer squads compete at ‘Little State Fair’ Truck, tractor pulls draw a crowd at Brown County Fair Week 5 football roundup Lady Broncos rise to 11-6 with win over Batavia Broncos buck Clinton-Massie, Goshen James H Boyd Warren A Stanley Jane R Ernst Darrell F Anderson James W Ball Jr June R Paul Robert Kattine Tony W Ratliff Carroll G Boothby Sawyers details revealed in court filing Varnau loses appeal ruling on blocked Goldson investigation Sardinia to hold town hall on street repair “Senior Playground” under roof, to open soon Janet R Whitt Jacqualine Attinger L Mae Spencer Battle between Broncos, G-Men ends in tie SB Warriors rout Peebles, 60-0 Lady Jays celebrate first victory Lady Rockets on a roll Rockets cruise to 4-0 Broncos celebrate homecoming Sininger wraps up another outstanding regular season of high school golf Joan E Stevens Esther R Kennedy Myrtle Mays Sheriff Ellis deploys to Florida Sending gifts from home ABCAP Entrepreneurship Seminar G-Men win streak hits 5 Runners compete at Vern Hawkins XC Invite Lady G-Men stand at 3-2-2 SHAC play begins for Ripley golfers Week 3 football roundup Jays rise to 5-2 with win over Williamsburg Audrey F Staten Inmate housing options narrow Opiate addiction strains Municipal Court Lillian E Cowdrey Catherine A Houk Warriors win Jim Neu XC Invite Week 2 football roundup Broncos unbeaten at 4-0 Lady Broncos compete in Bob Schul XC Invite Ronnie L Day Nettie F Lightner Wallace sentenced to life in prison Court filing links Anderson and Sawyers Man killed in Fatal Crash on US 52 Henry E Fields Anleah W Stamper Maxine M Garrett U.S. 68 reopens Drought ends for Lady Rockets G-Men rise to 3-1 with back-to-back victories Rockets cruise to 4-0 win over Jays Lady Broncos start off SBAAC American Division play with 3-2 win over Goshen Week one football roundup Fair board president Orville Whalen passes away

Disabilities: Lawyer lauds National Federation of the Blind

In the first of two columns, last week I featured Chris Danielson of Baltimore, Md., director of public relations for the 50,000-member National Federal of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest organization led by blind people.

If you remember, 44-year-old Danielson had been blind from birth, eventually graduated from law school, and for a time was a law clerk for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. He then became a practicing lawyer. In September 2003, the National Federation of the Blind hired him.

In a telephone interview, Danielson said, “What I like best about NFB is it raises expectations for blind people and raised my expectations for myself. Part of being the only blind kid in public school and later one of only two at Furman University was that whatever I did seemed amazing to people. In the world, (people who are blind) are often given a pass because societal expectations are so low and you don’t have to do much to exceed them. No one ever pushed me to become more well-rounded and do things for myself until the Federation began doing it.”

Once joining NFB, for example, he went through Federation training that taught him how to cook for himself and maintain his own living space.

As director of public relations, Danielson said NFB had three major issues arise at its recent 75th anniversary convention. “The first was technology accessibility,” he said. “The second was that of protecting the rights of blind parents. For example, just last week we heard of a case where a blind couple showed up at a hospital to have their baby and a social worker immediately assumed the couple couldn’t take care of the baby. So the family didn’t get to go home with their child. Our (NFB) president, Mark Riccobono, and his wife, are blind and have three children. It is a personal issue for him. Lastly, at the convention, we talked about people with disabilities being paid less than the federal minimum wage and how the provision of law that allows that needs abolishing.”

The recent NFB National Convention in Tampa, Fla., drew more than 2,700 people.

To blind people, Danielson said, “Join the Federation. I say that not just because we want more members, but because you will be helped by acquiring a network of relationships and mentorship from other blind people in the Federation.”

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Daniel Vance

Contributing Columnist

Daniel Vance writes stories of those with disabilities. He is a formerly from this area. Disabilities by Daniel J. Vance is sponsored by Blue Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service.

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