Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy

My 100th post! #ADA30

It is my 100th post. And it is the thirtieth anniversary of President George HW Bush’s signing of the American with Disabilities Act or ADA. I am going to explain why the ADA matters to me. Why does the ADA matter? I’m going to quote from my speech at the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening… Continue reading My 100th post! #ADA30

Justin at computer
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NaNoWriMo and More

What is that? Are you making up words? Happy NaNoWriMo and what am I talking about? November is National Novel Writing Month in which people attempt to write fifty thousand words in a month. Thanks to my friend, Annie, who let me know about this. We’ve been friends/writing buddies ever since going to Nerdcon in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo and More

Justin Smith and Mary Lucia smiling
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy, Music

Talking Accessibility @ The Current

Wait, what? Ok, this was a big awesome week! Unbelievably big and awesome! Who knew when I wrote my last post about seeing Maggie Rogers and accessibility at the Armory, that Mary Lucia from Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current would reach out and ask to interview me? Of course, I said yes – anything to… Continue reading Talking Accessibility @ The Current

Concert stage
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Maggie Rogers at the Armory: Accessibility Check

Ok, that question that everyone is asking about: how accessible was the Armory and how was the music? First part of the question is definitely what I want to talk about, but starting with the music - amazing. NowNow was the opening band. I’ve been listening to their music and interviews so was familiar with… Continue reading Maggie Rogers at the Armory: Accessibility Check

Justin smiling in wheelchair on path with flowers
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Appearances may be deceiving OR how something might appear accessible but in reality…

Here's a quick story of what was to be a short walk with my mom, on a lovely sunny day,  to the new accessible little park down by the lake. And when I say accessible, I mean NOT really at all accessible for me or probably any other wheelchair user. In fact, they probably could… Continue reading Appearances may be deceiving OR how something might appear accessible but in reality…

Justin looking at computer monitor with hand on joystick mouse
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Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that this blog must be in want of a classic accessibility check and a Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen’s books are great, but Pride and Prejudice is one of the perfect examples of what is it that constitutes 19th century love. Take Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.… Continue reading Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility