Welcome to My Blind Spot

My Blind Spot’s mission is to advance equal access and promote understanding, respect, and opportunity for people who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled.

My Blind Spot believes that all individuals are entitled to acceptance, encouragement, and respect, as well as freedom from discrimination, labeling, and stereotyping, regardless of their challenges in life. We believe that every person, at every age and level of ability, has the potential for growth.

CALLING ALL Development professionals and volunteers!

My Blind Spot (MBS) is looking to build a strong Development Team to further the mission and vision of our organization. MBS is looking for time, talent, and treasure from professionals or volunteers with a strong background in development, grant writing, donor development and fundraising. We are working to advance equal access and promote understanding, respect, and opportunity for people who are blind or print disabled. Click the link below to learn more about what MBS has to offer.

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Accessible ICT as a Productivity Tool

Today’s information age requires that a company’s electronic information and communication technology (ICT) be accessible to all individuals in the workplace – including individuals with disabilities. Ensuring that a company’s website is accessible means that content can be provided in alternative formats and is compatible with commonly used assistive technology. Accessible websites are only the beginning; society is increasingly using more convenient mediums, such as mobile Apps and Kiosks.

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Washington (December 21, 2015) – Last week, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) led a group of eight other Senators in a letter to the Obama administration calling for the prompt release of rules that would clarify and support access to information and communications technology (ICT) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Unfortunately, because the ADA predated the information-technology revolution, the statute and its implementing regulations lack sufficient clarity on the question of ICT accessibility. This ambiguity has resulted in individuals with disabilities facing frequent and unacceptable barriers to Internet access and information and communications technology.

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This Sunday, October 25th at 10:00 in the morning, Albert Rizzi will return to the Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 East Main St. (Long Island, New York) to co-present the sermon with Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter. The sermon title is “Believing Is Seeing” and will address the similarities and differences between those who are unable to see and those who are unwilling. Call Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter (631) 891-9908 for more info.

My Blind Spot Receives $10,000 Grant From
Reader’s Digest Partners For Sight Foundation

Partners for Sight LogoMy Blind Spot (MBS) is proud to announce a $10,000 grant award to advance its mission to promote a more accessible digital world. The award from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (PFS) — whose mission is dedicated to increasing the self-reliance and dignity of blind and visually impaired persons — will serve to allow MBS to open doors of employment in accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation for the blind and print disabled community. PFS, a respected funder in the field, is also the publisher of Reader’s Digest Select Editions Large Type books, and a co-sponsor of visionaware.org, the premier online resource for people coping with vision loss.

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Albert’s Interview on WEBAble.tv
Discussing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

I feel privileged to be included in this moment alongside such notables, dignitaries and renowned advocates coming together to commemorate the passage of this empowering legislation in our country’s history. The ADA serves as an international beacon of hope and we, as a nation and as a global community, must ensure that we do not “dis” other people’s ability, but celebrate the innate ability in each of us! Tens of millions of people in the United States today are disabled and account for nearly 20% of our entire population. Thank you TV WorldWide for affording me the privilege to join you and all the others working to create a more inclusive and accessible world for people of all abilities. At My Blind Spot, we believe access to the right tools promotes ability and restores infinite possibilities. Thanks for celebrating the possibilities. here’s ‘looking forward to another 25 years and many more.

WebABLE TV is now offering the accessible on-demand archived webcast of the complete July 24th Live webcast event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Joining TV Worldwide to discuss the advancements of the ADA where several distinguished guests who have made it their mission to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

In interviews during the webcast with TV Worldwide’s Dave Gardy, former Congressmen Tony Coelho and former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin discussed their participation in getting the ADA drafted and signed by then President, George H. W. Bush and provided perspective on the future of the ADA. Follow the link here to read the Complete Press Release.

My Blind Spot Partners with Sitecues

My Blind Spot(MBS) is partnering with sitecues by Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText family of products and Window-Eyes, to ensure the organization’s website is easier to see, hear, and use for people who are low vision, visually impaired, or print disabled. By partnering with sitecues, MBS ensures that all people can access the organization’s website without the need of costly assistive or adaptive tools.

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My Blind Spot is proud to announce our partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to enhance the usability and accessibility of the department’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/) for people of all abilities, most notably for people who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled. Through this collaboration My Blind Spot continues to work on our mission to advance equal access and promote understanding, respect, and opportunity for people who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled.

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Accessible QuickBooks Reviewed!

An organization dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired  and print disabled individuals live, achieve, and prosper.

A message from Albert J. Rizzi, Founder of My Blind Spot

Each of us in one way or another has a blind spot in our lives.  When I first came to be blind, I found I was forever running into literal and virtual walls—dead ends that blocked my assimilation into the blind community and hindered my participation in mainstream society. Without my sight, not only did the world become invisible to me, but I learned how it felt to be unseen.

So My Blind Spot was founded. My Blind Spot is a place where people of all visual abilities can come together and gain a clear view to independence, empowerment, and inclusion. It is our hope to be not just a resource, but a force that empowers individuals and society as a whole: one spot where people of all visual abilities can find answers and support.

Albert J. Rizzi

Access Equals Ability. Infinite Possibilities