People With Disabilities Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends, Even if We Don’t Know Them

2022-07-26T11:18:03-04:00July 26th, 2022|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Community|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. As Blanche DuBois famously said in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” There is something to be said for dogged determination but rarely in life do people achieve anything on their own, be it success, happiness, a career, etc. I am eternally grateful

Madison Avenue Recognizes People with Disabilities Can Sell Anything–Especially Inclusion!

2022-05-24T09:28:33-04:00May 23rd, 2022|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. In my last blog, I shared thoughts about people with disabilities being portrayed in film by actors who represent that ability authentically. The catalyst for that was the nomination of Troy Kotsur for his performance in “CODA “, an actor who happens to be deaf playing a character who also

Should Characters With Disabilities Only Be Played by Actors With Disabilities?

2022-03-22T13:20:25-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Entertainment, featured|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. When I was younger, I loved acting and performing in high school. Some of the roles I played were president of Almalou Records in “Bye Bye Birdie”, a degenerate gambler looking to play in the oldest established, permanent floating crap game in New York, in “Guys and Dolls”, and a

MBS’s Rhea Guntalilib Wrote a Book!

2022-03-11T14:12:30-05:00March 11th, 2022|Albert's Thoughts, Our Team|

“Rhea is a shining example of what access to the right tools means for promoting Ability while creating infinite possibilities in life. Her personal story of trials and tribulations should be an inspiration to us all.” --Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed., Founder and CEO of My Blind Spot Sharing the colorful realm behind the physical darkness

Situational Disability: The “Other” Disability

2022-02-14T17:24:09-05:00February 14th, 2022|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. My disability happened very quickly. My illness was like a freight train out of control without any chance of stopping. I entered the hospital with sight and weighing about 190 lbs. A short two months later, I survived my illness but happened to have been left completely blind and a

2022: The Year of People with Disabilities

2022-01-11T11:06:41-05:00January 11th, 2022|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Education, Government, Technology|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. As we turn the final page on 2021 and open a new chapter on 2022, it’s my sincere hope that we all experience a new year full of inclusion and life-changing possibilities. While I am a pragmatic realist, planning for the best but preparing for the worst, I think this

Tidings of ‘Dis’-Comfort and Joy: A Meditation on the Holiday Spirit in 2021

2021-12-08T10:24:11-05:00December 7th, 2021|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Education, Entertainment, Government|

By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. As we enter another holiday season, the optimist in me wants to be filled with the magic, hope, and inspiration that usually comes this time of year. However, I must admit to being torn. The specter of COVID hanging like a cloud over us and the divisiveness around how to

What Is Kaizen and How Its Wisdom Can Benefit the Disability Community

2021-11-01T16:08:47-04:00November 1st, 2021|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Education, Government|

Kaizen literally translates to Kai (change) and Zen (good). It is a Japanese word that describes constant and never-ending improvement. Many business experts believe that it was this philosophy that pulled Japan up from the ashes and rubble of World War II to become an economic powerhouse within a generation. It means living with a


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