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

School’s Out for Summer. But That Does Not Mean We Stop Learning…

2021-06-29T12:51:54-04:00June 29th, 2021|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Education, Entertainment, Government, Technology, Web Design|

School’s Out for Summer. But That Does Not Mean We Stop Learning… By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. If you are a student, you are happy about the school year coming to an end. If you are a parent or guardian, maybe not so much. For approximately the last 500 days or so, the specter of

Some Disabilities Are Not Seen or Even Heard… By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.

2020-10-30T13:20:42-04:00October 30th, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Education, Technology|

As many of you know, I am a person who just happens to be blind. For some, it is not immediately obvious that I am, in fact, totally blind and not just visually impaired. Whenever I am out and about walking with my guide dog Vaughn, I am usually asked if I am training the

Sending Students with Disabilities Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic Puts Them at Risk

2020-03-18T10:54:46-04:00March 18th, 2020|Community, Education|

Many online classrooms and supportive services are not accessible or usable to students with a disability By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.   In their “Situation Summary”, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers thoughts about mitigating the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. We should acknowledge that it presents more challenges

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

2018-10-22T09:19:32-04:00October 22nd, 2018|Education, Scholarships|

Scholarships from the National Center for Learning Disabilities The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002. In 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra,

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