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

Biden Is In. Now What?

2021-01-06T16:20:06-05:00January 5th, 2021|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Employment, Government, Technology|

Nothing about us without us! Regardless of the challenges around authentic inclusion, people who have disabilities are part of the solution. By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. As had been true during his campaign run, President-elect Joe Biden seems to be making good on his promise of focusing on diversity and authentic inclusion. As evidenced by

Which Presidential Candidate is Good for the Disability Community? A Tale of Two Presidential Campaign Websites By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.

2020-08-26T14:06:06-04:00August 26th, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Government|

I don’t need to remind anyone that we are in the home stretch for one of the most important general elections in my lifetime…and probably yours too. It will be Donald Trump and Joe Biden battling against each other to determine who will be sitting in the Oval Office for the next four years. Additionally,

The ADA: To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate? That Is the Question.

2020-07-22T15:45:25-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Community, Employment, Events, featured, Government|

As America celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are we better off as a community because of it? By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. Happy Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was enacted 30 years ago July 26, 1990! I don’t know about you, but for me, I

Call Me Anything You Want but Let’s Get Digital Accessibility Done Now By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.

2020-06-18T11:39:20-04:00June 18th, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Government|

Call Me Anything You Want but Let’s Get Digital Accessibility Done Now By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed.   Every few months I read a blog or social media post about whether we should refer to members of the disability community as “disabled” or “a person with a disability”. I even wrote about that very subject

Technology Work to Restore Sight (Part 2)

2020-04-15T10:42:51-04:00April 15th, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Employment, Government, Technology|

Advancements in Technology Work to Restore Sight (Part 2) By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. With the disability community being the largest minority group in the world, with over $8 trillion in discretionary income, why wouldn’t we work to include them as a valued and celebrated market base or candidate for employment? There are three reasons:

Technology Helping the Blind to See

2020-04-01T10:37:40-04:00April 1st, 2020|Accessibility, Albert's Thoughts, Employment, Government, Technology|

Advancements in Technology Work to Restore Sight (Part 1) By Albert J. Rizzi, M.Ed. Every few months, I come across something on social media about the latest breakthrough that might give people who are blind the ability to see. Every now and then, I am even asked to participate. Ten years ago, I was selected

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