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Author Archives: Gary C. Norman

Home as a tool for equity

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COVID-19 forces us to recognize the house and home ownership in new ways. The house plays arguably multiple roles in our economic prosperity and in our overall health. In Maryland, people with disabilities comprise 19 percent of the overall population ...

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Gary C. Norman: Landmarks that offer inspiration, guidance

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Whenever blind people match with a new partner to begin training, they learn that every day is an opportunity for greatness or failure. Early victories, such as finding a coffeehouse when end route during the residential training phase at guide ...

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Gary C. Norman: Leadership lessons from a guide dog

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The Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows program recently allowed me to connect with colleagues from the court system, the community, the nonprofit sector and government. As I shared with my colleagues in this prestigious fellowship, guide dogs have helped ...

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Gary C. Norman: The impact of technology on civil and disability rights

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Marylanders live in a time of great opportunity – an opportunity to widen the circle of inclusion. Public policy leaders must ensure the accessibility, affordability and usability of technological developments that could help to widen this circle. As the first ...

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Gary C. Norman: Expanding access to public accommodations

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I am optimistic of the role of legal tools, both soft ones and positive ones, to shift the conversation and, over time, make our society more inclusive. As a result of broadly and justly defining places of public accommodations, such ...

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Gary C. Norman: Flying in not-so-friendly skies

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When I flew to Ireland two years ago, Delta Airlines proved graciously accommodating to my furry companion and me, upgrading us to business class, so Pilot would enjoy more floor space. This year, however, my new guide dog and I ...

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Gary C. Norman: Nonprofits in the ADA era

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Discussions at the luncheon and at my session during the recent silver anniversary of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations reinforced for me the power of all of us coalescing to foster inclusion within the nonprofit sector. Because of its ...

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Access to entertainment: Pass the popcorn

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The continued expansion of technology in conjunction with law and policy has enabled levels of access to entertainment not known by persons with sensory-based disabilities of yesteryear. (Sensory disabilities consist of blindness, deafness or both.) Since January, Title III of ...

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