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Author Archives: Gary C. Norman

Technology advances must accommodate those with disabilities

I recently reflected on how my life has evolved since I was a visually impaired college lad. I now daily interact with helpful tools that were not even envisioned during the 1990s or when I was a trans-Atlantic leader (on ...

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Diversity, inclusion and the journeys of a disabled attorney

I attended the opening reception for the MSBA Leadership Academy, where all, including me, applauded one of the first classes in the academy’s long history to be composed of a majority of women Fellows. As the sole lawyer and mentor ...

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Mental health and gun violence

As a lawyer with a physical disability who also has experienced depression, I’m disappointed at the tenor of how our society discusses a disease of millions of Americans – mental illness. Each tragic occurrence of a mass shooting results in ...

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Public service and civil discourse

I agree with the recent remarks of the U.S. attorney general that public service – in the context of law – is not only an honor and a job but also a calling. To this end, the state funeral of ...

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Inclusive technology for a diverse society

As a speaker at the fall conference of the Municipal League of Maryland, I recently expressed a positive sense of the impact of technology on people with disabilities but also a clarion call that society must continue to improve its ...

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New federal rule is not really helpful for disabled air travelers

I recently rewatched the movie “Meet the Fockers,” reflecting upon the protagonist’s mishaps with airline travel. As Americans, including those with disabilities, who pay taxes, we recently subsidized the survival of the airlines as these private-public entities because of the ...

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The power of language

As a lawyer and as a blind person partnered with a service animal, I realize the power of words. I recently heard a form of certain illegal words by a driver when returning from a medical appointment with my service ...

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Time to get rid of our state song

With such notable citizens as Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass, Maryland can do and should do better than a state song grounded in mythology and in hatred of others. In 2021, the Maryland General Assembly has heard bills related to ...

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Home as a tool for equity

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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