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Author Archives: Gary C. Norman

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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Gary C. Norman: Landmarks that offer inspiration, guidance

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

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

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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