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Author Archives: Gary C. Norman

New federal rule is not really helpful for disabled air travelers (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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