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Author Archives: Gary C. Norman

Gary C. Norman: Expanding access to public accommodations

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

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

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

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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Gary C. Norman: Masonic travels in visibility

Given that our republic confronts problems vexing to the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot alike, leaders of good intention but differing views may be brethren who seek to address issues or problems in common — even if one of those brethren is as diverse as the first guide-dog Mason.

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Gary C. Norman: Inclusion and visibility

There are arguably an insufficient number of leaders with guide dogs and accessible technology in the halls of power, whether in our political parties or our ancient fraternities.

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Gary C. Norman: Using comedy and the arts to educate about lawyers with disabilities

Given the staggering unemployment rates of people (including lawyers) with disabilities, there is simply a need for more visibility of lawyers and their guide dogs in the board room and in the hearing room. For better or worse, a step forward may be found in the portrayal of a blind character in the current television frivolity, “Growing up Fisher.”

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