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Happy Lunar New Year!

I spent the first half of the day just sleeping or staring into space, but I'm a lot less sick now as a result, so that's a good thing.

I was just made disability team lead on the Resistance Manual, and I would love it if some of you came and joined me in building those pages to be really great, as well as checking to make sure other areas on the RM are intersectional with regard to disability.

I have been writing every day and submitting several things a week, and I still don't know where the energy is coming from, but I'll take it. Maybe the cold weather really is my friend.

The debt-elimination project is going well. I'm blogging sporadically about it, but the best result so far is that after 2 months, we paid off 10% of our highest-interest card, and it's only going to get better.

And I got a stellar performance review at work, and applied for a better job on campus.

Let's see, is that it? Well, other than my mom possibly having a MRSA infection, yes. I think that's it for now. Now I'll go read your journals to see what you're up to.
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So there's no way to say this next sentence without sounding kind of dramatic, but imagine me saying it in a "hmm, that's interesting" kind of way, not an "OHMIGOD" kind of way, because I've known about it for a couple of years and it's not something I lie awake at night thinking about, 'kay?

There's a small-to-medium-sized chance, according to my eye doctor, that one day I will wake up and my eyesight will be very bad, and then I'll go blind very quickly. I have a rare enough form of macular degeneration that every retina examination I've ever had has prompted the doctor to go grab a bunch of other docs and students to take a look. Also? They're always *stunned* (and a bit unbelieving) that I've never done drugs (besides legal ones). Seems that the crystals in my retinas are in an unusual pattern that's generally caused by drug abuse.

So, anyway.

I am thinking of doing two things as proactive disability preparation for myself: Learning to use screen-reader software, and maybe learning Braille.

I know that Braille is used less and less often as other kinds of accessible texts spring up all over the place, but when I think about the prospect of being forced to be *read to* instead of reading things for myself, in my head, in my own voice, I get a bit agitated and upset.

So, anyone out there know the best way for me to go about learning Braille?
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Wonderful essay by Tyler Cohen about treating the subject of the autistic spectrum -- and autistic people themselves -- humanely and reasonably

[Edit: If you can't get to it at that link, and some can't, let me know and I'll email it to you. It's really good.]


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