[nfb-talk] Blind woman loses discrimination claim filed over guide dog
John G. Heim
jheim at math.wisc.edu
Wed Feb 25 18:59:50 UTC 2009
According to the DesMoines Register:
"The department places no limits on the use of guide dogs in other settings.
In a statement, the attorney general's office said Karen Keninger, the
department's director, uses a guide dog of her own.
The orientation program includes six months of full-time training in problem
solving skills, such as cane travel on public streets, using computers and
dealing with other situations.
So it seems unlikely that they're merely anti-guide dog. But it's still
unclear if she was there for computer training or mobility training. It
looks to me as if Iowa has a program that combines both and probably the
woman wanted just the computer training. She probably wanted to skip the
cane training part and they wouldn't let her.
I dunno. This doesn't seem like a good thing to me. When I was in blind
school in Wisconsin, I was able to skip the computer part. In fact it was
the teacher who suggested it since I already had a degree in Comp Sci from
the University of Wisconsin. I just went to the cooking classes and mobility
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