[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 
classes, etc.

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