Hello and welcome to my blog where I share my thoughts on accessibility and inclusion matters. As you know by now, my name is Mark.
I will take a moment to give you a brief summary of what to expect. However, I am supposed to introduce myself so you can get to know me a little better. Let’s start there first.
I believe you value inclusion more than exclusion.
On a daily basis, I experience moments of exclusion because of a human condition that I am proud of. I have what is referred to in the medical community the audiological condition of not hearing.
In other words, I am deaf.
It is being deaf that fuels the fire within me to share my experience as a blogger. It is being deaf that brings up a few questions that I search for an answer to here on my blog.
- Where are all the deaf and hard of hearing people?
- What does it takes to become a successful blogger?
- How can people with different human conditions make a living with accessible solutions that allows them to be inclusive?
As a result, my search has led me to discovering a community of people who value inclusion. This community is a global community full of people from all corners of the world with all kinds of human conditions.
Regardless of our human conditions, it is painfully obvious that many of us struggle with exclusion on a daily basis. However, one thing is obvious. Allow me to take the liberty of paraphrasing something Jeff Goins wrote,
It is here on a blank page where we wage a war on exclusion,
joining forces together to find accessible solutions,
for a common cause,
I try to publish at least one blog post regarding accessibility and inclusion matters that serves you on a weekly basis.
What others are saying about me.
@markdeafmcguire is a #changeagent. via @DebraRuh
I have to take a quick moment to admit that being an agent seems exclusive at times.
For example, I was featured as number 007 in an Inclusion Spotlight. In case you are not familiar with the reference to 007, it is the number assigned to James Bond, a secret service agent of the popular covert(?) spy(?) movie series.
Yes, James and I tend to find stuff blowing up around us, mingling with important people, and at times, literally hanging on for dear life. Granted, Bond is an agent for an exclusive branch of the government. However, there’s one important difference.
James Bond is a fictional character whereas I am a real human being.
For all intents and purposes, it is fair to consider me as a change agent for inclusion. Oddly enough, this leads us to the next question.
Who is this fella?
To paraphrase James Bond,
The name is McGuire. Mark McGuire.
After enduring years of mistaken identity that still exists to this day, it is only fair to share some details. Even search engines are getting it wrong with their results showing Mark McGwire (a famous baseball player with the letter w in his last name, not the letter u like mine).
Yes, I use steriods from time to time.
By the way, your health matters to me.
Please do not construe the fact I take steriods as an endorsement. Just because my initials starts as M.D. McGuire does not mean I am a medical doctor.
As with any medical issues, I will always encourage you to consult with a medical professional as to what is safe for you. What works for one person does not work for everyone.
From time to time, I like to apply Neosporin (which is a type of steriod) on my wounds to speed up the healing process. I value my health and sometimes I do go to extremes to stay alive. If this outrages you, I apologize.
Yes, I have a sense of humor that won’t let me quit my day job.
Warning: My jokes can cause the following effects,
- Grimacing of your face.
- Raising your hand with your palm facing me.
- Oh my god exclaminations.
- Shaking of your head.
- Walking away.
If you should experience any of these effects, please consult with someone who does not have a sense of humor.
For some reason, one of the most popular comment people tell me whenever I try to be funny with a joke is “Oh my god.” While I appreciate being considered their god, it doesn’t pay the bills.
That’s why I am a big fan of remote work which offers the greatest chance of inclusion for anyone regardless of their human conditions. Especially now that we have the Internet.
Yes, I do tend to end up somewhere even if I am lost.
As fantastic as it can be to have a map or even GPS, there are times I end up getting lost. I know my parents tend to worry about me because of this little quirk of mine. The fact remains though.
I always find my way home.
I love to travel. If my life is any indication, I’m pratically a nomad. The reason is because of learning about what is out there.
By learning, I am able to share more knowledge with those who values inclusion.
Yes, I do quote meaningful statements.
From time to time, you will notice quotes that I come across, whether they are from an article or a book or video or someone in person or a voice in my head.
Whenever possible, I will reference the source.
However, it is not always possible because there was a time before electricity when nothing was recorded in transferrable data whether it is analog or digital.
I would be doing you a great disservice if I lay claim to any of these statements.
Which Star Trek character do I identify myself with the most? William T. Riker
You will notice from time to time various references on my blog to Star Trek. I am not a genuine die-hard Trekkie but I do enjoy the Star Trek series for a variety of reasons.
Particurlary becausewhen manufacturers first started making TVs with a built-in captioning decoder, the original Star Trek series was one of the few shows to have close captioning available.
While I am not a fan of the original Star Trek TV series, it was the original Star Trek movies that got me hooked. When they revivied Star Trek with The Next Generation series, I fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker.
However, it was not until years later after getting some real world experience, comments and feedback from others, that I noticed a similarity between William Riker and myself.
Granted, the comments and feedback I have received is nowhere near the best praise he got from someone who is probably more valued than Captain Kirk.
He is simply the finest officer with whom I have served.
Source: Captain Picard
I may not be the best or the greatest but I do aspire to be the finest human being I can be. And hopefully, my finest will be great enough. I can guarantee you one thing.
While I may never become the finest officer Captian Picard has ever served with, it is not what they are going to put on my tombstone.
What will they put on my tombstone?
I know it might be considered morbid to wonder about one’s tombstone but somewhere out there in the distant echos of the future, the bells are tolling for thee.
There is a quote that struck me the way a Buddist monk strikes one of those huge gongs that sounds out as far as it can on the Tibetian highlands.
The Greeks only asked one question after a man died:
Did he have passion?
Source: Dean Kansky
I can only hope whomever puts my passion on my tombstone.
He tried his best to leave behind a more inclusive world.
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