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Back in the day, GARY WUNDER had no problem understanding television thanks to the way TV shows were produced. He says, "When Gilligan's Island was on and...somebody got popped on the head, you knew that it was Gilligan and the Skipper was giving him a hard time." Today's programming tends to lean more on special effects to tell stories, and so something called 'Descriptive Video Service' is available to help those who are sight-impaired enjoy online and over-the-air entertainment. April 7, 2021

"The more we can get driving out of the hands of people and into a dedicated device whose only job is to drive, probably the better off we all are, safety-wise." -- GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, speaking to the ongoing advancements in autonomous driving technology as a solution to automobile accidents, the majority of which are caused by the driver, not the car February 2, 2021

When it comes to mobility, GARY WUNDER prefers a cane; his wife, DEBBIE, prefers a seeing eye dog. (To each their own, I guess.) Find out why! October 16, 2020

Did you know there was a time when blind people were not allowed to vote? National Federation of the Blind's GARY WUNDER pulls back the curtain on the process of casting a vote for the sight-impaired among us, and throws in a little history, too. August 25, 2020

How do you practice good social distance etiquette when so much of what you do involves touching? National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's GARY WUNDER answers that question and others as he describes life as a blind person during a pandemic. July 2, 2020

"Braille is a magical thing. It's a reading and writing system that does everything for me that print does for you. Audio is great. I love audio. But the fact is, if I want to learn how to spell...I need something under my fingers..." -- Braille-in-schools proponent GARY WUNDER from the National Federation of the Blind, Missouri March 31, 2020

National Federation of the Blind's GARY WUNDER understands why most people assume that those with a sight impairment have a heightened sense of hearing, smell and memory - and a certain innocence towards humanity in general - but he says it's just not true. January 10, 2020

The Columbia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year on November 2nd. In the meantime, October is 'Meet the Blind Month'. GARY WUNDER tells us why it's important that those affected with sight impairments "get out and move around in the world" to know "that there is life with blindness." October 24, 2019

How do blind people cast a private ballot on election day? GARY WUNDER from the National Federation of the Blind, Missouri tells us it's come a long way since the days of a judge and a witness or two hovering over your shoulder while you make your selection. July 31, 2019

How does a blind couple raise children? GARY WUNDER, who speaks from experience having raised four children with his wife (who is also blind), says simply, "you figure out how you're going to do without sight what other people do with sight." For instance, story time is still story time, except the books are also written in braille. May 14, 2019

GARY WUNDER recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind. The goal of his visit was to ask Congress for more purchasing power when it comes to buying affordable, adaptive technology. In the end, he says, "I think we have made some progress!" February 15, 2019

"We have what we call 'alternative techniques', so we figure out those things that you would do with vision, and then we say, okay, not having vision, how do we do them?" -- GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, on living independently | December 13, 2018

"I used to think that, and then I came to realize that all of us are composites of characteristics and I do not know that blindness hasn't given me some significant opportunity that I wouldn't have gotten." -- GARY WUNDER, blind since birth, when asked if he thinks his life would have been better had sight played even a small role in his existence. September 17, 2018

Be My Eyes is an app for your smartphone that assists blind people who need a "micro-act of volunteerism." GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, demonstrates that and another one called Aira. June 18, 2018

Today Paul Pepper and GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind of Missouri, talk about how to handle the difficult situation of losing your sight. Gary says it's not easy: "some people deny it; some people go off and hide; some become resentful; some focus on all that's been lost." If you find yourself in this position, NFBMO is here to help! At [4:47] NATALIE NEWVILLE, Marketing Coordinator at Missouri River Regional Library, invites everyone to the 21st annual MRRL and ABLE Book Sale fundraiser! This popular event kicks off tomorrow at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus Hall in Jefferson City. "Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of books!" March 13, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER, National Federation of the Blind, about the importance of learning braille at a young age. Gary says that, "if you use audio reading, as wonderful as it is not sufficient." He goes on to say that as a result, volunteer groups have been set up to do "what should be done in the schools." January 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER about the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri's annual trivia night. This "major fundraiser" is happening October 28 in Columbia. Come for the questions; stay for "the best chili in town"! At [4:54] SUE THOMPSON invites everyone 21+ to come to the 3rd annual MO Mug Craft Beer Festival fundraising event October 21. Get a taste of many local beers and brewing demonstrations for just $15! Proceeds benefit the South Howard County Historical Society. October 19, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with GARY WUNDER, President, National Federation of the Blind, Missouri, about the purpose of the NFB and how it helps those affected by blindness. Gary tells us, "...we try to raise expectations for blind people. We try to get blind people to think of blindness more as a nuisance than a disabling handicap." January 4, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY about linoleum; including how it's made, why it's effective and how long it will last (hint: a long time). At [4:45] GARY WONDER, National Federation of the Blind, tells us about their upcoming trivia night fundraiser. Come for the trivia, stay for the silent auction, the food and the camaraderie! (All proceeds benefit the NFB.) Gary also shows us how a new application for your smartphone will read what it's camera sees - watch! October 27, 2015