Our guest for this episode of Special Parents Confidential is Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. In November of 2014 he became the first blind attorney to be elected as a Justice to the Michigan Supreme Court. Or as he likes to say, "Blind Justice is now on the Michigan Supreme Court".
Justice Bernstein was born blind and has risen far beyond whatever boundaries or limitations anyone could have imagined. He successfully sued against the Law School Admissions Council for the right to be admitted to law school, arguing that the LSAC test was visually biased due to their use of charts and graphs in the test. As a practicing attorney, he was a strong advocate for the rights of disabled people and special education. He's also a marathon runner and has completed an Ironman Triathlon.
However, he holds no illusions over how he was able to achieve so much. In his own words: "85% of the blind community is unemployed... If I hadn't been born into the family I was bo