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Unread 02-01-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Blind woman makes second bid for acupuncture license

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A blind student of acupuncture is making a second request for a state license to practice the trade after being rejected last year because of her lack of vision.

The licensure committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners was set to rehear Juliana Cumbo's request for a license on Friday. She would be the first blind person to be issued a state license, board members said.

"I wanted to be more involved in health care ... and I thought it was a perfect profession for a blind person," Cumbo said of her decision to pursue acupuncture, a method of diagnosing, treating and preventing illness by placing thin needles along specific points on the body.

The 31-year-old practices as a graduate intern in the student clinic of the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin. She has earned a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and passed the national board exams.

"Juliana is an exemplary practitioner ... and she is extremely talented," said Will Morris, president of the Austin academy. "I am proud to sign her diploma."

Meng-sheng Lin, the licensure committee chairwoman, said she's inclined to repeat her vote against Cumbo's application. She said Cumbo's case was the first time she had encountered the issue.

"I'm just trying to fulfill my duty to protect the public," said Lin, an acupuncturist in Dallas. "Would you go to a blind acupuncturist?"

Lin said acupuncture can lead to bleeding, which could be a problem if it went unnoticed and created a situation where the acupuncturist or patient could become contaminated.

Hoang Ho, a member of the acupuncture committee who also voted against Cumbo's license, said licensing Cumbo would be a liability for the board if something were to go wrong.

"You have to know exactly the point" to insert the needle, said Ho, who practices acupuncture in Kerrville and San Antonio. "There are a lot of blood vessels, and there can be injuries."
Cumbo, who said she also has a bachelor's degree in classical guitar, completed 3,218 hours of training in acupuncture. About a third of that was clinical experience in which she worked on 592 patients without any formal safety complaints, said Xiaotian Shen, the director of the Austin clinic and one of Cumbo's teachers.

Cumbo received extra hands-on training, and now she is better at finding acupuncture points than many students who can see, Morris said.

Shen said Cumbo was tested on a live model to pass the national boards.

Dr. Terry Rascoe, the acupuncture board's presiding officer, said the committee could approve Cumbo's request, reject it or ask the full board to consider it. The case could also go before a state administrative judge.

Cumbo's lawyer, David Cohen of Austin, said denying Cumbo a license "on the basis of her blindness alone" would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bob Simpson, general counsel to the board, said there are no state laws prohibiting the licensing of a blind person.

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Having had acupuncture treatments in the past, I would not want a blind person working on me.
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All I can think of is, ouch!
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My wife watches a reality show about Snoop Dogg and his family and he actually went to a blind acupuncturist (SP?) in LA. I guess he was already nervous and when a blind man came in he bolted
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If she's fulfilled her clinicals and passed the boards, I don't see why they'd deny her

Acupuncture's not my thing, but if it was I'd be looking for the best recommended practitioner out there. I don't think I'd be real concerned if s/he was blind...
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If she is better at what she does than other students I dont see what the big deal is.
Thats why I hired a blind driver.
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I'd go to her, and then hit the links with this guy:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22949721/

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My wife watches a reality show about Snoop Dogg and his family and he actually went to a blind acupuncturist (SP?) in LA. I guess he was already nervous and when a blind man came in he bolted
I was going to mention this show. That was too funny, Snoop said that he would be right back then ran out of the building while the blind guy was waiting. That show is great.
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I saw that episode too! It was GREAT!

HERE IT IS!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUabYN7RSlE

Keep in mind Snoop HATES needles, he is very scared of them.
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Yeah... I'm gonna let a blind person stick needles in me... hahahahahaha...

Whether she gets her license or not - I don't see it being a very lucrative business move...
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They say that blind people's remaining senses are more accute, but WTF? Now I've heard of everything.

On a similar note, has anyone ever wondered why there are braile dots at the drive up ATM? Maybe it's Evil Monkey's driver!!
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I can't see it happening.
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I can't see it happening.
I see what you did there
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On a similar note, has anyone ever wondered why there are braile dots at the drive up ATM? Maybe it's Evil Monkey's driver!!
That's probably because they are generically made for indoors (banks/malls) and outdoors so they just use one design to save money.

As for the license, if she is capable, I don't see why not. I probably wouldn't go to a blind person. But they cant deny her based on that alone.
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