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For Texas’ program of blind merchants, the pandemic shrank opportunities, exposed income gaps

The Business Enterprises of Texas program offers visually impaired vendors food service contracts in government buildings.

Dannine helps Jerry House grab snacks needed for his vending machines from Sam's Club on Jan. 17, 2024. They grab a variety of nuts, chips, pastries and candy to fill the machines.

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Jerry House holds onto Dannine's arm for guidance at Sam's Club on Jan. 17, 2024. As they walk, Dannine makes sure to lead House around the store as they get snacks for House's vending machines.

Shrinking Access

Karla Martinez uses a trackpad to navigate around an enlarged screen on Jan. 18, 2024. One software that Martinez uses to enlarge text on the computer is a software called MAGic.
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Karla Martinez reads a sign while wokring at the Travis Cafe on Jan. 18, 2024. Martinez operates the Travis Cafe.

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