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Air travel - Simple solutions lay in assistive technology

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I am travelling more and more these days and whilst I enjoy it I continue to find unnecessary challenges but along with the challenges I also find solutions. I would love the opportunity to speak to the airlines about the whole travel experience and accessibility for those travelling with sensory impairment, communication needs and mobility needs. Being deafblind as the word suggests I don’t hear or see well but that really is just the beginning. Two of many challenging add ons are communication and mobility. It should also be considered there are now more older people travelling who’s accessibility needs will not be too dissimilar to my own! A recent conversation with airline staff on a recent trip to Macau via Hong Kong with Virgin Atlantic really got me thinking - I should add I have had similar conversations with British Airways so clearly issues that need addressing. As most...
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Catalogue of calamity leads to my Guide dog quarantined

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I have been travelling with BA for many years, choosing between BA and another British carrier long haul but always BA in Europe. You see, I was born deaf and started going blind in 2011, registered deafblind at 12 years old and becoming a Guidedog owner at 16 years old. Travelling has been a love and desire of mine especially whilst I still have the tiniest window of vision. I have been fortunate to have been able to incorporate travel with my work in digital, accessibility, usability and raising awareness of sensory impairments including Usher Syndrome the condition that has robbed me of my hearing and sight. I'm sure you will appreciate travelling is incredibly challenging and as a result I do have real anxieties each time I am flying.  Not just because I am deafblind and use a Guidedog but because I have experienced real discrimination, lack of understanding...
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Access to sound, to people and to things

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I recently googled what is a hearing aid? The definitions varied from: Cambridge Dictionary - hearing aid meaning, definition, what is hearing aid: a device worn inside or next to the ear by people who cannot hear well in order to help…  Wikipedia - A hearing aid or deaf aid is a device designed to improve hearing. dictionary.com - Hearing aid definition, a compact electronic amplifier worn to improve one's hearing.  I could go on but let's face it most people would think the above, however this is really basic stuff and quite outdated when considering what the latest in hearing aid technology is and can achieve. I therefore googled Smart Hearing Aid from what I could see with my blind eyes there isn't a dictionary definition, evidently Smart hearing is simply a phrase, referred to in this way: The phrase Smart Hearing has been coined over the last few...
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Young Digital Leader Nomination

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I was shocked but incredibly proud to learn I had been nominated for Young Digital Leader 2017, even more surprised to be shortlisted amongst such amazing talent. Having been excluded growing up I am passionate about inclusion advocating for those with specific accessibility needs, for our ageing population, for those with temporary disabilities, also consulting and raising awareness of need with corporates all over the world. Accessibility is for us all, design and develop your website, app, property or environment with the minority in mind then you will find you have become accessible to all, never close a window. There is so much work to do in the fields of accessibility, inclusivity and usability, this really is just the beginning.   An exciting time to be involved in evolving assistive technology much of it enhancing for most and truly life changing for others. It is a time when it is...
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Wonder Women in Technology - 'Never tell me I can't!'

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I was thrilled to be asked to deliver an ‘Ignite’ presentation at this event at the Ministry Of Justice building in Westminster. An Ignite presentation was a first for me. I have been a keynote presenter for 7 years and had never heard of an Ignite presentation. After some research I discovered Ignite is a series of moving slides 15 seconds per slide and for this particular event I was asked to put together 20 slides - the shortest presentation I have ever been asked to provide and in a format I am not familiar with but hey, I am not afraid of a challenge! After setting up my presentation and manually going through them I could not find any clue as to how to get the slides to slide every 15 seconds - thank goodness for my technical friends on social media and to the truly inspiring Lisa Mae...
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