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Shame on You Facebook, Shame on You

Shame on You Facebook, Shame on You
My Grandad and I have a special relationship, particularly since my Nan died. We live 200 miles apart and don't see each other as much as we would like to, at 75 he hasn't been too keen on technology making communication between us difficult. He had an old Nokia mobile phone for years but only used it now and then. Being deaf / deafblind it was hard for me to communicate with him by telephone using my old hearing aids, so although I knew he was and is always there for me I was often isolated from him and him from me. My parents had offered to buy him an iPad for Christmas over and over and he continuously said no until last Christmas when he had a change of mind. I am deafblind and my Grandad is 75 but we both benefit from the same accessibility settings on the...
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No Sight, No Sound, No Social Media!

No Sight, No Sound, No Social Media!
Being born with a condition is very different to acquiring one, I have the experience of both! I was born deaf, hearing aids from 18 months old, audiology appointments, speech therapy and a specialist teacher of the deaf for support.  It was all I knew until I was 12 years old and it all worked very well.  It all changed when I was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome. I was told I'd go blind but that it would be a gradual process, for me I went from perfect sight to registered blind in two years, I have been one of the unlucky ones. I was born with perfect sight and being deaf meant I used my eyes to compensate for my deafness. I relied on my eyes to lipread, to learn to speak, I could see facial and body gestures which helped me understand mood, happy, sad, angry.  Often when in...
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