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Generation Accessibility - Grandad and Me

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One thing most (god willing) will not avoid is growing old! It doesn't seem to matter how fit we are ageing brings new challenges. I have always had the best relationship with my Grandparents and since losing my Nannie 10 years ago I have grown particularly close to my Grandad and spend as much time with him as I can.  Grandad can be quite a grump but I love his wisdom and his belief in me.   The funny thing is although there are 55 years between us we have lots in common when it comes to how we get by on a daily basis. Grandad is not registered deafblind but he relies on assistive technologies similar to what I do and he doesn't even realise it! Grandad has worn reading glasses most of his life and they have gotten more and more magnified as he has got older.  ...
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The future will be bright if the future is Accessible!

The future will be bright if the future is Accessible!
I didn't like to think too far ahead, however I was determined to make something of my life. Thanks to amazing support at Primary School and later at College I made it through my A levels and to University. Sadly University turned out to be very similar to senior school - something of a non event, big promises of support but failure to follow through. Again let down by a system that failed in their duty of care, failed to provide accessibility or inclusion and enough really is enough. Enough fighting, of feeling anxious, misunderstood, unimportant time to move on and do something different. I spent two months soul searching could I physically and mentally deal with another two and a half years of fighting for support, fighting to be given access to a course I had for the first three months been denied. This time my GP was to...
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My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On

My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On
I thought it fitting that my first blog of 2016 should be an update on "My Applewatch Experience" after 8 months and to mention the project set up to fund it for others. I’ve read lots of posts about applewatch, some very technical, some good and some bad. For me it has been more personal, more about accessibility and inclusivity and how it has changed my life, enhanced it in ways I didn't believe to be possible. Who would have thought a watch could bring independence, aid mobilty, reduce isolation and along with it confidence. In my first blog  http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days  I talked about maps and safe navigation using taptics, my world has opened hugely and I have used this feature a great deal not just around the UK but also in Boston and Miami. It is very accurate and very impressive.  I’ve now found applewatch apps for public transport which...
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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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Let Me Be a Part

Let Me Be a Part
In a lot of my talks I often mention how grateful I am to have great family and friends. I could not imagine myself as a person without either, I really cannot. As I grew up I was very close to my parents and am lucky to have been well socialised. I have some amazing and happy memories, from days out to holidays. I always also looked forward to being with my friends at school. I have mentioned before I knew I was different pretty early on. Lots of my friends were walking to/ travelling to school independently, I was walked or was put in a taxi to get to school. I always had to leave the house with my friends to be assured of my safety or I would get my parents to drop me off exactly where I needed to be. Not being able to hear cars from...
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Just Imagine

Just Imagine
Having Usher Syndrome means deafness with a progressive blindness and for some complete blindness. None of us can possibly know if we will be unlucky enough to lose all sight, however it is a consideration. I lost so much sight so quickly the thought of any further progression has been scary and something I choose not to think about it unless I have to. At the beginning of the year I found myself in that position, through no fault of my own, where was I going with my life. The profession I'd originally dreamt of was gone and now at 20 years old I needed to reconsider what I could do being deaf and already very blind. Most would assume "Deafblind" what can she do?  Well, you'd be surprised at the things I can do! I doubted myself a lot after diagnosis, always questioning the whys and how's. The one...
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