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Advocating for those living with accessibility needs. Sharing experiences, raising awareness and understanding of how assistive accessible technology enhances and enables those in need.


Mr Cane in the Rain

Over the years I have become more and more anxious in and around London. I live about 40 minutes away from the city in a small town. Not a lot goes on in the town I live in.  Growing up I loved visits to London it really is fantastic, a City I love. However, as my sight progressively got worse, I became more stressed in crowded areas, that horrible feeling of claustrophobia. Moorfield Eye Hospital became the only reason I would go to London, a day at Moorfield Eye Hospital is not a pleasant day out.  At one point I was living independently on the outskirts of London, from a convenience point of view and as a guide-dog owner, this was fab. Hopping on and off the bus to get anywhere, the buses were so regular and reliable, I loved it.  Being on the outskirts of London was perfect, it...
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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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Tools to Navigate Usher Syndrome

Tools to Navigate Usher Syndrome
I wrote about my very early experience with my Apple Watch and I'm continuing to use it, experimenting with the apps that I am able to access and those I think can be helpful / useful to me as a deafblind, guide dog owner. My Apple Watch certainly isn't an expensive gimmick to me. Taptics is definitely the most amazing accessibility tool for those with dual sensory impairment. At the moment it is very rare to find anything with good accessibility for the deafblind.  Up until now it has been very much for the blind or the deaf and single sensory impairment consideration often does not work for those with Usher Syndrome. Unis my gorgeous guide dog has made my life easier, making me more independent, she gets me from a to b safely, however, Unis can only go where I ask her to. Unis knows familiar routes, which is...
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