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Talking accessibility at Media City

Talking accessibility at Media City
I was lucky to be invited to speak to the BBC's Accessibility Champions, they had all come together from all over the country to Salford's Media City. A fantastic audience to talk about two of my biggest passions, accessibility and technology. Speaking about the difficulties so many have in accessing the things many take for granted. I'm always delighted to get questions after a presentation.  Several questions were based on my online experiences using the BBC website and also the BBC iplayer app. I use the iplayer app most regularly, I rarely watch television.  The reason for this is the use of colours on the app is far more acceptable to me with my poor vision.  The dark backgrounds are less painful on my eyes, on anybody's eyes but especially damaged ones. I access iplayer on my MacBook or iPad, I can personalise and the smaller screen works so much...
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Guide dog Unis my flying companion

  Over the past months I have blogged a fair amount about British Airways both good and bad and thought a few flights further down the line it appropriate to revisit the whole "flying with guidedog" subject again. In May I had a horrendous time with BA both outward journey and inbound.  I was not with Guidedog Unis on this occasion and though on booking the airline had been informed of my deafblindness the information had failed to reach all departments and therefore my needs were not taken in to account. British Airways took the matter very seriously and as a result changed their ticketing facility to enable deaf blind to be printed on a ticket for the first time ever, previously only deaf or blind could be recorded.  It was a fantastic achievement and I am very thankful that BA took this onboard and made these important changes, as...
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Dynamic Text Fest - updated

Dynamic text galore! As we all know Apple products, get fairly regular software updates.  I had read and heard a few things about iOS 10, but was intending on waiting to experience it before making comments. A few instant differences, my text seems larger. I already had larger text enabled via Accessibility settings and with this some apps enable dynamic text so also enlarge text, however, in settings my text seems clearer, larger and bolder, very positive, though not all text size is consistent through all apps.  There was a lot of chat about a new iMessage. I couldn't imagine how it could be improved.  Instantly noticeable are now three symbols, the 'camera' symbol being instantly recognisable, however, the the other two symbols I had to scrutinise!   After some time zooming in I discovered the middle is 'digital touch,' like on Apple Watch, though this isn't quite as simple....
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Resound Roadshow - June 2016

In June this year I was invited to speak on one of GN ReSound’s roadshows. I was particularly interested in this roadshow as it involved speaking to audiences of NHS audiologists around the country. There were 5 locations, Glasgow, York, Nantwich, London and Bristol. It was a fabulous opportunity to raise awareness of Usher Syndrome and how the needs of the deafblind differ to the needs of the deaf, of my experiences of going from deaf to deafblind and my reliance on the best possible assistive technology, the importance of best possible smart hearing aids which without a doubt can and do compensate with the onset of blindness.  As most of us on the Usher Syndrome journey start out as deaf individuals audiologists really must understand and identify the initial signs of the condition and consider how different a journey life is being deafblind. Having had my Linx2 hearing aids...
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Technology and Healthcare - Bring it on!

Technology and Healthcare - Bring it on!
It was very concerning to read Sense's report https://www.sense.org.uk/content/equal-access-healthcare and made me sit down and seriously consider my own situation regarding healthcare. I would say I am amongst the more capable of deafblind people, which often goes against me when it comes to support, which as always comes down to a lack of understanding of Usher Syndrome. Usher Syndrome is the most common cause of congenital deafblindness and we all have daily varying challenges, healthcare is just one of the many! Starting from the beginning, my beginning: All appointments and there are lots, are expected to be made either on the telephone, face to face or in writing.   The obvious problems here are lots of people with or without hearing aids cannot use a telephone and would therefore have to rely on somebody else or face to face.   Face to face means getting somewhere possibly twice, to make...
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