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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.


'Virtual Reality, bring it on'

'Virtual Reality, bring it on'
Not so long ago I attended a Virtual Reality workshop, hosted by Maneesh Juneja, Digital Health Futurist. Before attending I spoke with my GP to be sure virtual reality would not be detrimental to my condition and would be a recommendation to anybody using this equipment - for me the possibility of dizziness, nauseousness, both or neither.  Dizziness I suffer with anyway so nothing out of the ordinary. I was delighted to meet up with Mannish again and to meet Mike, Shirley and Helen for the first time, all people I have met thanks to Twitter. I knew there were various headsets to try, and was intrigued as to how this might impact on Health and Social Care. Maneesh presented himself very clearly and had a very accessible presentation and covered a lot that day.  It became very clear the first obstacle would be price, something that all too often...
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BA you listened could you listen a little more?

After my recent report regarding very unacceptable treatment whilst flying British Airways Premium Economy to Las Vegas in May I’m very pleased to announce that they have at least changed their ticketing practice and are now able to add both deaf and blind instead of just one disability, this should now make very clear to all staff the unique accessibility needs of any deafblind traveller travelling and to ensure the appropriate support /assistance is in place.  I was very pleased to see this on my ticket for my flight last month to Glasgow. This is absolutely a step in the right direction however there is still work to do.  I have suggested to British Airways have all safety instructions and menu’s available on the iPads each staff member appears to have which would then solve the issue of accessibility for the majority with blindness, visual impairment or low vision, how...
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Accessibility NOT Good Enough

As weeks go this one has not been a good one for me accessibility wise. Two very big names in business both under performing. It is a given, shouldn't be, but that in order to access specific accessibility requirements Companies like notice ahead of any appointment /meeting - something I learnt very early on and whilst most insist these requirements be advised over the telephone it is not until a year ago that I was able to do this.   I am now one of the ‘lucky ones’ thanks to the incredible hearing aid technology I enjoy (ReSound Linx2).   We should however, remember lots of deaf and deafblind people still are unable to use telephones! My first experience this week was with Barclay’s Bank Plc.   An appointment had been made by telephone, the lady I was to see called my mother’s mobile number.  Fortunately the call came through...
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My Applewatch after 365 Days

My Applewatch after 365 Days
A year ago I first blogged about my applewatch , link below, the reaction was unbelievable. I fully intended to return my applewatch within 14 days, however, it transported me on a journey into a new world of accessibility, confidence and independence. In three words I’d describe it as 'Accessible, Enabling and Empowering'. I guess the best way to explain why it has been a game changer for me is to give an idea of what I deal with on a daily basis having  Usher Syndrome (deafblindness).  Besides being severely deaf, blind and deafblind and the obvious not being able to hear or see well there are the added extras people often don’t consider.  Communication, mobility and little awareness. As a result of my condition I have suffered with anxiety and depression, mainly because of lack of understanding. I rely on technology, for me it isn't simply about having the latest...
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Accessibility, my Nemesis

Accessibility, my Nemesis
  We really need to get beyond the assumption that all deaf people hear nothing and all blind people see nothing. There are those with no sight at all and there are people with no hearing at all, however there are lots of variations in between. People born blind are different to those who go blind and the same with deafness, all need to be considered for accessibility. I'm no expert, have just learnt these things since going from deaf to deafblind as a result of Usher Syndrome. Being born deaf means I was brought up a visual learner and even though registered blind, not partially sighted, I choose to use my 5 degrees of useful vision to access information. I accept that at some stage I might need to transition to voiceover, I am fortunate, I could access voiceover with my linx2 hearing aids, with my previous Phonak hearing...
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