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How my past is shaping my future!

IMG_3276 Happy New Year 2019
Being grateful to those who took me under their wing has always been a given, not just because I was helped and nurtured along a very difficult road but those special people never stopped believing in me when I found it so hard to believe in myself.  Today I can also thank those who have wronged me along my journey, I have learnt so much from the bullying and cruelty I endured throughout my senior school education (14-17yrs old).  I could have quite easily given up but sheer determination and the strongest of support systems have seen me through.  My path was never going to be straight forward living with a progressive condition like Usher Syndrome but it definitely could have been made significantly easier! From being bullied by deaf kids who were quick to tell me I was a poor excuse of a deaf person because I’m oral and couldn’t...
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My LinkedIn Review 2018

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Ever had trouble finding employment?  Wondered how you could explore your options in various other industries - we all tend to fall back to searching the internet, something most can take for granted! We are always after more resources and more information, with our App Store ever growing with the various communities expanding more and more enabling people to connect more easily.  Be it social networking or dating sites, so much choice, however, for business most will turn to LinkedIn, for me personally it’s Twitter The LinkedIn motto on their desktop website “Be great at what you do” - I so wish that applied to inclusive accessibility!  As many of you know my personal experience on LinkedIn is not as inclusive as it could be. My ability to show my LinkedIn connections really is a true challenge.  I have to admit it was my Dad that recommended I went on LinkedIn,...
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Air travel - Simple solutions lay in assistive technology

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I am travelling more and more these days and whilst I enjoy it I continue to find unnecessary challenges but along with the challenges I also find solutions. I would love the opportunity to speak to the airlines about the whole travel experience and accessibility for those travelling with sensory impairment, communication needs and mobility needs. Being deafblind as the word suggests I don’t hear or see well but that really is just the beginning. Two of many challenging add ons are communication and mobility. It should also be considered there are now more older people travelling who’s accessibility needs will not be too dissimilar to my own! A recent conversation with airline staff on a recent trip to Macau via Hong Kong with Virgin Atlantic really got me thinking - I should add I have had similar conversations with British Airways so clearly issues that need addressing. As most who...
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Catalogue of calamity leads to my Guide dog quarantined

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I have been travelling with BA for many years, choosing between BA and another British carrier long haul but always BA in Europe. You see, I was born deaf and started going blind in 2011, registered deafblind at 12 years old and becoming a Guidedog owner at 16 years old. Travelling has been a love and desire of mine especially whilst I still have the tiniest window of vision. I have been fortunate to have been able to incorporate travel with my work in digital, accessibility, usability and raising awareness of sensory impairments including Usher Syndrome the condition that has robbed me of my hearing and sight. I'm sure you will appreciate travelling is incredibly challenging and as a result I do have real anxieties each time I am flying.  Not just because I am deafblind and use a Guidedog but because I have experienced real discrimination, lack of understanding and...
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Access to sound, to people and to things

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I recently googled what is a hearing aid? The definitions varied from: Cambridge Dictionary - hearing aid meaning, definition, what is hearing aid: a device worn inside or next to the ear by people who cannot hear well in order to help…  Wikipedia - A hearing aid or deaf aid is a device designed to improve hearing. dictionary.com - Hearing aid definition, a compact electronic amplifier worn to improve one's hearing.  I could go on but let's face it most people would think the above, however this is really basic stuff and quite outdated when considering what the latest in hearing aid technology is and can achieve. I therefore googled Smart Hearing Aid from what I could see with my blind eyes there isn't a dictionary definition, evidently Smart hearing is simply a phrase, referred to in this way: The phrase Smart Hearing has been coined over the last few years....
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