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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:59

Accessibility NOT Good Enough

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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).  …
Friday, 29 April 2016 18:00

My Applewatch after 365 Days

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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…
Monday, 11 April 2016 18:02

Accessibility, my Nemesis

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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…
Monday, 04 April 2016 18:28

Growing Knowledge means Growing Accessibility Kit!

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I recently blogged about my preference of twitter and a few reasons why.  Following on from those comments I have been very fortunate to meet with some amazing people since using Twitter as a networking tool to raise awareness of Usher Syndrome, it’s challenges and what we need to access the world. One of many people who made contact with me after my applewatch blog was the inspirational Maneesh Juneja.   Maneesh who is a Digital Health Futurist would tag me in various posts he thought might be useful to me and, excuse the pun, opened my eyes to both…
Thursday, 24 March 2016 18:31

My Enabling "Accessibility Kit"

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I was recently asked to trial the new ReSound Multi Mic.  It is a tiny piece of kit with bluetooth connectivity to my Linx2 hearing aids, iPhone and applewatch so absolutely perfect accessibility for me. Multi Mic can be used by being attached to one person, by being placed on a table enabling brilliant accessibility to small group conversation.  It can also be used as a microphone up to 25 metres. I collected the Multi Mic from the guys at ReSound on my way to an event.  As usual I was given time and a full explanation as to how…
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