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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:32

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…
Saturday, 05 August 2017 13:57

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  I could go on but let's face it most people would think the above, however this is really basic stuff and quite outdated when considering what the latest in…
Monday, 12 June 2017 13:56

Young Digital Leader Nomination

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I was shocked but incredibly proud to learn I had been nominated for Young Digital Leader 2017, even more surprised to be shortlisted amongst such amazing talent. Having been excluded growing up I am passionate about inclusion advocating for those with specific accessibility needs, for our ageing population, for those with temporary disabilities, also consulting and raising awareness of need with corporates all over the world. Accessibility is for us all, design and develop your website, app, property or environment with the minority in mind then you will find you have become accessible to all, never close a window. There…
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I was thrilled to be asked to deliver an ‘Ignite’ presentation at this event at the Ministry Of Justice building in Westminster. An Ignite presentation was a first for me. I have been a keynote presenter for 7 years and had never heard of an Ignite presentation. After some research I discovered Ignite is a series of moving slides 15 seconds per slide and for this particular event I was asked to put together 20 slides - the shortest presentation I have ever been asked to provide and in a format I am not familiar with but hey, I am…
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:53

My Naidex Accessibility Experience - 2017

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I was invited to speak at the Naidex’s conference at the N.E.C in Birmingham in March. Naidex; innovations for the future of the independent living industry. Naidex is Europe’s biggest and most  far- reaching trade, professional and consumer  show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment. The topic of my presentation was ‘Inclusive technology and how to make it more mainstream’ along with snippets and referrals to my own story.  Knowing the nature of this event I had imagined not only a variety of people presenting and showing equipment but also a mix…
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