Some people are naturally curious about how visually impaired and blind people can use smartphones, given that modern devices rely heavily on touch screens instead of having many buttons. So I thought I’d write about how I’ve set mine up, to make it easier for me to use.
Note: Since writing this post, I have also created a video version, which you might like to check out.
While looking around Youtube channels and blogs by other visually impaired people, I’ve seen the VIP (Visually Impaired Person) Tag come up numerous times. It was originally created by Chatty Chelby, and it’s an interesting way of telling the community about yourself. So I thought I’d tag along and do it as well.
I don’t have a guide dog, because I can see well enough not to need one. But I have many friends who do use them, and I would certainly consider applying for one if my sight ever deteriorated to a level where it might be useful. They are the most beautiful and amazing animals, and I have a lot of respect and admiration for them, and for those who train and use them. They aren’t just pets, they’re a real lifeline to their owners, enabling so much freedom and independence.
And yet, sadly, there are still people out there who don’t understand or respect guide dogs or the blind people who need them – something which has, yet again, become clear in the past few days.
Today I wanted to look back and do a post about how my confidence has developed over the years, after a difficult start. At home it’s never been a problem – my parents are both visually impaired, so they and my relatives have always been understanding and supportive from the outset. But away from the family, it hasn’t always been as easy.
One of the things that some non-disabled people find surprising about me is that I’m not easily offended, and that I’m more than happy to make jokes at my own expense. I touched on that point fleetingly in my previous post, but I wanted to go into it a little more.
Today, through a link on Facebook, I saw an old blog post called Mind Your Language on the Action for Blind People website. It’s an interesting analysis of the type of language used to describe people’s disabilities.
I personally describe myself as ‘visually impaired’ or ‘partially sighted’, as it succinctly describes what I am (and I am registered as ‘partially sighted’ with my local council).
In this post I want to write about being Best Man at my best friend’s wedding last year. I’ve also uploaded a video version, featuring photos of me in my grey suit on the day. The transcript of that video is a copy of the text below, with just a few minor alterations.