Disabled Access Day 2019

Happy Disabled Access Day! 🙂

Disabled Access Day aims to promote the accessible experiences that are available for disabled people, and this year’s event is encouraging people to “try something new and send a review”. I myself am going to an event today and will post my thoughts on it in due course, along with other accessible events that I’m attending this month.

Today is important because it helps to raise awareness of the importance of accessibility for all. It is a basic human right for everyone to have equal access to products, services, experiences, etc, including disabled people, because we need, desire and enjoy the same things as everyone else. We’re all human at the end of the day. Yet there are still many barriers to access and things that need to be improved, which is one reason why there are so many visually impaired bloggers and disabled bloggers who discuss their accessibility issues on a regular basis

However, it’s just as important to celebrate the positives as well. There are already lots of accessible experiences out there, and Disabled Access Day is a great opportunity to promote them. Because it’s not always obvious what’s available. Even now I’m still discovering things in London despite living here for 2 years! So to have a day full of organised events to choose from is a great initiative, which will hopefully inspire disabled people to discover and do more, and inspire other individuals and organisations to take notice and work to improve access for all.

So with that in mind, I’m very proud to have been asked to write 2 guest posts for today, highlighting the accessible experiences that I’ve been enjoying in London. So please do check them out, and I hope you enjoy them:

You can also check out reviews of my cultural experiences by following the links on my museum and theatre pages, among my other out and about posts. I also have lots of posts about living with my visual impairment if you want to understand that aspect further.

Disclaimer: The Old Vic kindly gave me tickets to a show in exchange for my post, while I was not gifted for the London Vision post. In both cases, however, all views are my own.

2018 Review

My second year in London has flown by, and what an incredible year it’s been, full of even bigger surprises and adventures than the first. Raising £920 from my charity abseil for nystagmus research and giving a speech to primary school children about growing up with sight loss were 2 of my biggest and most surprising achievements this year without a doubt, but there’s been so much more going on as well.

I really do feel like I’ve settled in properly now. I’ll always want to experiment with new things and meet new people, that’s one of the many great things that living in such a wonderful city enables you to do. But the foundations I laid by doing that in 2017 definitely enabled me to have more confidence in 2018, so I had a much better idea of the things I enjoyed doing most, I was less shy around people, and I made more friends on an individual level beyond just going to social groups.

My blogging has also gone well this year. It’s only ever been a hobby on the side – I’m not after fame or money or PR opportunities or anything like that – so I’ve never been worried about the numbers. But it is nice to check the figures at the end of the year, and I’m delighted that my subscriber counts have gone up so well:

  • Blog = 132 followers (more than doubled from 60 last year).
  • Youtube = 400 subscribers (doubled from 200).
  • Twitter = 570 followers (nearly doubled from 300).
  • Instagram = 300 followers (more than trebled from 90).
  • Facebook = 63 followers (my page was still very new back in 2017, so I didn’t note the figure back then).

They may not be huge numbers compared to some, but they’re great for me, and my efforts have already been far more rewarding than I ever could have anticipated. I’ve continued to get many amazing opportunities and lots of wonderful feedback, been invited to do various guests posts, and have made wonderful friends in person as well as online, all as a direct result of my posts and videos. So I’m getting far more success and satisfaction from this than I’d ever expected or could have hoped for, and if things continue to go so well then I’ll be very happy!

So thank you ever so much to everyone who has followed and supported my adventures, whether you’ve joined over the past year or have been with me since I started this blog nearly 3 years ago. It’s greatly appreciated that you find my posts interesting, entertaining and inspiring, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me in 2019.

But before we get into the new year, here’s a look back at what I’ve been up to in 2018. I’ve published Favourites posts and videos for every month, which you can get to by clicking the monthly headings below. And you can also see more in-depth posts, photos and videos about particular things linked throughout the text in bold (but there will be even more links in the Favourites posts themselves of course).

So I hope you enjoy this recap of the year, and thank you again for being a part of it and sharing it with me. And a very Happy New Year too! I hope that 2019 is a great one for you! 🙂

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Blogger Interview – Carol (The Invisible Vision Project)

It’s time to showcase another blogger as part of my little series of interviews, and today I’m delighted to introduce you to Xin (Carol) Sun, who many of you may already know as the author of The Invisible Vision Project.

On Monday she very kindly posted an interview with me on her website, so in return I’m very pleased to share an interview with her here, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Please do go and check out her blog as well, where she’s got a lot of wonderful posts, and follow her on social media using the links at the end. She’ll really appreciate it!

So big thanks to Carol for collaborating with me, and let’s get on with the interview!

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Guest Blogger Interviews #4

I’ve been featured in another guest interview! Thank you so much to Carol at The Invisible Vision Project for including me in her Guest Blogger series, I hope you all enjoy reading my answers to her questions. And be sure to look out for her interview on my blog very soon too! 🙂

The Invisible Vision Project

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to The Invisible Vision Project’s Blog and, welcome to another episode of Guest Blogger Interviews, currently at Interview #4. For today’s interview, we have a guest blogger, Glen from Well Eye Never. Now, let’s get right into the interview with Glen:

  1. Please briefly introduce yourself.
    Hi, my name is Glen, I’m 35 years old and I live in London. When I’m not doing my day job, I love going out and about in the city, making new friends and blogging about my adventures.
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
    I love going to the theatre, exploring museums, having fun at game and quiz nights, eating out, taking long walks and socialising with friends. And at home I love listening to music, and watching comedies and action dramas.
  3. Name your strengths? And your lacking?
    I have a calm and positive outlook on life, I’m honest and never…

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Blogger Interview – Chelsey (VI Blind Resources)

Last month I was very kindly featured on the blog VI Blind Resources, after Chelsey interviewed me about being raised by visually impaired parents. It’s not something I’ve really written about here on my blog, so do go and give it a read to find out a bit more about me.

In exchange for that, I’m delighted to feature an interview with Chelsey here on my blog. She regularly posts on her blog and YouTube channel and across social media, and she even makes the effort to provide written descriptions for images and audio descriptions in her videos. So do go and check her out, and I hope you enjoy this little interview with her. Thank you to Chelsey for featuring me and answering my questions!

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September 2018 Favourites

Time for another monthly update, and it’s fair to say that September was very busy and productive, as well as throwing up one or two surprises, which in turn are paving the way for a very interesting October. There is of course a video to go with this post, and I hope you enjoy this little catch-up as usual!

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Raised by Visionally Impaired Parents: An Interview with Glen from Well Eye Never!

Here’s my most recent guest post to share with you all. This time I was interviewed by Chelsey from VI Blind Resources about what it’s like for me to have visually impaired parents. I hope you enjoy reading it! This brings me up to date at the moment, but I have another interview with another blogger coming soon, so keep an eye out for that.

While I’m here, thank you so much to everyone who has donated to my charity abseil and/or shared my tweets about it. It’s all very much appreciated. I’m now up to £765, thanks in particular to an astonishing £250 (plus £62.50 Gift Aid) donation from TV’s own Richard Osman this morning, which I’m still in shock about! That is extremely generous, so massive thanks to you sir! Everyone who has donated is credited on my Thank You page, including quite a few fellow bloggers now.

There are still 3 days to go before the abseil takes place, so if you want to give me your support before then, you can donate at JustGiving.com/WellEyeNever, or in the UK you can also text WENA80 plus a space and your amount to 70070 (e.g. WENA80 £5). You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by text message. Thanks for your support! 🙂

VIBlindResources

by Chelsey Zumpano

Glin is a fellow Blogger and YouTuber, he’s also visionally impaired, but unlike me he has been raised by parents who also happend to be visionally impaired. So I asked him some questions about what it was like growing up.

1 Do you have the same visual impairment as your parents and either way what is the name/names of it?

I have the same conditions as my mother – aniridia and nystagmus. Aniridia means I don’t have an iris (the coloured circle) in my eye, so my eyes don’t adjust to changes in light properly. As a result, I’m very sensitive to glare and I find it hard to adjust in the dark. Nystagmus means my eyes shake and wobble all the time. This makes it harder for me to focus on things, unless they’re close up or enlarged.

My mother’s sight got a lot worse over…

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An Interview with Glen Well Eye Never (Guest Blog Post #3)

Yesterday’s reblog of a guest post went down very well, so here’s another – an interview with me on Amanda Gene’s blog, the first time I’ve been interviewed by another blogger (but already not the last). So do check that out, and Amanda’s blog in general. And in return I’ve also done an interview with Amanda on my blog too, so do give that a read as well. Thank you to Amanda for featuring me! 🙂

P.S. While I’m here, there’s just a week to go until my charity abseil for nystagmus research. So if you can sponsor me it would be very much appreciated, while I try and psyche myself up for the big leap!

Amanda Gene

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend Glen. He is the fantastic blogger and YouTuber who runs Well Eye Never. Many thanks to Glen for allowing me to interview him and for allowing him to interview me in return. Don’t forget to check out his website 🙂

  1. What is your name?
    Glen Turner
  2. Age?
    In a few days time I’ll be 35 years old.
  3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?
    My parents also have sight loss like myself, and have always encouraged and supported me to achieve whatever I want to do. At the school for the visually impaired I went to, the teachers there were also very supportive and really helped me to grow in confidence. My friends also mean a lot to me and inspire me, of course. And the blogging community has been so welcoming and supportive of my…

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Celebrating Diversity Amongst Bloggers — Post 6

Recently I’ve been invited to do a number of interviews with other bloggers, which has been very flattering. I’ve promoted them on social media and in my favourites posts, and linked to them on my blogger collaborations page, but it occurs to me that I should reblog them as well, to help draw attention to them and give a bit more promotion to the lovely bloggers in question.

So this is the first post, one in a series running on Kel’s wonderful blog Consider Yourself Warned. Check out all the posts in his “Celebrating Diversity Amongst Bloggers” series, as there are a great mix of people featured. Thank you Kel! 🙂

Blogger Interview – Amanda Gene

This is a new type of post for me – an interview exchange with another blogger! Amanda Gene came to me with the idea, having interviewed some other bloggers already, and I was of course very flattered and happy to take part!

Amanda has already published her interview with me, so do go and check that out:

An Interview With Glen

I’d love to do more posts like this too. I think it’s a really nice way to learn about other people, for the same reason that tag posts are so enjoyable. Plus it’s very important to support and promote each other in the blogging community, especially as disabled bloggers get overlooked somewhat (which is why I’ve created lists of bloggers who post about sight loss, disability, London & entertainment). So if anybody wants to do an exchange of Q&As like this, feel free to contact me.

Anyway, here is the interview I did with Amanda. I hope you enjoy it. Do give her a follow if you can, all of her social links are at the end of the post. Thank you so much to Amanda for featuring me on her blog and for answering my questions here as well! She gives great advice on blogging and interacting with disabled people, and it’s really interesting to get an insight into her disability and the things she enjoys.

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