In this post and video I’m going to discuss my first experiences with audio description in London, for museum galleries, theatre shows, cinema screenings and walking tours.
For this post and video, I’m doing the small Youtuber tag, which I decided to do after seeing Annie Elainey’s video. I don’t know if she originally created the tag but that’s where I found it. Her Youtube channel is well worth checking out as well, she’s a brilliant disability campaigner and blogger.
Anyway, on with my answers to the tag, I hope you enjoy!
This is the first guest post I’ve ever had on this blog, which is a nice way of marking the fact that I recently passed 100 posts. And it doesn’t have to be the last either – if any of my blogging friends would like to collaborate on something, especially those that I already follow and enjoy, then I’m open to ideas.
This post is from the Ability Superstore Blog, where they regularly post useful advice and links for disabled people on a variety of topics – in this case talking about accessibility at music festivals. I love music and going out and about, so this is a perfect topic for me.
This is being posted at the same time as a guest post by me on their site. It’s all about how I’ve grown in confidence over the years, so please go and check it out!
Thank you so much to Natalie for inviting me to do that, and for giving me permission to reproduce her post below in return. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
For my 101st post, I thought I’d do something a bit like the TV show Room 101 (where celebrities nominate their pet hates to be locked away forever). It’s named after the torture chamber in George Orwell’s novel 1984, which is said to contain “the worst thing in the world”. We also had a Room 101 at my college which was rather memorable, because it was the examinations office! So that felt both appropriate and ominous!
So I wanted to do a post along those lines, using it as an excuse to list some things that frustrate or irritate me because I have a visual impairment. I’ve also made a Youtube video to accompany it. It’s not at all intended to be offensive or to upset anyone, and I’m not a negative or moaning person. I’m actually very positive, as I’ve hopefully conveyed throughout this blog. But it’s nice to get some things off your chest now and again, and to try and spread a bit of awareness in the process.
Happy Aniridia Day! 🙂
Today we’re celebrating people’s achievements and ambitions with Aniridia, as part of the Shining Success campaign, for which I edited a promo video I’m very proud of. There are also Facebook and Twitter pages for the day, where people are sharing their stories, photos and videos to mark the occasion, so please do check them out.
It’s already bringing people together with aniridia who have never met before, and helping to spread a positive message of positivity, support, solidarity and hope for the future. And if you want to find aniridia support groups, the links on my Disability Links page may help.
So this post is my contribution for the day, talking about my own achievements and ambitions, as someone living with aniridia. This is also available as a video as well.
As you may know if you’ve followed me for a while, I have the rare eye condition Aniridia. It basically means I don’t have an iris in my eye, and as that would normally control the size of the pupil, it means I’m more sensitive to natural light and glare than normal people and find it harder to adjust in the dark. I also have nystagmus, which many people with aniridia also have, but I want to talk about aniridia specifically here.
I’ve written about Living With Aniridia before, and posted a video as well, so they should help to explain what it is, at least from my perspective. Plus there are links to organisations connected with Aniridia on my Disability Links page.
So this post relates to that, as it’s about the first ever Aniridia Day that is being held on Wednesday June 21. If you can share this information, or just something like the video, website, Facebook or Twitter pages I’m about to mention, in as many places as possible, it’d be very much appreciated! And please do RT the stuff I keep tweeting and sharing about it on my own Twitter feed as well.
Being visually impaired, one of the things I’m naturally keen to do is get to know other people with sight loss in London now that I’ve moved here. And I’ve already met a few such people individually, and have plans to meet others, so I’ve made a good start. But in this past week I took another important step by meeting up with a local social group for people with sight loss for the first time.