Guest Post – The Best Festivals For Accessibility

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! ūüôā

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Room 101 – My Visually Impaired Frustrations

For my 101st post, I thought I‚Äôd 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‚Äôs 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.

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Aniridia Day – My Shining Success Story

Happy¬†Aniridia Day! ūüôā

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.

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Train Of Thought #AllTheStations

When I was looking ahead¬†to my move to London, I was naturally looking online for various things to do with the city. And on Youtube I quickly fell in love with the videos made by¬†Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe, which are a joy to watch (it’s important to stress at I’m not affiliated with them, this is all personal opinion only).

You can see their clips¬†on Londonist and Geoff’s own channel, Geofftech. They’ve made¬†videos about¬†secrets of the Underground, the least used stations in the country, facts about London, vlogs and more. So it’s not just about the railways. But it is a big passion of theirs, so a lot of their videos are related to it in some form.

That may sound boring at first, but Geoff and Vicki aren’t trainspotters, and the videos aren’t specifically aimed at trainspotters. You don’t need to be into trains and railways in a big way to enjoy them. These are accessible, fun and informative videos that aren’t nerdy or patronising. They’re looking more closely at a rail network that millions of us take for granted on a daily basis, and considering the history and features that are unique and unusual to¬†each location.¬†They clearly love what they do, and it shows.

And right now, they’re embarking on their¬†most ambitious project yet, called All The Stations, and it’s the reason behind my latest outing this weekend.

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Springing Into Action

It’s been a couple of months since I last made a post here. So now that Spring is upon us and the weather is improving, I thought I’d do a bit of a catch-up to let you know how things are going, as I have been busy lately. So this is going to be a long mixture of all sorts of things.

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New York Streets & Times Square (Video Transcript)

There are 2 versions of this clip Рone is my original footage, and the other is with my audio commentary. This post is the transcript of my audio commentary.

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World Trade Center (Video Transcript)

There are 2 versions of this clip Рone is my original footage, and the other is with my audio commentary. This post is the transcript of my audio commentary.

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