Because of my sight problem, I get taxis to and from work, the cost of which is subsidised by the Access To Work scheme (I still pay a chunk of each fare myself, and I’m happy doing that). Access To Work have also paid for the magnification software and CCTV video magnifier I use in the office. It’s such an important scheme, as it really helps disabled people in the workplace. It’s certainly helped me for about a decade now. I suspect not all employers are aware of its existence however, and there are probably some disabled people who don’t know about it either. So it’s worth noting that it’s there.
I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and this time I’m moving on to the letter B. I’m continuing to add the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. 🙂
I’ve just received, and have happily started watching, Doctor Who Series 9 on Blu-ray. I’m drafting a separate review post of that as I go along, but coming from a visually impaired person’s perspective, I’m very pleased to see they’re continuing with audio navigation and audio description on the discs. Sherlock gets the same treatment as well.
It’s not a feature I personally need to use, but I do have friends who use it. And it’s understandably frustrating that such audio assistance isn’t more widespread.
I love listening to music, I always enjoy having it on in the background. Most of what I like best is classic rock and pop from the 1950s to the 1980s (especially the 70s and 80s) and some early 90s, and soundtracks to TV shows or films I particularly like, but there are other bits and pieces I enjoy as well. So in the interests of adding a bit of variety to my blog, I thought I’d work through my extensive iTunes collection by artist, picking out tracks I particularly like.
I won’t pick out every song I like by every artist I mention, as that would go on forever. But it will still be a big selection, so you can see the variety of tracks I have, and hopefully you’ll like some of them too. Suffice to say, this will get rather random sometimes. 🙂
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. And thanks to the wonderful Emily Davison from Fashioneyesta, I was finally tagged to do it.
It was originally created by Chatty Chelby, and it’s an interesting way of telling the community about yourself. So I’ve put my answers together in this post, and have also produced a video version too. I hope you enjoy my responses!
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.
A summary of this post was featured in Scope’s blog for Anti-Bullying Week.
Today I wanted to look back at 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. I’ve also made a video about my school days which relates closely to this post.