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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Twitter Image Descriptions

This video demonstrates how to activate and use image descriptions on Twitter, from the mobile and desktop sites. These are very important for visually impaired people, as it enables them to understand, enjoy and interact with your content more fully.

More detailed instructions can be found on Twitter’s help page, and¬†I also recommend the videos by Annie Elainey¬†and James Rath explaining the importance of image descriptions.

 

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Audio Description On Youtube #AudioDescribeYT (Video Transcript)

Audio Description #AudioDescribeYT

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Youtube Subtitles

A little while back I wrote a blog post about audio description for TV shows and films, and audio navigation on DVD menus. Things like that really help people who are visually impaired.¬†But if you have partial or complete hearing loss, then that kind of feature isn’t much use. Instead, the equivalent form¬†of assistance for such¬†people is subtitles and captions, which display a text transcript of what people are saying and what sounds can be heard. And these also¬†make a huge difference. And experimenting with it on Youtube has earned me a shoutout on a fellow blogger’s channel, which I’m very flattered about. If you’ve come here because of that video, which I’ll mention later, then hi! ūüôā

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Using RNIB Overdrive

Recently I wrote about audiobooks, including¬†an overview of¬†the RNIB Overdrive¬†service, where you can download books for free from the RNIB’s Talking Book library. It’s a brilliant service with a huge number of titles to choose from, so it’s well worth checking out if you enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks. And in this post, I’m going to illustrate¬†how we use it in my household, so you get a feel for how it works.

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Audiobooks

I’ve been writing a lot about music here, including how¬†important it can be¬†to people, and trawling through my¬†music collection. And I’ve written about audio description¬†as well.¬†But audio is also used for books too. They don’t just have to be printed on paper or displayed on a screen – a huge number of them have audio versions as well. They are particularly useful for visually impaired people of course, but sighted people can (and do) listen to them as well. I don’t personally use them very much – music, TV, films and the internet take up enough of my time where entertainment is concerned – but my mother listens to them a lot, and I do¬†listen to one or two¬†occasionally.

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