When you are visually impaired, making things accessible is so important. But, sometimes, things simply aren't that accessible. But, there are some steps you can take to help this along. We'll cover that in today's episode PLUS answering whether you can use social media as a blind person and an update on Amazon and accessibility of their products!
Question of the Week
Question: My family told me I would get in trouble if people found out I was using social media since I am blind. Can I do this?
Answer: First of all…what?! Of course you can use social media. And you can have a job, go to school, use a smartphone and so many other things. This is a misconception based on the fact that some blind people receive governmental support. While there are limits on how much you can make at a job each month, you can still live a very normal, happy life, including posting, liking, tweeting and all that other good stuff.
If you are reading this and believe blind people can't or shouldn't do certain things…STOP IT! While we might have to do it differently, we can still do it!
Life Isn't Always Accessible
I have noticed that over the years, more and more things have gotten to be accessible for blind and visually impaired users. From smartphones to public transportation, it is becoming much easier to live life without sight. But, there are still certain things that just aren't that accessible. So, here are a few things that you can do when you don't have access to the world around you. And, it is the word ACCESS we will be using!
- A – Adapt
- C – Challenge
- C – Converse
- E – Experiment
- S – Support
- S – Strategize
Also, remember that some things in life just aren't going to be accessible at this point, such as driving or doing open heart surgery. But, for those things that can be made accessible, use the ideas above and go for it!
Amazon recently announced that they are working to make their products more accessible to the blind and visually impaired. With things like a screen reader, zoom and even braille support for their tablets as well as updates to their Fire TV, Amazon is taking much needed steps for their blind users. Amazon says that they are on “Day 1” of accessibility, which means they are working on it and striving to make it better from now on. Kudos to Amazon for doing this as their products haven't been that accessible over the years. Hope they continue the great work!
Word of the Week
The meaning of this word is “able to be done; within the power or capacity of someone or something.” There are so many things that are possible for visually impaired people. From climbing mountains and skydiving to teaching students and tasing children, the possibilities are vast. But, we must first believe something is possible before it can be accessible. It is possible for blind people to use a touch screen, so let's figure out how. It is possible for us to have a job and go to school, so let's make it work. While life isn't always accessible, living an amazing life is certainly possible.
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