Losing your sight is never fun or exciting. But, one thing that is fun and exciting is technology. And, with the ever growing field of assertive technology, the lives of visually impaired people have changed dramatically over the years. Today, we'll take a look at a few such technological innovations that have made a huge impact on the VIP Community as well as answering a question about toothpaste and the toothbrush!
Question of the Week
Question: How do I put toothpaste on my toothbrush? I usually come up with far too much on the brush.
Answer: It might sound gross, but here is what I do. I put a small dab on my tongue and then wipe it off onto the toothbrush. Again, it might sound weird, but this way, I know how much I am getting out of the tube and onto the brush. You could squeeze it onto your finer if you prefer, but I've found this way is much easier and not near as messy!
If you've got a question you'd like an answer to, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Technology That Changes Lives
I love technology! I love watching how things come along to innovate and help us live life simpler and easier. Last week, Apple announced new products for sale, like the new iPhone and Apple Watch. This got me thinking about all the tech I use on a regular basis to access so many amazing things in my life. Below is a list of tech that I think have dramatically changed how we as VIPs interact with the world around us!
5. Portable Magnifiers
4. Screen Readers
3. Voice Recognition (Dictation, Digital Assistants, etc.)
2. Audio Description for Movies and TV
1. Smartphone (iPhone)
Make sure to listen to the episode for a deep dive into each one of these technologies and how I believe they have changed our lives as VIPs!
I'm a few days late, but Apple did announce new products last wek. We have a new Apple Watch, new Apple TV and 3 new iPhones. None of them have any feature that is outstanding and makes me “have” to purchase them, but it is always worth talking about!
Word of the Week
One definition of the word simple is “easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty.” As visually impaired people, we face many challenges in our lives. From tasks like brushing our teeth to accessing the internet, we want it simple. That just means we want it easy and with no difficulty. Why? Well, we have certain difficulties that we have to face, such as dealing with no seeing the faces of our loved ones. We don't want to struggle to do something as easy as making a phone call. So, do your best to find ways to make your life simple!