9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

Most people have had minimal, if any, interactions with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. There is no big “secret” for interacting with people who are blind, but if you remember to relax and act naturally, you are off to a good start.   It is normal to feel uncomfortable or awkward in newContinue reading 9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

Introduction The pace of technological change is faster than we can keep up with. In some ways, technology levels the playing field, but in other ways, it introduces new accessibility challenges. A strong foundation of braille literacy today lies in the understanding of how to use these technologies. As a language script, Braille matters todayContinue reading BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

How to Get a Job when You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Finding a job can be difficult for anyone. This may be especially true for the blind and visually impaired however. Because a lot of work assumes people have the functioning use of their eyes, the job market can appear inaccessible to anyone who suffers from a visual impairment. However, between advances in technology and aContinue reading How to Get a Job when You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Severe COVID-19 Linked With Changes in Eyes – By Ernie Mundell and Robert Preidt

Published on 17 February 2021 Severe eye abnormalities have been found in the eyes of some COVID-19 patients, a new study out of France contends. The findings show the need for eye screening, as well as appropriate treatment and management of potentially serious eye problems in these patients, experts say. “We showed that a fewContinue reading Severe COVID-19 Linked With Changes in Eyes – By Ernie Mundell and Robert Preidt

The new normal: Getting governments to spend (more and better) for (inclusion) of all persons with disabilities

Organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) have, since long, been advocating for more meaningful allocation of financial resources geared towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities and enabling their full and effective participation. While high income countries in the European Union, for instance, are spending on average 2.1% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) onContinue reading The new normal: Getting governments to spend (more and better) for (inclusion) of all persons with disabilities

Bank Zero – Accessibility Review for the Blind and Visually impaired

What is Bank Zero? In short, Bank Zero is a mutual digital-only bank offering its services via a smartphone app to businesses and individuals in South Africa. Currently, the mutual digital bank is adding potential customers on a staggered basis. New customers interested in joining will be placed in a waiting queue which, according toContinue reading Bank Zero – Accessibility Review for the Blind and Visually impaired

BritBox – Quick Accessibility overview from a blindness perspective

What is BritBox? BritBox is an online digital video subscription service, operating as a joint venture of the BBC and ITV plc, serving the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. It is focused on British television series and films, mainly featuring current and past series and films supplied from the main UKContinue reading BritBox – Quick Accessibility overview from a blindness perspective

How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa if you are blind or visually impaired

Here are five methods that people can use to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa   1. The Electronic Vaccination Data System (Online Vaccine Registration Portal)   The EVDS is the original and most well-known digital method of enrolling for the vaccine and can be accessed by visiting https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/   The system requiresContinue reading How to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa if you are blind or visually impaired

New WHO policy brief on improving access to assistive technology (AT)

WHO has recently published a new policy brief on improving access to assistive technology (AT). Targeted at policy makers, this brief highlights the challenges in access to AT and gives concrete actions to improve access across 5 key areas: people-centered, policy, products, provision, and personnel.   The policy brief advocates for the inclusion of assistiveContinue reading New WHO policy brief on improving access to assistive technology (AT)