Category Archives: Assistive technology

Blind Voters

The UK parliamentary elections are just four days off. How can blind people mark their ballot slips on the 7 May? For most of my voting life I never gave this the slightest scrap of thought, but my recent experience … Continue reading

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Banknotes – Go Compare

Someone blind faces a mountain of problems. One example. If you’re blind (or have low vision), how can you know the face value of a banknote? You can rustle it in your hands but it won’t whisper its secret. In … Continue reading

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Your (Driverless) Carriage Awaits, Milady

There’s a family tale about my great-grandfather. Every Saturday (a local market day) he would take his horse and cart into town. There he would visit a pub (long gone now, but I remember it) called the Dog, and drink … Continue reading

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Of Cats and Captchas

Recently Google announced a different kind of captcha. You know captchas. You’re trying to register with a website but it wants to be reassured you are a real you, not just a robot program masquerading as a human. So you … Continue reading

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Talking Signs, Windchimes

Finding the way around is one of the greatest challenges people with impaired vision face. It’s often called navigation, as though we are ships negotiating tricky rocks in a fog. The parallel is quite a good one, and like ships … Continue reading

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Readangularity

  A year ago a vision specialist said: “You won’t be able to read again”. I had suddenly (i.e. over half an hour) acquired homonymous hemianopia (HH). This means you’ve lost sidewards vision, either left or right. So I was … Continue reading

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Four Tales of Blind Travellers

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain   Tale 1 A year back, I visited a local charity for the blind and visually impaired. I was given the contact by my … Continue reading

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