Using AIRA Access at the Airport

screen shot from aira listing in the app store. Aira logo is top left. Small lower case a in turquoise on a white circle inside a turquoise soft edged square. Text reads, Aira, description of life.

If it wasn't readily apparent from my post about my trip to London, I love traveling. What I don't love, though, is dealing with airports, which can be a challenge even when you have perfect vision. I hate trying to get around airports. I have no useful vision, so it's impossible for me to do… Continue reading Using AIRA Access at the Airport

Blind Button Masher

Image shows Playstation menu screen. Blue background with white text. The enable zoom option is selected, with instructions displaying how to enable and disable the zoom by holding the square and ps4 button.

People are often really surprised when I mention that one of my hobbies is gaming, especially when I'm holding a white cane in one hand. So how does a visually impaired person play video games? Ready Player One? First it's important to understand that I have useful residual vision. On a good day, I can… Continue reading Blind Button Masher

Painting a Picture with Words

A screenshot of netflix open in a browser window. The menu bar is visible and audio description has been selected, indicated by bold text and a white tick. In the background, the title screen for the show Black Mirror, is visible.

The place I get stared at the most when I’m using my white cane is the cinema. A few months ago I was queuing up with Other Half to buy some popcorn and an older lady did a dramatic double take. According to OH, she then proceeded to turn around and repeatedly look me up… Continue reading Painting a Picture with Words

iPhones: Accessibility in your pocket

Zoomed large text of the beginning of the vision accessibility settings on iphone. The accessibility menu displays, vision, voice over off, zoom on, magnifier

In my last post, I wrote about assistive technology for using a computer. Today I’m going to take a look at the iPhone and how it’s accessibility features, such as Zoom and VoiceOver, can be used by blind and visually impaired people. A note before I get started: I do realize that Android has many… Continue reading iPhones: Accessibility in your pocket

Cane Adventures at Center Parcs

Amy and Simon on the tandem photo taken side on. Amy is on the back with one foot raised, and Simon is stood over the bike with a thumbs up. They are both wearing helmets and sunglasses. Trees and forest are seen behind them and they are standing on a road.

I love travelling to new places! I'm pretty courageous and I enjoy going off the beaten track. As well as the usual European city breaks, I've been to India several times by myself for work and pleasure, I've explored Marrakesh, and visited the States. However, travelling and holidaying when you have a visual impairment often… Continue reading Cane Adventures at Center Parcs