Alt Text on Social Media

Three pairs of legs, on the left legs in black tights with a black guide dog in a yellow harness, in the middle black jeans with a white cane, on the right light blue jeans with a white cane with a red bottom section.

Social media has a great ability to connect us. Without it, I would have never found all the wonderful people in the blindness community on Twitter that's had such a positive impact on my life and would have never met such great folks as Amy. Heck, you probably found this post on some social media… Continue reading Alt Text on Social Media

Car Free Cities Risk Excluding Disabled People

A busy platform. A train is visible with the doors open, it's full of people, more legs, bags and feet are crowded around the entrance trying to board the train. In the bottom middle of the photo a white cane rests on the floor, the roller ball poised just passed the tactile paving, pointing towards the yellow platform line and the busy train.

The world recently enjoyed Car Free Day and our timelines were treated to images of joyful cycling through streets, yoga on the roads & enthusiastic pedestrians strutting down the highway. Alongside this celebration, a recent report by think tank Common Wealth called for a car free London by 2030, but only mentioned disabled people once.… Continue reading Car Free Cities Risk Excluding Disabled People

Dockless Bikes – a navigational nightmare!

A screenshot of BBC parliament. Daniel Zeichner MP is reading from notes, with a female Mp sat behind him. The subtitles read, so Doctor Kavangh has asked me to implore the government

As a visually impaired white cane user, there is nothing worse than walking straight into an unexpected hazard. Unfortunately in London there are now thousands of them. Dockless bike schemes exploded all over the capital, and the UK generally, in the last couple of years. These app based initiatives allow anyone to log in, pick… Continue reading Dockless Bikes – a navigational nightmare!

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