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

Visually Impaired Video Gamer

A white cane with a roller ball tip is folded and resting on a wooden floor. Next to it are two games console controllers. A white PS4 controller and a black xbox controller. Attached to the elastic handle of the cane is a metal key ring in the shame of a games console controller.

This blog started life as a typical accessibility review. But as I was writing what was supposed to be the introduction, I realised that I have a significant relationship with video games. It turns out these virtual worlds and the characters in them have been pretty important throughout my life, especially as a disabled gamer.… Continue reading Visually Impaired Video Gamer

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

How do blind people use computers?

Justin and his seeing eye dog PJ. Justin is sat on the beach in a red baseball cap, tshirt and shorts and polarised sunglasses. PJ is standing in front of him, side on, in his brown harness. PJ is looking off to the left of the photo. PJ is a black lab.

Note: I was asked by Amy a while back to write about technology and it’s uses for blind people. This is the first in these series of posts. I’d love to say that being blind is easy, but I’d be lying. Being blind is hard, especially for someone whose vision was more or less normal… Continue reading How do blind people use computers?