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

See Differently Awards

Pink background white text. The RNIB see differently awards logo. White text reads Dr Amy Kavanagh #SeeDifferentlyAwards. Grey Background, white text, I'm a national finalist, Campaigner of the Year

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Royal National Institute of the Blind See Differently Awards. I was chosen as a Campaigner of the Year national finalist for my #JustAskDontGrab campaign. It was a huge honour to be nominated and shortlisted! I was totally overwhelmed when I heard the news as it felt… Continue reading See Differently Awards

“Just Ask, Don’t Grab”: the role of Active Bystander Intervention

A flow chart titled active bystander intervention techniques. Heading, witnessing harassment and 5 arrows pointing to sub headings and boxes. 1. No action, do nothing to intervene in the harassment. 2. Direct action, directly intervene and confront the perpetrator. 3. distraction de-escalate teh situation by engaging the perpetrator or the target in conversation, 4, delegation ask someone with more power in the situation to intervene instead of you, 5, delay, wait until the harassment stops then approach the target to check they are alright.

With the rise in hate crime so evident, street harassment is on the minds of many of us. However, for disabled people, street harassment is a matter of every-day living. It is a very rare day that I am able to leave the house with my wheelchair and not be subjected to some form of… Continue reading “Just Ask, Don’t Grab”: the role of Active Bystander Intervention

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