We’ve all had that moment where we open a present and you LIE: ‘Yeah it’s EXACTLY what I wanted!’ when really we know we’ll throw it in the bin two hours alter or shove it to the back of the wardrobe never to be seen again. But being a disabled person receiving inappropriate presents at Christmas can be even more challenging.
Archive for 2014
I recently went to NerdKon (a gaming and comic convention) for the first time. It is set up by my University and has run every year for the past five years. I decided to check it out not only for the cool technology and card trading games – but also to see how much thought people put into accessibility for an event like this. I won’t comment on the name of the event!!
Black Friday is a day that gained popularity in America some years ago, but it is starting to become far more recognised in the UK as well. It’s a day where, essentially, everything is cheaper and prices are slashed. Yay! Aside from it being Black Friday, I decided that I would look into how shopping is more difficult for people with disabilities and how we can get help to be as independent as possible.
My experience of University is that anywhere that you want to study in is going to be busy and the library is one of the most difficult places to navigate and use at the best of times. There are always streams of students printing off essays, discussing group work, and eating the odd snack whilst finishing off their out-of-lectures reading! But what about when you’ve got a disability? Although every University library is different, I decided to write a little bit about mine and provide some access improvements of my own!
Speech recognition was initially designed for people who felt they needed to do lots of typing but couldn’t touch-type, otherwise known as the one-finger typing brigade or ‘hen-peckers’. However, it soon became apparent that there were disabled people out there, who couldn’t type by hand or struggled with literacy, who were suddenly thrown a computer life-line.