How for blind people, the iPhone significantly changed the world of cell phones even more than for the sighted

In 1990 I had a conversation with my friend Aaron Levinthal about phones and we thought it would be cool if we could just take our phone put it on our belts and go out into public. Neither of us had seen a cell phone at that point yet. On a college trip the assistant … Continue reading How for blind people, the iPhone significantly changed the world of cell phones even more than for the sighted

How that modern technology is a life changer for the blind in educational settings cannot be overstated

I have written before about how for people with disabilities, a smartphone is way more than something cool, or a convenience, but a real life changer in how people can interact with the world, be productive, and live their lives. For me, technology truly narrows the gap caused by blindness between me and the sighted … Continue reading How that modern technology is a life changer for the blind in educational settings cannot be overstated

How the abacus, though low tech, became and still remains a very useful tool for those who are blind doing math

The abacus has had a rich history lasting over two thousand years. Ancient merchants needed a way to count things and make calculations. The Asian abaci are the most well known today, both Chinese and Japanese models still exist. The Japanese model has one row of beads with a separation bar and then four more … Continue reading How the abacus, though low tech, became and still remains a very useful tool for those who are blind doing math

Challenges and frustrations I experience being totally blind, dealing with statuses of devices with LEDs

Because most devices are designed by sighted people, for other sighted people, lights are used to tell the person statuses like on/off etc. For those who can see, it's super easy, quick and efficient. For those who are totally blind, it's only frustrating at best. ¬† The device most frustrating for blind users are the … Continue reading Challenges and frustrations I experience being totally blind, dealing with statuses of devices with LEDs

Ways in which cameras help the blind

What I get out of a camera as a blind personI've been politely asked, "how do you read messages or email on a computer?" a less common question is "How did you take that picture?" In the old daysWhen I was a kid, I remember being annoyed because I would have to stand nice for … Continue reading Ways in which cameras help the blind

My experiences trying to be more visible when walking at night as a blind person

Way back when I was in 7th grade, I used to stay after school for orientation and mobility classes, and then take a bus home. I would have to walk several blocks home from the bus after dark, so my mobility teacher got me a florescent orange vest that made me visible for drivers to … Continue reading My experiences trying to be more visible when walking at night as a blind person

How setting up iOS devices with a wired USB keyboard is way more efficient for me

When I bought my first iPhone, an iPhone 3GS the first text message I tried to send got a response from a friend saying they couldn't read it because of so many mistakes in it. It took me 3 weeks before I could type anything mostly legible. I have never liked or been fast at … Continue reading How setting up iOS devices with a wired USB keyboard is way more efficient for me

How hyper local weather forecasts are especially useful to me as a totally blind person

Walks before Dark Sky I like to go for walks for exercise, but back in the day before apps that had weather information telling-me when it would rain, i often skipped walks if i thought it would rain. I even would go out and ask several random people when it would rain and got answers … Continue reading How hyper local weather forecasts are especially useful to me as a totally blind person

Live Text, new in iOS 15 is amazing, but it took us 45 years of technical advancements to get there.

Live text is awesome, it just took us a long time, 45 years, to get there. Like many kids, my parents read a lot to me when I was young; but because I am totally blind, they probably read to me way later into my life than most. Even when I was in college, Mom … Continue reading Live Text, new in iOS 15 is amazing, but it took us 45 years of technical advancements to get there.

How Apple’s HomePod Mini finally gives blind people an affordable HomeKit hub

Smart ¬†homes are awesome, there are even podcasts that talk about them. They do anything from automating things around the home, to keeping people safe, and almost anything one could think of in between. In late 2018, I started down the HomeKit path.I noticed very quickly though, that I couldn't reach any of my Home-kit … Continue reading How Apple’s HomePod Mini finally gives blind people an affordable HomeKit hub