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Making the move from mainstream to assistive technologies

When it came time to migrate from using mainstream technology to using assistive technology, it was only then that I realised how diverse visual impairment really is and how hard it is to find the right technology to suit individual needs. And just to complicate matters, there is always the consideration of what a moveable feast visual impairment is, with good eye days and bad eye days and the just downright 'am I being interrogated by the police and having a torch flashed in my eyes, oh no, that’s just the sunlight, please take me home' kind of days.

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Hello Steve Jobs. What’s at your core?

As anyone who reads this blog will know, and for those of you who don't, I am an Apple-tastic, Mac geek, iAnything kind of girl. I love the fact that accessibility features are inherent in their systems and are graciously given cool product names that don't make us disabled types feel like aliens, but like part of the in-crowd. They are the living, breathing example of inclusive technology, so why oh why will they not talk to any of us disabled folk who are desperate to get the word of just how great their products are out on the street?

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Getting around VoiceOver – the love fest with Apple continues

As is our usual shopping routine, we arrived at the mall bright and early on Saturday morning and I meandered around the January sales like the good Jewish girl that I am, but somehow the geek in me always prevails and we found ourselves in the Apple store, again.

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Inclusivity and technology - the revolution will be televised

It is widely accepted that I am a geek and when I recently attended the Inclusiv-IT-y 2009 event at the BCS, I was in my element. I wanted to hear about all of the latest gadgets and gizmos designed to facilitate social inclusion for disabled people, and although there was nothing new for me to play with, the day provided some real insights into where we are with all of this and, hopefully, where we are going.

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A visually impaired geek finds happiness with a small but perfectly formed Mac Mini

Although I purchased my beloved Mac Mini on the same day I got my iPhone back in June, I wanted to wait a while to have the experience of using it day in and day out, as I anticipated there was going to be an adjustment period since I did port over from a PC running the dreaded Vista after all. It is not like me to wholeheartedly diss something outright, but really, it is just not right when you have regular freezes and crashes because of conflicts between your operating system and software when they are made by the same company!

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Technology that’s keeping me entertained

There are two things that I like to do that I should be ashamed of. The first is reading celebrity biographies - you know, the trashy tell all, dubious kind - and the second is watching mindless, senseless and unrealistic TV programs. I know, I am supposed to be all serious and responsible but this little brain of mine gets overworked sometimes.

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Why the iPhone 3GS made this visually impaired girl happy

I was in geek heaven when I found out that Apple were bringing out an accessible iPhone with plenty of features for visually impaired users. And calling it an iPhone is a bit of a misnomer, but I guess they couldn’t really call it the iPhone-iPod-iEmail-iInternet-iCamera-iEtc now could they?

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Simple gadgets that have rocked my world

I am a geek. I love technology and I love gadgets, so when I registered blind and found out that there was a whole new world out there of gadgets ‘n’ stuff specifically designed for little old me, I was delirious. I spent countless hours trawling the internet to see what I could buy.

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