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Ideals and technology: playing their part in life's little journey
As a self confessed geek, with tech, assistive and otherwise, playing such an important part in my very existence, it may seem a tad odd that when I think of my ideal world, it always involves nature and people and never involves technology of any kind.
Inspiring change, visual impairment and an ongoing emotional journey
Last night, I had the honour of speaking at the Inspiring Change event held by Action for Blind People at the magnificent St James’s Palace and hosted by the compassionate and remarkable HRH Princess Alexandra. There were three of us speaking and my slot was after John Spence, Action’s Chairman and before Stephen Remington, Action’s Chief Executive, both marvellous and emotive speakers. But I was relaxed. I had memorised my speech and run through it plenty - at home, in the office, on the tube, in the bath - and anyhow, I have done enough speaking at conferences and events in a business capacity, so thought that, in my regular fashion, I would get a measure of the audience and blag as necessary. What I had not prepared for was, well, it would appear, anything...
Anger should be a fleeting emotion, not a state of mind
I was sitting in the waiting room of my GP’s office and a young woman approached me asking me if I wanted her to let me know when my name came up on the LCD screen. I told her that would be great as, although I always request that they call my name when it’s my turn, I once waited for an hour and a half only to be told that my appointment had been cancelled because I hadn’t turned up.
I was talking to a client and he told me that he would have not really understood the true meaning of accessibility had it not been for me. He said that he understood about it as a human being and as a business person, but it was the way that I articulated it from my own personal perspective that really hit home. I do feel like I am on a soapbox in Speaker’s Corner a lot of the time, so was truly moved by this
Labels. Everybody has them. I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a business person and probably a lot of things people don’t say to my face. But since we live in a world where we use labels to describe ourselves, I now have a whole bunch of new labels in my arsenal and I am still trying to work out how to use them.