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Still learning: older, disabled people and technology

I will forever wince when anyone refers to me - or anyone else who is still living for that matter - as an expert. My view is that as long as I'm living, I'm still learning, and this anti-expert  viewpoint has been evinced and reinforced by what I have experienced in the first few weeks of my new job at Jewish Care.

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My love affair with Siri: is the honeymoon over?

Ever since I purchased my iPhone 4S a few weeks ago, I have been evaluating my use of Siri: in doing so I have come to a few realisations about how I use technology in general. The one theme that prevails is that nothing is infallible. No technology is perfect and, as an end user, I find that I am forever making adjustments and adaptations, and that isn't such a bad thing.

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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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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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Paying lip service to web accessibility just won’t do

You would think that, in my job and with my burning desire to make sure that all disabled folk are getting the best out of technology, I would be able to get more people to understand why it is so important for the Internet to be Inclusive and that Accessibility isn’t something that you think about as an add-on after you have built your website. It is an integral part of every website. You wouldn’t build a 50-story building without a lift now, would

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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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