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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
9:17 pm
[michaelsjournal]
Blackberry suggestions?
Hi all,

My employer is about to issue me a Blackberry (yes, it has to be a Blackberry). I have very little useful eyesight, and generally avoid smartphones, because I can’t see enough of the screen to read anything. I’ve been told that magnification apps exist, but I think that using 6x magnification on a four-inch screen is absurd. That said, I’m open to a screen-reader or other voice navigation option. Does anyone have any experience with, or suggestions for, Blackberry options?

Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


-Michael

(Cross-posted)

Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
12:01 pm
[aurora_nebulosa]
Are sighted folks deaf?
Well, folks. It happened again and for about the fifty billionth time. I requested that the person assisting me in shopping pick me up some "Lucky Charms" cerea. (Yes, I still love all that sweet kids cereal in the morning!) But, turns out, she picked me up something that sounded nothing like Lucky Charms; she picked up Fruit Loops (or however quirky way the company spells it on the box). Are the covers of the boxes that similar in appearance, or do sighted folks just not use their ears?
Friday, February 20th, 2009
3:41 pm
[aurora_nebulosa]
Samsung Guide Dog Commercial
I've been hearing of late a commercial put on by Samsung where a Korean girl talks about how she lost her sight 15 years ago and has "seen far more than ever before" (or something like that) now that she has her guide dog. Does anyone know what's going on visually in this commercial?
Monday, January 19th, 2009
12:29 pm
[aurora_nebulosa]
Has anyone ever had this happen?
TOday, I went to an eating facility on my college campus only to find, unexpectedly, that it was closed. There was also another young (sighted) lady waiting with me. Someone eventually came out to us to let us know that the facility wouldn't be opened until later because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Yet, this person went on to say, "But, Misty, you can come in, anyway to get some food." I was rather taken aback and reluctant to go forward, since they weren't going to let the other lady next to me in, but reluctantly accepted while she left. Have any of you been treated "more than equal" or "superior" to others in this kind of way because of your disability? If so, how have you responded? Did you accept graciously? Did you accept, as I did, reluctantly? Or, did you outright refuse to be treated differently, even if it was "better" than the rest?

Honestly, I felt quite bad about what the other lady was put through. I want to be treated equally -- no better, no worse.
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