What do most of us writers or bloggers do when we want to pass on our views or create our latest masterpiece?
How many of us write, or type away on our computers, and then, prior to posting or publication, correct any spelling of grammar mistakes that may have occurred?
Once done, how many of us then post our work, or, if we are lucky enough to be published, and then sit back with a mug of coffee, or whatever, and bask in the knowledge that it is our very own written word?
I imagine most of us would accept this sequence and abide by such a set of rules, but if we really want to broadcast our message to a local or broader community, how far do we look afield, and maybe consider those within our community who lives their lives in what some might call, a slightly different way
What way might this be? Well, take your pick, there are plenty to chose from, but in this instance I am thinking about the visually impaired. Please note the term visually impaired by the way, for there are various degrees and types of visual impairment, but whatever the degree of impairment, what can we do as writers, or bloggers, to assist such members of the community so that they can enjoy what we enjoy as visually unimpaired individuals, albeit in a slightly different way.
This was a question that I asked of myself some while ago. I had written several stories, and more have been written since as can be seen by the stories in site here, but they had always been in a visual format, and never been in an audio format which the visually impaired might enjoy
The solution was easy, fo a phone book lay beside me, and all to soon I found myself in the offices of the Manx Blind Welfare Society; a island charity supported by the Royal National Institute for the blind, and working closely with the Isle of Man Sight Impairment Service They could not have been more encouraging and helpful, and they were only to willing to record my short stories for their members to listen to, for, as they said, such material didn’t always come their way.
So this is the challenge that I lay before all bloggers and writers out there in the world-wide ether, so to speak. Money is important, and yes, a reward for all our work is off course very welcome, but the next time you post a work, or a comment on any site or postal media, why not think of others around you in your local or broader community.
Wherever you are there are bound to be local organisations or local centres for the visually impaired, so why not write to them, or simply give them a call. Many workers at such centres are volunteers, and many such centres are partially dependent on grants and/or good will within the community, so why not give them a call.
Oh yes, have I experienced what it is like to be completely blind. Yes I have and believe me, as a sighted person, it is terrifying. By the use of a special training blindfold, I was invited, under escort I hasten to add, to walk down a corridor, and then, even more terrifying, tom walk down a short flight of stairs. With such a blindfold you see nothing, and being totally disoriented, I admit I was very, very, scared
Anything else, just a 3D Binaural video about having a haircut, and then a reaction upon hearing such instruction. So follow the instructions, close your eyes, and have fun!
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