Assistive Technology

Communication & Imagination

Communication & Imagination

  Living with Ocular Albinism I’ve always tried to define the word accommodation?   My definition for accommodation recently changed.   I’m an Information Technology professional; naturally my definition of accommodation has revolved around technology.   Here are the solutions I’ve found to the problems I face with Ocular Albinism.   Light Sensitivity My irises are translucent so […]

By January 23, 2015 Read More →
Driving

Driving

Not being able to drive was the most painful thing in my life.   For the first time in my life there was no way to pretend to be like everyone else no more illusions.  I am legally blind.   I was definitely different.  It didn’t matter how high functioning I was or wasn’t or how well […]

Downhill Skiing

Downhill Skiing

I love to downhill ski.   I grew up in Calgary forty five minutes from Banff and some of the best skiing in the world.     I learned to ski in Calgary at PaskaPoo renamed Canada Olympic Park for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.   Anyway when I was learning to ski we called it Poo Glacier as […]

Support Systems

Support Systems

As the Beach Boys put it, “I Get Around!!”. It’s all about gettin around. If you’re blind, simply put, you need to be the easiest date at the prom. It’s all about logistics. Getting groceries, getting to the doctor, getting the kids, etc. It’s about getting things done. Your support system is everything. Without it […]

The Technology I Use

The Technology I Use

I love to use technology to assist me with my vision.  I am very open to trying out new things some things work very well others don’t.     These are the things I use regularly or rely on entirely to get through the day. The Technology I Use Podcast I manage my day on an energy […]

Cane Technique

Cane Technique

I was in my 30’s before I learned how to use a cane.  At the time I was living in Calgary, Alberta.   I went to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and was taught cane technique. Cane Technique Podcast A white cane is prescribed based on a person’s height.    You need a cane that […]

To Every Season

To Every Season

The changing of the seasons adds a special challenge for me.  The angle of the light can be brutal for me.  My iris are translucent and at certain angles my vision is saturated with light.   In the spring and fall the angle of light changes and my ability to see for about a month is […]

Telling Time with the Tissot – T

Telling Time with the Tissot – T

Telling time has always been a pain. Analog watches have been hard to read and digital watches are generally too small. I was in the market for a BIG watch a few years ago and a friend of mine found that Tissot made a vibrating watch the Tissot Silen-T. At the time I was considering […]

User Interfaces

User Interfaces

There are many issues with user interfaces to technology. My approach has been to give up on reading the bits and pieces unless I have to. I work off of patterns. I don’t want to appear too cynical but there is no real push at making user interfaces accessible… I had the opportunity to get […]

When is Enough, Enough?

When is Enough, Enough?

When is enough, enough? Recently, I wrote about my intolerance for intolerance and my new approach of working in the context of three strikes before writing off someone, a group, or an organization, or employer. I recently worked in a health care organization from January this year to early August this year. My tenure should […]

Pics

Pics

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On the following pages you’l have access to a large portfolio of photos. On the one had you’ll see me up to all kinds of things getting into all kinds of mischief. On the other hand you’ll see the pictures I’ve taken from places […]

Thank you Steve Jobs & Apple

Thank you Steve Jobs & Apple

Sir Steve, thank you for the wonderful products, I love the approach Apple is taking with accessibility. I love that accessibility is there when I want it and I can put it away when I don’t need it. Dynamic contextual based accessibility enables me so much more than the typical all or nothing approach. I […]

Collage / College

Collage / College

College / Collage After 46 years I am proud to say that today I learned how to spell the word College correctly. No longer are my colleges collages of experiences but now colleges of learning. Letters remain a mystery to me no matter how big they are some of them are really hard to see. […]