Upgraded: The Gaming Accessibility Conference 2018

Gaming accessibility is something I’m really passionate about because I have grown up gaming and with a visual impairment.

A lot is being done it has to be said mostly by Microsoft (the Xbox one has a screen reader, Magnification and a plethora of controller set up options) it seems the whole gaming community is getting together to spread the word on accessible gaming.

I would have loved to have been at this conference able to get my voice heard.

I have a Nintendo Switch and I love it dearly but it lacks even basic accessibility settings when you compare it with the big boys of PlayStation and Xbox (however there is give and take on both sides)… purely based on accessibility I would love to own an Xbox as well as my Switch.

NEWSFLASH! People with all kinds of disabilities play console/computer games of all kinds. We are as diverse as any other group it’s time for industry to hear our voice.

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#WordPress #iOS interface issue #A11y

So you may have noticed things have been quieter than normal of late even my reposting has slowed down this is for 2 main reasons. 

1. If your not that well for a while you have to prioritise the things that are the most important in your life. 

2. I for the life of me cannot work out how to reblog posts using the iPhone app for WordPress!

Today I’m going to talk about issue 2 back in the day in the app used to have a dedicated reblog button this was great but then it changed. 

One app redesign later you had to click the share button and select WordPress and then you would get a screen in the app for all your options like say title and body etc. Simple (although actually not perfect). Your link and a quote would be in the body text and you could edit this and the title would be a default. 

I’ve gone to do this again today and discovered it’s changed again. 

Now the options just share the link for what you want to reblog the title is from what I understand the link. 

It is totally bizzar so I attach a photo… Low vision users I apologise but this won’t have very useful alt text as I don’t understand it myself in the first place. 

So iOS particularly iPhone users how do you reblog posts you want to share? 

I’m either missing something simple visually or it’s really not very intuitive. 

Help me people there is so much great stuff out there I want to share with you.

New year new you – NO!

Now there’s a phrase that’s branded about a lot at this time of year I have no idea who first coined the phrase but I hate it… I shall explain why and start by being a little pedantic!

First off lets get this straight it is impossible to create a new you at new year or any other time. Until science evolves to the point where we can clone humans this is fundamentally impossible. Yea bits of us can replaced – I have the cornea of a very kind hearted individual who agreed to be an organ and tissue donor upon their passing.

Here’s my next issue God created you PERFECT! Whatever quirks or traits you have where planned by God. You are a beautiful creation the idea of ditching all that beauty and perfection from God to create a new you just does not compute in my brain. God loves you infinitely the way you are and created you to be you and no one else. 

Then there is the issue of chronic illness for people like me there is no cure (or hope of a cure) my body is the body I was born with and no amount of diet changes or exercise will make that body function normally. 

That’s just a tiny taste of why The phrase grates on me so much!

So new year new you can do one!

#BADD Blogging Against Disabilism Day

  BADD falls on Friday 1st of May this year and I was shocked to read it’s 10 years… I remember the early days and have taken part most years.

So why am I telling you this?

BADD is open to anyone to contribute an you can use any medium you like to blog and you can blog about anything that affects disabled people AND perhaps most importantly you don’t have to have a disability to take part. 

To quote The Goldfish who does a fantastic job of organising:

 This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination (known as disablism or ableism). In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we’ve made.

So I urge all my followers who blog to get stuck in and take part. Instructions for doing so can be found at this link… It’s easy I promise! 

http://blobolobolob.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/blogging-against-disablism-day-2015.html?m=1

Bid to kill #CAPTCHA security test gains momentum

Bid to kill CAPTCHA security test gains momentum

This is great since CAPTCHA’s started popping up blind and visually impaired people have faced huge issues accessing anything online that needs a CAPTCHA. This has lead to people having to ask sighted people for help sometimes having to give out there log in details and other secure information.

Since they were initially launched there have been access improvements – many now have scrambled audio where numbers are spoken alongside what I can only describe as noise. Unfortunately this has not gone far enough the audio versions don’t work on mobile platforms and are often just as unintelligible as there written alternatives.

From the early days of the CAPTCHA there have been viable alternatives and quite frankly it’s about time code writers and designers start using them.

#DWP & #ATOS at it again please read! – #disability #ESA & #ATOS

I just read an article that has hugely saddened me, please keep reading and follow the link to get the full story.

A blind woman has been made seriously physically ill by ATOS and the DWP working in a way that totally disregards the Equality Act.

Having just read the facts of what happened I am so stunned that I really don’t know what to say.

The matter boils down to one of what’s sometimes called a print disability. The term print disability can be used to describe anyone who is unable or would struggle to read standard print. It’s an umbrella term and can be used to describe conditions such as total blindness, dyslexia and intellectual disabilities.

In this case the lady in question uses Braille or audio instead of standard print and ATOS & DWP are unable to produce this.

They then told her that she would have to find someone to fill out the form for her.

The stress of this landed her in hospital.

As I said at the beginning this saddens me you might think that’s a strange reaction, maybe it is but for me it’s personal.

As I’ve mentioned before my mum is almost totally blind her way of dealing with written correspondence is Braille.

My mum requested the same form as the woman in this story in Braille and got the response at the other end of the phone that said ‘I’m not sure if we do Braille but we should I will try and get it for you’.

The form the arrived in standard print with a deadline to have it completed and the threat that missing that deadline will result in loss of benefits.

My mum is lucky she got help from my dad and a local charity but for thousands of other people this is not the case.

I have also had help to fill out the form in question. I’ve also had the stress of trying to get it done in time for the deadline bearing in mind I get one hour of support a week!

What’s Considered a Faux Pas?

Never grab me, its my biggest hate, makes me jump and immediately puts me on the defensive.

diaryofamarriedblindwoman

It is understood that people are just trying to help sometimes. But here is a little insight to what should be avoided when in the company of blind people. First, please don’t grab (us or our canes). Imagine being blind folded and being grabbed by the arm. It’s very uncomfortable. Next, it’s perfectly acceptable to offer assistance. One blind person may need it where another may not. If they decline, don’t take it personally. A lot of us wish to do as much independently as possible. Also, there is no need to shout. While blind and deaf sometimes go together, they don’t in every case. Most people who are “deaf-blind” will inform you if they can’t hear very well. Last, if you plan to offer anything, offer an arm. If they want it, they will take it. If not, verbal direction may be what they’re looking for.

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Always a bridesmaid never a bride?

For all those single ladies pining for Mr Right!

God in my living...

Now I know some people will say I cannot possibly comment on singleness as I am one of the married’s BUT I was once single, and happy! Yes you too can be single and happy!

I know that marriage is good and I’m not anti marriage preaching but I am “pro love being single!”

We do not find fulfilment in marriage but in Christ. He is the only man that we should idolise (in a Holy, non crazy, awesomeness way). All worldly blokes will let you down – sorry Jon – but he would never willingly want to let me down but we’re humans. I will let him down, he’ll let me down, but it’s ok coz God is refining us and we’re both saved!

So, are you single? Do you pine for Mr Right Holy Man? Are you bored of waiting? Maybe Mr Wrong is better than no Mr…

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Former Archdeacon of Wells, Dick Ackworth, denounces unfair ‘benefits test’ – read why and sign his petition. #ukmh #MentalHealth

My own ‘medical’ was an absolute farce!

My assessor was provided with evidence from all my consultants but still when it came to my visual acuity test I said what I could see and my assessor said ” now try really hard”. As if if I put enough effort in I wouldn’t be blind!

My mum is also going through an ESA appeal as they found her fit for work when she quite clearly isn’t!

These tests cause nothing but stress and are carried out in a way that is often demeaning and causes distress.

They are not fit for purpose.