So the hashtag #BlindPeopleUsePhones went viral a while back after a meme surfaced showing a person with a white cane using a phone… the narrow minded thought was that if someone could use a phone then they MUST be faking there visual impairment.
Since that happened many many visually impaired people have flooded social media with images and captions of them using there phone.
Also since this happened despite efforts for organisations like RNIB I have heard people say:
Look she’s using her phone
I also had one occasion where a random stranger thought it would be ok to take pictures of me using my phone on the bus… in case your wondering that is NEVER ok!
So how do I use my phone… it’s ok to be confused by the title and the link referring to the Apple Watch I’m lumping the two devices together because how I use them is very similar.
Saying that I’m going to separate the Apple Watch for just one minute.
With the Apple Watch I have purchased the largest size, I need that extra few millimetres to make things as large as possible on screen. I then have the system font set to the largest size possible. The final thing that is ‘different’ is I use the XL digital watch face – meaning I have no complications and this is set to a pale colour to maximise contrast.
Now let’s talk about iOS devices as a whole.
I use a combination of VoiceOver, Zoom, large fonts and Siri to access my phone watch and my ancient Mac at home.
Sounds like a lot… kinda complicated? Well it kinda is!
My vision can change from hour to hour very dramatically… not in a good way.
So I may start my day using just larger fonts and the screen brightness all the way up.
I end my day needing to use voiceover unable to use the screen at all.
As an aside I use Siri voice assistant with voice feedback a lot!
I also have my phone set up to read the screen on command.
For more information on Apples accessibility for visually impaired check out this link.
So yes blind people can use phones, computers, (talking) cash machines and smart watches.