Unseen Possibilities: How Smartphones Are Changing the Game for Blind People in Public Environments
A touchscreen can be a hassle to use when you’re visually impaired. But in today's world, having a smartphone is crucial. Here's why:
- Access to a range of features and applications: Modern smartphones come with a range of features and applications that can be incredibly useful for people who are blind or visually impaired. These include screen readers, magnification tools, voice assistants, GPS navigation, and more.
- Improved communication: Smartphones make it easier to stay in touch with friends, family, and colleagues. With the help of text messaging, email, voice calls, and video conferencing, blind individuals can communicate effectively with others.
- Access to information: Smartphones provide access to a vast amount of information through the internet. With the help of screen readers, people who are blind can access news, books, podcasts, and other content that might be otherwise inaccessible.
- Increased independence: Smartphones allow blind individuals to perform tasks independently that might have been difficult or impossible without them. For example, with the help of GPS navigation, blind individuals can navigate unfamiliar places with greater ease.
- Entertainment: Smartphones can be a great source of entertainment for people who are blind. With the help of audio books, podcasts, music, and other media, blind individuals can stay entertained and engaged.
However, with screen readers on, everybody can hear what you're doing, especially if you’d like to be able to hear your surroundings. So being able to access your smartphone even when it’s tucked safely away in your bag or pocket can be a way to ensure your privacy.
Overall, smartphones can significantly improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired by providing access to a wide range of tools, information, and communication options.