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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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Irony

 

The Checkered Eye Project is working to get some information to the world. We want people to understand that the checkered eye symbol indicates that its wearer has low vision.  We also want people with low vision to know this wearable symbol is an option for them, and how to get one if they want to try it.

Access to information has historically had major barriers for people with poor or no vision. Braille, audio formats, and adaptive features for computers have all helped quite a bit with that.

So I am now doing a lot of reading and writing.  This can be tough because the information, the tool with which I’m trying to improve one little thing for people with low vision, isn’t always accessible to me.  Then there are the situations when I am reading and writing in my capacity as a volunteer member of the local Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).  In that scenario I am commenting on safety issues for people with vision disabilities, and also access to information. 

On occasion the document I am asked to read is not accessible to me and my friend Tracey at the Municipal office is terrific for doing what she can until she has a version that’s accessible to me.

 

I’m no literary expert, but I think this fits the definition of ironic.

 

From Dictionary.com Irony: atechniqueofindicating,asthroughcharacterorplotdevelopment,anintentionorattitudeoppositetothat which isactuallyorostensiblystated.

 

So here I am doing my little part to help make the world more accessible to people with disabilities by doing something that my own disability makes difficult.  This was painfully (yes painfully) demonstrated lately when I was looking into adding my two cents to the review of the customer service segment of Ontario’s accessibility law, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  I’d like to make it clear that there are plenty of people with vision disabilities who use computers with adaptive software and are quite proficient at it.  I however am not one of those people.  What makes it worse just lately is that my set up is getting old and therefore it fails me quite regularly.

 

So I wanted to comment on a law.  In my opinion one should be familiar with something that one wishes to discuss.  So I read it.  I read it.  Such a short and simple sentence to describe the process of seeking, finding, attempting to read, failing, restarting my computer, trying again, quitting, going for a walk, trying again, throwing myself on the floor, blogging, trying again……..

 

Is it like the people with physical disabilities building the ramps? 

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