Let me start by saying that neither Dishon nor I get into sports. We watch the Super Bowl every year simply because it’s one of those things that the general public does. Plus, the half time show is often entertaining. But we have blind friends who enjoy sports. So how do they keep up? Our friends will take a radio with them if they go to a game. The commentary is detailed enough to keep listeners enlightened. Of course, on television, there’s commentary, as well. But sometimes the atmosphere of a baseball game is a lot of fun. There’s nothing like a ball park hotdog.
The IPhone is one of the biggest trends right now. Just a few years ago, the words “blind” and “touch screen” did not mix well. But thanks to Apple, the blind are able to use what’s called VoiceOver. It’s compatible with a majority of frequently purchased aps, going on the Internet and, of course, texting. How? Nothing is selected until you double tap. No letter will be typed unless you double tap or raise your finger (depending on your settings). Dishon and I both have IPhones, and we agree that they are well worth the price.
There are a number of screen readers available to the Blind. If I use my computer to blog, the screen reader I use is called Jaws. While not every web site is accessible to the blind, I’ve been doing fine with posting. Typically, I use my IPhone to post. The voiceover reads everything and I use a bluetooth keyboard for the post itself. That’s how I was able to post in Florida.
Today, staff and students at the Colorado Center for the Blind are going rafting. How does this work? Each raft is assigned a guide who shows us the appropriate way to paddle in order to raft safely. We are also given life jackets and helmets. In an ideal world, everyone wears those. But we’ve all seen the news.
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.
Keep in mind that every married couple is different. Some are under the impression that the man should work and the woman should cook and clean. In our case, we share the responsibility of everything. We both are currently working. Dishon prefers to cook and clean, but I will jump in as needed. As far as finances, We split our rent and we’re each responsible for specific bills. When we have our children, things will change. We may become a typical couple.
Here’s a little something for the guys and the girls. Taking care of your hair is very simple. Let’s start with Dishon; he cuts his own hair. All he does is set his clippers to the zero setting and cuts it nice and short, all by feel. While I’m not brave enough to cut my own hair–it is different for women–I do straighten it on occasion. I did it today and thought it would make a great post. So here’s how I do it: first, after a shower, I apply spray leave-in conditioner and some straightening product. Then, I blow dry my hair pointing the blow dryer down above my hair. Last, I use a flat iron and straighten my hair in small sections. Once again, these are techniques that anyone can use. in the case of doing it blind, I have to really pay attention to how my hair feels. So the next time you’re styling your hair, try it without looking in the mirror. I bet it’s harder than it sounds.
Ok, everybody, you now have the floor. While you can always ask questions, I am specifically asking for them. So feel free to ask anything that comes to mind. Don’t worry about insulting me.
Let me start by saying that the phrase “Watch TV” is just a phrase, like, “Nice to see you.” But to word it literally, we participate in enjoying television. Some shows have enough dialogue for blind people to follow. Otherwise, we use what’s known as DVS. Television shows and movies are often available with someone describing the show or movie. It’s extremely well recorded–in between dialogue.