Often I have encountered a blind friend riding the bus only to find out that they were at the same event I attended, although neither of us knew the other was there. I’m sure this happens to sighted folks as well, but it’s particularly frustrating when you need to talk to someone to learn later that you missed the chance because you couldn’t wander around and spot them in the crowd. Smart phones and apps like Foursquare to the rescue. Now with smart phones we can call our friends to learn their locations, or post to Foursquare and learn which of our friends are nearby. Now, the next step is face recognition so we can learn who is around without shouting it out via location-based apps!
Pat Pound is a disability consultant from Austin, Texas who has used technology for many years, starting a training unit for people who are blind in the ’80′s. She worked for the State of Texas for many years and shaped disability policy including information accessibility. She is now “retired” but that just means she only does work she likes! She is a weaver, game enthusiast, and has trained teachers of visually impaired kids regarding use of IOS devices. “My own blindness has lead me down many interesting paths and it’s such fun now to see how technology can improve our lives!”
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