What people in Bangalore perceive about a Visually Impaired

This video came to my notice & I thought to share some of my views

No we don’t need help all the time… we are as independent as able body people & might need some assistance to do few things… with advance in technology all the things like cooking, cleaning, travelling & all the daily activities can be performed by us independently.

We use white cane to let the world know that we are blind. This doesn’t mean we cannot travel independently, in an inaccessible country like India you can always see us navigating the traffic & travel in public transport without any problem… often people offer help & some of us are receptive to it & some of them are not… People who reject your offer of help are not being rude they are just stating that I am fine & I am independent.
With new currency notes released in India after demonetization people with visual impairment are finding it difficult to identify the currency notes. They Are not in same size like before & am not sure if there is an easy identification mark on them. One of my friends who is born blind & knew braille also said I also cannot identify the new currency notes.
We use computers & smart phones a lot may be better than the sighted people… the only problem is most of the websites & Apps are not accessible to the screen reader technology that we use. Here is a demo of a blind user demonstrating how we use computers

If you have any questions on our independent living or how we navigate the world without assistance then the comments section is open. Let’s talk the possible & the impossible…

By Raghavendra Satish Peri

Raghava is a digital accessibility evangelist working at Deque Systems as Senior Accessibility Consultant breaking web accessibility & mobile accessibility challenges.

He authors an Accessibility Blog & is galvanising the adoption of accessibility by inspiring the local tech community with meetups and mentorship. When away from his computer, Raghava can be found at local cafes & restaurants sampling cuisines, attending local meetups, listening to audio books or writing on his Personal Blog.

4 replies on “What people in Bangalore perceive about a Visually Impaired”

Keerthi, disability education is something that is not added into our main stream educational system. Once this happens we will have more awareness. When society starts seeing people with disability everywhere, they will change their perceptions.

Yesterday at work somebody was speaking about accessibility in websites. And I spoke of you fondly (and with great admiration) and your continued contribution to enabling accessibility. Keep spreading the awareness Raghava, we need more inclusivity in our lives!

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