A sight for sore eyes
Being severely visually impaired, I haven’t read a magazine for years. I usually pick one up in a waiting room, flip through and choose the most colourful page without black and white lines on it, bring it close to my face and try to make out the shapes. Then I swish towards the back in the hope of finding a large-print Sudoku to keep my brain amused for a few minutes in my blurry world. Then in June my husband bought me a copy of FAIRLADY; I’d recently downloaded a ‘scan and read’ app (KNFB Reader) on my iPhone and thought this would be a nice way to try it out. I read the mag from cover to cover – from adverts to articles on topics that never appeared in my own concocted version of the pictures. I was so inspired by my newfound portal to words that I wanted to pop! I loved the story about Sally Partridge’s leap of faith into the world of words [‘Writing saved my life,’ May 2018]. Having access to the written word is a constant and usually expensive struggle for the visually impaired. The new technology on smart devices has literally opened the eyes of the blind. The ‘Seeing AI’ app has been made available, free on iOS, to SA customers. It’s amazing! I am using it to read this month’s FAIRLADY, relaxing as it narrates article after article. I’m now aware of how much I’ve been missing out on. I’m so grateful to live in this era of AI! Thank you, coders and geeks, and thank you, FAIRLADY for the inspirational articles.
Jenny Webster (https://going blindwithinsight.wordpress.com) Ed: Thank you, Jenny, for showing us FAIRLADY through your brand-new eyes!