A sight for sore eyes

Fairlady - - YOUR SAY -

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!

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