Welcome to the aftermath of Apple’s WWDC keynote address, otherwise known as Triple-click Home Episode 30. This month, the team pokes a bit of fun at some Twitter feedback while discussing the rather momentous news from this year’s WWDC event.
From Pam Francis:
Hello folks, Thank you for another quite informative addition of triple click home. I agree with your assessment of the entitlement mentality. I think it truly begins at home when a blind person is young and attempting to integrate with the family. If the family is ignorant of whatever resources they can access to help their blind family member, it’s easier to wait on them, do for them, make them feel entitled, ultimately giving them a pass at life. I know from personal experience how once family can make one feel like a sore thumb, sticking out with and family activities, children’s games etc. by the grace of the living God, I had an advocate from the time I was in preschool through early adulthood. She was my preschool teacher in a blind preschool here in Kansas City. Her advocacy along with my extroverted personality helped me escape the shelter of my family and grow into myself. I think it is also imperative for anyone with any kind of a disability to develop networking skills within their community. As for the division between the blind organizations, I think it has done more harm than good. We all have a common goal as all of you stressed on your Podcast. I understand there are different ways to get there, however there’s no reason for all of the backbiting between the various organizations and their splinter groups. That in itself helps to create the negative image we, who are functioning members of society have to live down. I don’t belong to either group. I don’t feel better than anyone, yet I don’t want to deal with all of the infighting that comes with group membership. I have done things and Been places within my life that the majority of my family members dream about. I’m not afraid to go anywhere. I also heard you make mention of looking at restaurant menus. Not sure if you’re familiar with the allmenus app. I’m enclosing a link to the app within the body of this email. It is completely accessible. The link I have is to the iOS app. I don’t know if It is available on android. In closing, I hope in this era of technology the division between the blind organizations and blind people in general has been mitigated by the use of technology and the need to learn. Thanks again, keep up the good work. Sincerely, Pam francis
From Jenine Stanley:
Thanks Lisa for verifying my thought about the new Fleksy. I kept thinking the keyboard was smaller and I actually like it now that I got that idea into my head and am using it as such rather than the old way. I still want an easier way to do numbers and symbols but I’ll use the VO app if I really want that. Nice that both still work.
As for us as a community, the divide as I see it is those who want to be just people who happen to not do things visually versus those who want to be considered special because of that fact. These divides are present within both national groups of blind people so it’s not an ACB versus NFB thing so much as a focus on what you can do versus what you can’t.
I just see so much of the attitude that “We can’t because we are blind and we need this or that special thing, service or price break.” versus “OK, if you could add this, I’d have an even better experience with your product or service than I already do.”
Now if we can get Fleksy into Status Report I’ll be a very happy camper.
Another from Jenine:
Not to be a curmudgeon about this one but though the UK has more audio description, is it as good? Is some info, even when grossly incorrect, better than no info?
OK, I’ll admit to being a spoiled purist when it comes to audio description. I cut my teeth on the proliferation of live audio description done by really quality describers that has been available in Columbus, Ohio since the ’80’s. Wow, looking back, that’s a long time.
The height of this experience was seeing Titanic described live. Sorry James Cameron and Angie Dickenson, our live describer had you both beat hands down.
So I do enjoy grabbing TV series and such from places like Blind Mice Mart but recently I was very frustrated with my experiences with one.
I am a giant Game of Thrones fan and actually read all of the books before gobbling up the TV series. I know the plot, the characters, all that good stuff and there are a ton of characters in this story. I recommended the HBO series to a friend in part because of the stunning audio that comes with HBO production. Great but she was so confused by the audio description getting the names wrong or giving minimal or sometimes incorrect descriptions of things that she gave up or had me translate.
That got me wondering about other shows with such description. I gave up on Downton Abbey in part because the description frustrated me.
so be careful what you wish for.
Buddy Brannan is getting fit and having fun at the same time with the popular iOS game Zombies, Run!
Finally, John Panarese is being a good uncle and getting into baseball this season with the MLB At Bat app.
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