Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Helping others to navigate

This is just one of the commitments that I have made to myself, my mission with a passion. Those who know me will always hear me say that my top priority is the kids of the future. To ensure that their playing field is made more level than mine, to ensure that they have a better chance at keeping up with technology, and to ensure that their lives as a whole is that bit closer to mainstream life. In short, my mission with a passion is to help others navigate.

True it is that we may never be able to obtain a so-called mainstream life, and logic would dictate that this statement is very true but we, as blind and sight-impaired persons, must not give up. We need to focus on making our lives as comfortable as possible. We need to ensure that we can find ways to attain our objectives and we need to do it in ways that are not going to rub others the wrong way.

As technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, we too must find ways to keep up in our own way. We may never be able to keep up with technology but how about trying to keep within a comfortable distance? Technology is what rules the world today and we need to keep this in mind. The one thing that we can do is to help others navigate. Help those blind and sight-impaired who are less fortunate, who are less technically savvy, and who are less confident when it comes to navigating the mainstream world.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and share my thoughts with others. Visit www.nfb.org or www.rnib.org to learn more.

1 comment:

  1. I happen to disagree that the vast increases in technology are a bad thing for us. In fact I think it's just the opposite. It's because of technology that more stuff works for us like the iPhone or the iPad. When I was 3, I fantasized about a talking computer. Now we have multiple screen readers. It is not the technology, but the way it is designed that kills us. We would be screwed if technology did not evolve at the pace it has.

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