Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My exercise bicycle

When I bought my exercise bicycle I knew that I would need sighted help to familiarize myself with it, but first things first. I had to find a way to get it assembled.

My superintendent was ready and willing to help me with this task and it was done in quick time. Then came the moment for me to learn what it could do for me and now I had to learn all about the various options and programs. Of course, the menus were not accessible to me because there were no spoken options. Nothing spoke and so for a blind person it was totally unusable.

You are probably asking yourself, then why did I buy it? I am yet to find an exercise bicycle with audio instructions and it is not for the lack of constantly asking the sellers and manufacturers why this continues to be so. I do not really get an answer to my question. The most I get is for the service folks to say that they do not know.

I hope that this changes some day sooner than later. Suffice it to say that for now I'll use the bicycle's basic functions.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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