Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Gayle and I with my exercise bike

A few months ago my sister-in-law, Gayle, came to my rescue when she willingly agreed to help me label some of the options in the programs on my exercise bicycle.

Like so many other pieces of equipment, access to the various programs for a blind person is nonexistent.  That is, a blind person is unable to program stuff for themselves because they are unable to access the touch screens and this is all due to the fact that there is no way for a blind person to know where to touch on the screen.

In addition, these touch screens do not come equipped with any sort of talking facilities. That is, there is no speech output to enable a blind person to be able to navigate for themselves.  Accordingly, a blind person needs to depend on sighted assistance to do it.

Gayle set up the options within the programs for me.  She asked me what I wished to have labeled after she had read the options to me and then she labeled the screen for me using dymo tape.

After all was said and done, all I had to do was to locate the various labels on the screen, press them, and then choose whichever option I desired based on the number of beeps emitted.

It turned out fine for me, and Gayle had helped me to gain access to the programs on my exercise bicycle.

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