Dave Steele aka The Blind Poet on meeting RoomMate for the first time....
From iSight Cornwall
As the Chief Executive of an independent sight loss charity, and registered blind for many years, I appreciate first-hand the crucial role the RoomMate has in transforming, formerly inaccessible, community areas into accessible spaces that can be enjoyed by visually impaired and sighted people alike. Moreover, aside from its primary function, an added bonus of the RoomMate is that it provides an interesting focal point to a room; generating thought-provoking discussions and commentary, thereby raising awareness in the general public regarding the barriers faced by visually impaired people on a daily basis. Since installing a RoomMate at our charity offices we frequently receive praise and positive remarks from visitors, both VIPs and sighted, who use the facility. For me, the question is not why does an organisation need a RoomMate, but why would they not want one?
We recently contacted Former Home Secretary, Lord Blunkett, to ask him if he had heard of the RoomMate® in the Palace of Westminster.... Little did we know that he would take it upon himself to go and have a look!
Tomorrow, 22nd October 2019 will be a pivotal day in the life of founder director Steve Holyer as he is interviewed by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the board members of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.
Shining up our shoes..and putting on our best togs. We await the outcome of the awards ceremony on 26th November. Exciting times for ADi Access.
The iconic Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex has joined a growing list of public buildings fitting the revolutionary RoomMate® in two of its accessible toilet facilities. The RoomMate® provides an audio description of ‘away from home’ toilets for Visually Impaired visitors who would normally rely on a carer, giving them much greater independence and dignity.
Dr Amit Patel gives his opinion. Thanks Amit.
Over two million people in the UK have a visual impairment, and employment opportunities for this huge cohort are still woefully inadequate. For many people with disabilities however, finding employment that matches their skills and experience is often not the end of discriminatory employment practice, but the beginning.
Last month my Daughter, Daisy 10, was selected to represent Team GB in the Laser run World Championships being held in Dublin on 28th September. After the initial excitement had worn off we realised that it would not be a cheap trip so we set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page and started raising the money.
A recent post about discrimination by disability groups themselves caught our eye as it included a link to a court decision from 2014 where a group of disabled theatre goers were charged double for the opportunity to see Bill Bailey. Why double? Read on..
In my lifetime technology has ripped apart many of the absolutes that I was taught at school and subsequently grew up with.