So, after my contact with Henshaws, I wanted to look elsewhere to widen my chances of getting the support I needed. But first, I want to talk briefly about my experience with Apple. If I hadn’t received their help, I wouldn’t be writing this blog.
Initially, I struggled to find the support I was looking for with Apple. I made a few appointments at the Apple stores in the hope that I could get help from the staff but, unfortunately, I didn’t have a particularly good experience.
However, following talks with the Trafford Centre Apple store manager, I managed to book some sessions with an accessibility software specialist. This has been extremely helpful and I am now getting the hang of my MacBook, which is making it a lot easier for me to write my blog. It is most definitely an ongoing learning journey as there’s a lot of technical processes involved. Apple at the Trafford Centre have told me they are running some accessibility workshops from the end of January, so hopefully this will help me further my skills.
I am also looking at setting up some workshops with the sensory department at Manchester City Council. I will incorporate social groups for blind and visually impaired adults aged between 25 and 45, who are looking to connect with others going through the same difficulties. Visually impaired parents with sighted children are also welcome to attend.
I have recently become an Ambassador for Esme’s Umbrella – a support network for Charles Bonnet Syndrome. This is a condition that many people develop after losing their sight and it can cause hallucinations. I will talk about this in more detail in a future blog, so please check back for further updates.
Thank you for reading.
All my love,