An image of a woman holding a white cane whilst using her mobile phone recently went viral on social media, and it highlighted many of the misconceptions that the general public have around the lives of blind and partially sighted people. Many blind and partially sighted people responded by sharing their own photos with the hashtag #BlindPeopleUsePhones, saying how they use theirs.
In fact, there’s no reason why someone couldn’t have a mobile phone and also use a cane (or indeed, a guide dog). Most smartphones have built-in accessibility features like voice control, magnification and screen readers. Members of our community have told us they find them invaluable for things like planning journeys, sending messages and emails and checking social media.
Did you know that 93 per cent of blind and partially sighted people can see something? Our How I See campaign is just one part of our work to continue to challenge misconceptions of blind and partially sighted people, breaking down barriers in society and encouraging people to see the person, not the sight loss. Watch our film to find out more.
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