Making work meetings inclusive for colleagues who are blind or visually impaired: Quick tips to consider

In my job as a researcher, I am part of different projects, which means I attend many meetings with different groups. I have attended a number of meetings where the agenda or a document is projected to organize the meeting and keep everyone on the same page. However, when this information is not read orContinue reading “Making work meetings inclusive for colleagues who are blind or visually impaired: Quick tips to consider”

When you know your mission in life, you’ll be able to overcome obstacles: Summary of my educational journey

On August 12th, 2022, I passed my Ph.D. defense, which marks the passing of a major milestone in my life. I was proud, happy, and thrilled to share my accomplishment with my family, friends, and social media network after all the hard work I put into it. Not only my family were proud to celebrateContinue reading “When you know your mission in life, you’ll be able to overcome obstacles: Summary of my educational journey”

Tips for How to Make a Graduation Ceremony Inclusive for a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired

I can’t express my excitement that I will be graduating from my Ph.D. program this year! As I am preparing for the graduation ceremony, I was thinking of some of the graduation and award ceremonies I have had in the past. In my experience, accessibility at these events was inconsistent. Therefore, I wanted to shareContinue reading “Tips for How to Make a Graduation Ceremony Inclusive for a Person who is Blind or Visually Impaired”

Hard Work and Success: My Journey as a Misk Fellow

I am proud to share with you my amazing journey with the Misk fellowship program. The Misk fellowship program is “an ambitious program to refine the skills of Saudi youth showing high competencies and grand aspirations.” I saw the advertisement for the program inviting talented Saudi students studying in the top 100 universities to applyContinue reading “Hard Work and Success: My Journey as a Misk Fellow”

We agreed that I will be her eyes. An interview with a running coach for the blind.

Recently I interviewed Yousef who became a running coach for the blind by fate. Yousef earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has been coaching cycling and running in Saudi Arabia for 2 years. His first blind trainee, Reem, is a 25-year-old woman, and is soon to be a lawyer. Reem is legally blindContinue reading “We agreed that I will be her eyes. An interview with a running coach for the blind.”

Summer Fun is for Everyone: The Importance of Physical and Outdoor Activity for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

As the weather gets warmer and summer vacation starts, many people engage more in physical and outdoor activities. However, often people with different types of disabilities face barriers to these activities. People who are blind or visually impaired (BVI) spend more time engaged in sedentary activities such as computer work or traveling (e.g. car orContinue reading “Summer Fun is for Everyone: The Importance of Physical and Outdoor Activity for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired”

I Know You: Making the Unfamiliar Familiar to People who are Blind

I have been working as one of three data analysts in a department project for the last six weeks. The other data analysts are also PhD candidates from different tracks than mine. Since this was our first time working together as a team, we were trying to get to know each other’s experiences. We wouldContinue reading “I Know You: Making the Unfamiliar Familiar to People who are Blind”

Cultivating Socials Skills In People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired

In my previous article (Understanding Social Anxiety and Blindness), I talked about how a lack of social skills can lead to social anxiety in people who are blind and visually impaired. In this article, I am focusing how building social skills can prevent or reduce the risk of having such anxiety. Studies have shown thatContinue reading “Cultivating Socials Skills In People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired”

Understanding Social Anxiety and Blindness: Tips for Supporting a Friend or Family Member

I started conducting my dissertation research a month ago. While I was conducting my interviews, I became curious to learn about social anxiety among people who are blind and visually impaired (BVI). Studies have shown that people who are blind and visually impaired have higher risk of social anxiety than sighted people because they cannotContinue reading “Understanding Social Anxiety and Blindness: Tips for Supporting a Friend or Family Member”

Building a System of Support: Critical Tips for Caregivers of Children who Are Blind

By Roqayah Ajaj In a recent discussion I had with a group of teachers of the visually impaired, one of the teachers (who is blind herself) mentioned that her own mother still directed her with vague words like “here” and “there,” instead of giving precise directions. As educators and advocates, we push for communities toContinue reading “Building a System of Support: Critical Tips for Caregivers of Children who Are Blind”