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”

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”

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”

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”

Adapting Healthcare Practices to Meet the Needs of Patients who Are Blind

By Roqayah Ajaj An important part of quality healthcare is a positive relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient. This relationship should be built on trust between both parties, as well as on mutual respect and dependable confidentiality. As with other settings, doctors’ offices and hospitals can be overwhelming to people with disabilities, especiallyContinue reading “Adapting Healthcare Practices to Meet the Needs of Patients who Are Blind”

A Taste of Full Inclusion: My Experience Using an Audio Describer

by Roqayah Ajaj In 2019, I planned to attend my first significant conference as a PhD student. It was the biggest conference that I had ever been to – over 3,000 people attended, and it went from 8am to 8pm for about four days in a row. As a person who is blind, when preparingContinue reading “A Taste of Full Inclusion: My Experience Using an Audio Describer”

Respect: A Crucial Piece of Giving Help to a Person who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

by Roqayah Ajaj This is a question that I often get: When should I help a person who is blind or visually impaired? In this blog, I am going to share with you some personal experiences that demonstrate when and how to respectfully offer me, or other people who are blind or visually impaired, helpContinue reading “Respect: A Crucial Piece of Giving Help to a Person who Is Blind or Visually Impaired”

Friendship and Blindness: Socializing across Different Abilities

By Roqayah Ajaj Do you enjoy going out and exploring new places with your friends? I do. Since coming to the United States for graduate school, I have a pretty small social circle, but I still make an effort to reach out and schedule times to go out and socialize. I’d like to share someContinue reading “Friendship and Blindness: Socializing across Different Abilities”