Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Disabled Streamers Online


At the end of a video chat on, I met a fellow who inspired this post. Kevin is visually impaired and he invited me to the Facebook Group: Disabled Live Streamers after I told him I used to work at the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) many years ago.

It got me thinking about how the Internet creates an even playing ground for some of those who might otherwise get overlooked for opportunity in a brick and mortar situation. (If you've ever been temporarily disabled or have had to escort someone who is in a wheelchair, you know what I mean. There may be ramps and main doors that open with a button, but try a bathroom door inside that building.)

Computers have been a saving grace for years. We've seen numerous movies where computers have been used to improve the lives of someone disabled. Lorenzo's Oil, The Theory of Everything, Tin Man, and Knight and Day are just a handful of examples.

There are opportunities galore, especially in streaming video. Anyone can create their own visual real estate on the web, and what a great way to integrate the disabled. 

The Disabled Online Users Association is also just one example of the wealth of resources available at the end of a Google search. But more than just a way to earn a living, the computer eliminates isolation. It is easy to find like-minded people and others who share a similar experience. You are never alone.

So whether you're blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, autistic, brain injured, have a speech disorder, chances are you can adapt your computer or mobile device to make the Internet easier to navigate multiple platforms in many different ways.  

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