This is an inspiration that sparked my mind while listening to the wonderful talk of Ron McCallum given at TED and that is titled: “How technology allowed me to read“
In this charming, moving and humorous talk, Mr. McCallum shows how he is able to read — and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, Mr. McCallum become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader.
Whereas in a different corner of the world, another visually impaired person may be living a life that is totally different. How good it would be if they could be Buddies to communicate and learn from one another. Just like the penpal friends that wrote letters to each other before new communication styles like internet started.
Please check this wonderful TED Talk:
If you would ike to be involved in the establishment of a system that is described below, if you would like to contribute with your ideas, comments, with your experience in establishing such systems or with financial means, please contact me.
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INITIAL DESCRIPTION of “My Blind Buddy”
This is a system for connecting visually impaired people with their peers in different corners of the world.
The aim is to open the way for visually impaired people from different backgrounds, different countries, different development levels and financial means to establish a close connection with one another.
The mission is to assist the visually impaired person to find a “Buddy” in a diffent country- preferably in a less developped country for the one from the developped one, or the vice versa.
This way, they can learn from each other, share and thus empower one another.
By connecting with a person that has a similar disability, the visually impaired persons may realise that a different way of living, different life conditions and possibilities exist in different corners of the world and they can contribute to one another.
This may assist them to discover a new meaning of life by experiencing the pleasure of contributing positively to another person’s life.
…. and, finally, these two Buddies may end up being life-long friends after all !
….another good point! This system can be replicated for people with other disabilities! So it is a nice way to contribute to changing the world for the better!
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