Great.com interviews the Carroll Center for the Blind about the elements of an independent and fulfilling life for those with vision loss
BY EMIL EKVARDT (VIA GREAT.COM)
Emil Ekvardt from Great.com interviews the Carroll Center for the Blind as part of the ‘Great.com Talks With…’ podcast. In this episode, Emil speaks with Bruce Howell, Accessibility Services Manager. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
Holding Technology Accountable for Accessibility
Technology is a game-changer for those who are visually impaired. It enables people to take ownership of life tasks, educate themselves and keep up with their peers. Yet, the rapid development of technology in response to global demands (such as the current pandemic) often means that elements which enable accessibility are less than perfect. Bruce Howell, Accessibility Services Manager at the Carroll Center for the Blind details the Center’s residential program, community services and efforts to ensure new technology is built in a way that is accessible for all.
Offering Hope and Life Skills for Empowerment
As a result of their vision impairment, people may often feel isolated. With the ongoing promise of improving the lives of people with vision related problems, the Carroll Center for the Blind has pioneered many innovative services allowing people who are blind or have low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, in their workplaces and in the community. Howell explains how the Carroll Center supports people through education into entering the workforce, as well as boosting their self-confidence and helping them to feel safe within their community. All are aspects vital to leading a full and independent life.
Listen and watch the whole interview below to learn more about the Carroll Center’s programs and advocacy for digital accessibility. You can also donate to the cause or get involved with the virtual 5K Run & Walk for INDEPENDENCE annual fundraiser, which will take place this April. Supporters and volunteers play a crucial role at the Carroll Center, helping to achieve our goals and positive impact.
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