Google Home, a New Disability Support

It’s the small things in life that can make a big difference.

Google Home is a non-screen, voice responsive piece of technology which is helping me a lot.

It sits on my bedside table and I talk to it.

“Ok Google, what’s the weather tomorrow?”

“Ok Google, what’s happening in the news today?”

“Ok Google, remind me to take my medication in 2 hours”

“Ok Google, turn the light on (requires a special light globe)”

It does many other things, but for me I like keeping it simple as my video will show you.

In the interest of simplicity and being user friendly, the Google Home has given me another level of independence without being in front of a computer or a mobile phone.

Deformity is Deformity – Thanks Elephant Man

I went & saw the play The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man recently by Tom Wright.

No it wasn’t a copy of the movie or the book that we all know, but it was based on that story.

Deformity, do you stare, look away, touch, laugh, or cry?

It’s probably best that I don’t give too much away because of risk I may take away the “WOW” factor for those who are planning to see it.

As Joseph Merrick stood in his underwear on a chair as 2 nurses with long “stick pointers” described the folds of skin, his skeletal curves & other deformities, it really reminded me of some bad memories as a kid.

It was a small cast however Daniel Monks & Emma J Hawkins were fantastic & both have their own personal challenges.

Do make an effort to see this play.

The Real & Imagined History of The Elephant Man play is showing at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne only until 27th Aug 2017.

 

Stop Here, Reduce Your Anxiety

Excuse me, can you tell me where we are”?

As a wheelchair user on a crowded train, no way can I tell when I am approaching my train stop.

Innovation that gives people more confidence & can reduces anxiety when using public transport is fantastic 

The Stop Here mobile phone app is for commuters using Melbourne Metropolitan trains.

This app gives Audio & Visual notification from your mobile phone when you are arriving at your desired train station.

Yes that’s right, it’s a GPS type technology that helps us train travellers.

This app would also be useful for people from other countries where English as a Second Language (ESL) or from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Missing your train stop can be a real “Anxiety Trigger” when alternative methods of transport are limited.

So even if you may not use it yourself, why wouldn’t you put it on your phone to show others who could benefit?