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.

My Communication M.A.P.S.

Before I press  “Call” or “Send” to start communicating, I check my M.A.P.S.

Method – Audience – Purpose – Self-Reflection M.A.P.S.

Method – The best way to communicate, text, email, face-to-face, or a phone call ?

Audience – Who are they & how well do I know them?

Purpose – Why am I doing this?

Self-Reflection – Am I in the right headspace to start communicating?

The first step before I send an email or make that phone call is to run this checklist in my mind.

Most of us feel okay when it comes to communicating to different people, however, in the disability space right now, things are changing, as there are more players from different backgrounds who have different agendas.

We maybe advocating, promoting or simply looking for services that meets the needs of people with disabilities.

Whatever the reason is for communicating, it has to be effective.

Communicating from a wheelchair, being a Justice of the Peace & my interest in multiculturalism has been a great way for me to build on my effective communication technique.

A friend of mine Zen, & I have set up Empower Your English (EYE).

Our initial thoughts were that EYE would benefit culturally diverse consumers, however we are noticing that there is an interest from others who want to hear our individual communication approach that we use.

Our website eyenow.melbourne will give you more information about our workshops & when they are.

“Choice & Control”, not just a NDIS slogan

The movie “Me before You” I enjoyed it.

At the end of the day it was a humorous love story where a guy who had quadriplegia and his carer fell in love.

It made me laugh and cry, that’s why I go to the movies.

Being born with a disability, I would often look at others who had acquired their’s & think to myself, they need to toughen up & stop being so bitter towards themselves and others.

I remember telling “Superman” (Christopher Reeves) how disappointed I was with him after his presentation at the Fox Studios in Sydney when he told everybody

“He would rather be dead than remain in a wheelchair on a ventilator”

“Me before You” is being criticised big time on Facebook as a “Pity Party” sending out negative perceptions of people with disabilities.

In reality, everybody handles their own disability in their own way.

There are the elite go-getters and at the other end you have those who struggle every day.

We need more “Disruptive” movies like “Me before You” that challenges peoples’ perception about disability.

I support “Choice and Control” when it comes living or not with your disability.

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