Hello, Get in Touch! Inc. Family! It's been a while since our last blog post, and we're here to deliver a much-needed update about the coronavirus and how it is affecting the blind community.
In light of the new pandemic, COVID-19 has swept both the country and the world by storm. This has been especially hard on blind individuals, and here are some reasons why:
Nowadays, getting an Uber or riding with a loved one puts many people at risk and breaks social distancing. However, many testing centers are drive-thru’s and thus inaccessible for blind individuals who are feeling ill.
Many of the graphs and curves that are shown online are inaccessible for blind individuals. It’s important that information is made available to everyone, not just the general public.
A majority of schools in America have switched to online learning. In light of this, many schools are using new inaccessible technology, making education almost impossible for many blind students.
In general, technology and app navigation has been hard on the blind community. During this dire time, it’s important that blind individuals emotionally keep in touch with each other, but that is almost impossible without proper knowledge of how to use technological platforms like Zoom.
We are reaching out to testing centers and Congress to advocate for more online and in-person accessibility. During strenuous times like these, it's important to remember that education and information must be made accessible to all. Whether you are blind or sighted, this time is probably very scary for you. It’s okay to feel these emotions, but Get in Touch! Inc. is your family. We will be here for you through your ups and downs. However, for some people, staying at home can be dangerous and life-threatening. If you are emotionally struggling, experiencing domestic abuse, or live with unaccepting family members, feel free to get in contact with these hotlines:
The Trevor Project Hotline - 1-866-488-7386
The National Domestic Violence Hotlines - 1-800-799-7233
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
On a different note, Get in Touch! Inc. has been using this time to connect with more blind individuals across the country via Zoom calls. We will be hosting weekly Zoom calls on Thursday nights that focus on app navigation, mental health, and ways to live the life you want to live. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Remember: this, too, shall pass.
Amy Liu, Founder of Get in Touch! Inc.