How Someone Deaf and Nearly Blind Uses the Apple Watch

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

This piece over on Molly Watt Trust is a delightful read:

Learning to live with sight loss, when you are already deaf, can be pretty inconvenient. The world just isn’t designed with deafblind people in mind. It’s the little things that are most stressful. The things that most people wouldn’t think of. There are dozens of small daily irritations that pile up, and erode confidence, until the least tiring option is simply not to go out.

My cane and my guide dog are brilliant for awareness and mobility. I wouldn’t be without either of these things, but they don’t solve the whole gamut of other stresses that deafblind people face.

Now enter, centre stage - The AppleWatch!

This little unassuming piece of tech has already made my life as a deafblind person much easier, but what has really blown my mind is the potential that it offers deafblind people for more relaxed, equal lives.

I talk a lot about the Apple Watch here, but there are certain perspectives that I'm just never going to be able to share. In this case, it's actually a scenario I had never really considered. Of course there are many people in the world who suffer from poor or absent sight and hearing, but I had not considered just how impactful things like the Apple Watch could be on their day-to-day lives.