[BCAB] Cost of Blindness
jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 15 08:30:57 GMT 2017
Your first point is not accurate. Sight and Sound, HumanWare and I believe Computer Room Services have payment schemes in place now. Apologies if this information is incorrect but it was my understanding. I've never looked into it because I prefer to wait and pay for what I want when I can afford it. This is very much my own strategy, I am not being derogatory to anyone else.
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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of goshawk on horseback
Sent: 15 December 2017 07:54
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Cost of Blindness
there are at least 2 rather big differences between upgrading something like an iPhone, and upgrading most of our specialist tech. the first, is that something like an iPhone can very easily be paid for in installments over that "year or two" so isn't anything like so much of a pane in the wallet as our specialist tech, for which there are no options to do that, meaning that the full cost of the upgrade has to be met at the time, which isn't always possible, especially for those of us relying solely on very inadequate benefits.
second, there is a much bigger/better market for something like an iPhone, as it can be sold on the open market, not just the VI one, so will generally go quicker, bringing in readies that much quicker.
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From: "David Taylor" <e.david.taylor at icloud.com>
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Sent: Friday, December 15, 2017 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Cost of Blindness
Well, Narrator is as good as Voiceover now, probably, if not, it's
certainly very much getting there, and is really very usable now. As for
prices and money, well, if we're totally blind, and need this stuff,
we'll be getting £450 a month DLA to help finance it, so I think we can
afford things that are in the hundreds if we want to. Also, the Stream,
for example, is a hell of a lot cheaper than an iPhone. Granted, it
doesn't do most of what the iPhone does, but it does what it does in a
more flexible and convenient way. I am glad we have both choices, and I
use both approaches, whichever suits me at the time. Nobody thinks
anything of upgrading an iPhone every year or two, but everybody resents
upgrading their specialist tech for some reason. Granted, some people
have reasons why they can't just put their money into the tech they
need, granted, braille is still a problem for many, although much less
than previously, and granted, we should always advocate for better.
However, in terms of technology, we live in such an exciting time.
On 15/12/2017 01:30, vic.pereira at virn.ca wrote:
> I can appreciate that there are some additional costs when a person has a
> disability. I do struggle with the idea having to pay substantially more
> to accomplish the same thing as a person who does not require assistive or
> adaptive items. For example, eBook readers have dropped significantly in
> price while something like the Victor Reader Stream costs pretty much the
> same as when it was first released and it may have even gone up in price.
> We should not have to pay four or five times as much to end up with the
> same result. I do like the idea of accessibility being part of the
> operating system or device. I am glad that Apple has moved in that
> direction along with Kindle and other such devices.
> If Microsoft can get Narrator to behave at least as well as VoiceOver that
> would be a good thing. It would be great to when the day comes when the
> software to make a computer accessible doesn't cost more than the computer
> itself. Built-in is far better than bolt-on.
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