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My journey with technology as a person with a vision impairment initially presented significant challenges. Early digital tools and resources were not designed with accessibility in mind, making simple tasks like reading emails or browsing websites difficult. The limited functionality of early screen readers and the scarcity of accessible websites often left me feeling isolated and excluded from the fast-paced digital advancements that were reshaping the world.

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A woman holds her iPhone and uses its accessible technology features to access and read her text messages.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: the journey to digital inclusion

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Author: Siobhan Meade
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My journey with technology as a person with a vision impairment initially presented significant challenges. Early digital tools and resources were not designed with accessibility in mind, making simple tasks like reading emails or browsing websites difficult. The limited functionality of early screen readers and the scarcity of accessible websites often left me feeling isolated and excluded from the fast-paced digital advancements that were reshaping the world.

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    Author: Siobhan Meade
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    My journey with technology as a person with a vision impairment initially presented significant challenges. Early digital tools and resources were not designed with accessibility in mind, making simple tasks like reading emails or browsing websites difficult. The limited functionality of early screen readers and the scarcity of accessible websites often left me feeling isolated and excluded from the fast-paced digital advancements that were reshaping the world.

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    Black labrador puppy turns his head to the left to look at the camera
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    Author: Guide Dogs' Communications Team

    The 23rd of March is National Puppy Day, and we have some familiar faces to follow up with and find out how they are getting on in their journeys as life-changers.

  3. A person facing a computer screen uses their screen reader to access and read a PDF.
    A person facing a computer screen uses their screen reader to access and read a PDF.
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    Author: Siobhan Meade
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    A standout feature on Chrome browsers is the built-in capability to perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on PDF documents. This functionality is a game-changer, as it enables screen reader users like myself to extract text from PDFs that were previously inaccessible.

  4. A man with lots of blue coloured tattoos covering his head and arms sits wearing Guide Dogs branded blue scrubs. He is holding a young yellow Labrador guide dog puppy in his lap.
    A man with lots of blue coloured tattoos covering his head and arms sits wearing Guide Dogs branded blue scrubs. He is holding a young yellow Labrador guide dog puppy in his lap.
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    Author: Guide Dogs' Communications Team

    We’re encouraging puppy owners to look out for beards and other physical characteristics as socialisation opportunities, after research found one in five dog owners revealed their dogs have shown signs of fear or confusion when encountering unfamiliar physical attributes such as beards, facial piercings, tattoos, and unconventional hairstyles.

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