Stevie Wonder at the Grammy’s


 

“We need to make every single thing accessible to people with disabilities.” -Stevie Wonder

Check out this link:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/02/15/stevie_wonder_reading_the_envelope_in_braille_was_grammys_2016_s_most_charming.html
I usually don’t care about the Grammy’s.. At all. But it was really cool to see Stevie Wonder singing a tribute song with one of my favorite bands, Pentatonix, and cracking a joke about how they can’t read the contents of his envelope because it’s in Braille. He was quite charming and funny about it but the point deep down is people with disabilities, especially print disabilities such as blindness, can’t read much of the print in this world, whereas Pentatonix cannot read only that one document. 

For those who may not know, Stevie Wonder is an amazing musician who is also blind. Some people to this day don’t believe he is really blind because he is that good. 

After his little joke today, he said that every single thing should be accessible to people with disabilities. How true is that?! It is awesome that he incorporated that into the Grammy’s! 

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on “Stevie Wonder at the Grammy’s”

  1. I agree about improving accessibility, but it bothers me that people still use Braille. As you said, Pentatonix can only not read that one document, but nothing else is accessible to Stevie Wonder. In this day and age, why can’t we come up with a better technological solution so that people with visual impairments can use technology to “read” instead of having to rely on Braille and being alienated from fully sighted people? There has to be a better way. Teach visually impaired kids to touch-type on regular keyboards. Teach them to use print readers (OCR devices). Don’t teach them Braille. (Sorry, that’s my rant – Braille is not an option for my daughter with RP because she can’t feel her fingers, and ever since we realized Braille was out for her we started trying to find other options. Every blind kid should have those other options; they should not have to be alienated just because they are taught Braille is their only choice.)

    1. Hello! I do understand what you are saying. I do not know that I will ever become proficient in Braille to spend time reading for leisure etc but there are some situations when having access to it can be handy, especially in public locations. The schools are required to give children a method to read to test reading comprehension, etc. While technology is great and can read print aloud, that doesn’t test the individuals reading comprehension which is why Braille is necessary. However, I am almost totally blind and I don’t know Braille and like I said I don’t know that I will ever use it for leisure but only for practical reasons. My fingers are not very sensitive but I think I am getting there. I do use many other methods such as OCR, a special OCR camera, JAWS, etc to read and do just fine. There is a time and a place for Braille and for some it is entirely important and useful.

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