Apple Pay: help people who are blind or vision impaired to be more independent
ANZ bank is already on board with Apple Pay within Australia. Why are all the other banks with in Australia taking longer to follow suit? Bringing apple pay to all banks can make a big impact on peoples lives, particularly those who have disabilities. Using one device instead of keeping track of several cards makes paying easy for everyone. Apple pay makes paying Simple, secure and private. Gone are the days of searching for your wallet and the wasted moments finding the right cards which are not accessible for people who are blind or vision impaired due to the pore font size and the colour contrast of the cards which are issued to us by our bank providers. The other good thing about apple pay is your card details are never shared when you use Apple Pay. In fact, they aren’t stored on your device at all! With your signature, your not only helping people who are blind or vision impaired. Your helping everyone in the general public.
To provide more audio description movies in the iTunes Store
As I am legally blind, I would like to see audio description provided on many more movies in the iTunes stores for people who are blind or vision impaired. Many DVDs have audio description on them, but they require someone who is sighted to go into the menu section, select the language option and turn the audio description on. If the audio description is available for a movie on DVD, then iTunes should make it available in their stores. iPhones and iPads are becoming popular in the blind community, and are used by both adults and children, but at the moment there are only a very few movies in the iTunes store with audio description. Providing more would be incredibly beneficial for people who are blind or vision impaired, as we can download them directly to our iPhone or iPad, then the voiceover that comes with all Apple products will read out the movie title for us. This way we could keep all our audio described movies in one area on our device, as well as allow us to access the movie on the go or in our free time without having to rely on sighted assistance to turn on this feature for us. Last September I took Apple to the Human Rights Commission about this problem. After a conciliation meeting between myself and Apple, they told me that this has not their responsibility, it’s up to the main movie distributors. I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. There are obviously no technical issues with putting audio description on iTunes, and Netflix has a lot more audio described movies in its Australian store. information on what audio description is can be found hear www.audiodescription.com.au/ So please sign this petition and help get more audio description on iTunes
Virgin Australia - please help blind people like me on your flights
I'm sitting here bored, frustrated, and upset. For my 20 hour flight to America there will be no in-flight entertainment – but that's because I'm blind and Virgin don't have audio captions on their entertainment system. As someone who is blind, while my fellow jet lagged travellers get through the hours watching movies - I'm often left calling for help or not knowing what's happening on screen. The solution is simple. But I'm told that while Virgin Australia have the software upgrade ready, they're not putting it on planes just yet because blind people aren't a business priority. Jetlag is the worst. Now imagine you were left stuck for 20 hours without any entertainment! Please sign my petition asking Virgin Australia to help blind people like me out – and make in-flight entertainment accessible for us!