Being Their Eyes


Blind citizens of WA are saying a new app is helping them with their everyday lives, and igniting conversation around the disability.

Be My Eyes website:

Released in 2015, Be My Eyes is a free mobile app that assists the lives of blind and low-sighted people around the world, providing them with a new pair of virtual eyes.

Video link:

The app is designed around the use of a video call, where blind and low-sighted individuals are connected with their sighted volunteer counterparts, essentially acting as their eyes, and helping them with everyday tasks.

Grace King has been blind since birth, and says the app has had a significant impact on her life. “It has definitely raised awareness and offered people who can see, a glimpse into the lives of people who are blind.”

she says.

Grace King talks about her experiences with Be My Eyes. Video: Harriet Flinn

The app has almost five million volunteers in over 150 different countries.

Savanna Kileff has been a Be My Eyes volunteer for almost one year, and has answered a number of calls, helping out blind app users from around the world.

“I actually first found out about the app on TikTok, and thought it was so amazing that I went straight to the app store to download it” she says.

“I remember waiting patiently for my first call and when my phone finally rung, it was someone in their house, who was struggling to figure out the flavour of their cider bottles.”

She says she felt extremely helpful after picking up that first phone call, and says so many of us take vision for granted.

Greg Madson is a senior consultant at GAM Industries, and has been helping create assistive disability technology for over eight years. He says the Be My Eyes app has been a huge step in the right direction.

“When you’re blind, you’re home and you’re by yourself, Be My Eyes acts as a voice of reason for so many blind people around the world.” “I have been working with vision impairment technology since 2013, and the app has definitely worked to create a more inclusive and accessible environment,” he says.

“Creating easy-to-use and adaptive technology for visually impaired people is so important in our new-age tech-world, so this app is definitely helping to raise the standard for disability communication.”


The Assistive Technology for All campaign

The Assistive Technology for All campaign has just been launched. An e-petition is the first of a series of actions they have planned for the months ahead.

it would be great if you could take the time to sign the e-petition and encourage your friends, family and supporters to do the same. You can access and complete the e-petition here: sign the e-petition

Welcome to the Be My Guide community!

Hello all

Welcome to the Be My Guide community!

My name is Paul, and I was part of the team at Senses Australia involved in developing Be My Guide. As our community grows, I wanted to acknowledge and thank each of you. I hope that Be My Guide has helped you in one way or another already, and I look forward to supporting you on your journey towards greater independence.

In my day-to-day work, I am an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. I am fortunate to assist blind, deafblind, and vision-impaired people to live a full and independent life. In particular, I teach skills in navigating the environment – knowing where you are (orientation), and getting where you need to go (mobility).

Be My Guide was created to encourage you to increase your confidence and independence in the community. Using video-calling technology, we link you with your most reliable supports – your friends and family, who describe your surroundings in real time, allowing you do what you need to do.

Go here to learn more about how Be My Guide could assist you: Be My Guide YouTube Clip

Senses Australia’s dedicated Sensory Services team supports people who are deaf, blind, or deafblind. Our team of specialists is available to help you or someone you know to develop important life skills and connect with others. Contact us to find out more about how we can support you to feel safe and confident in your community.

I truly hope that Be My Guide has made a difference to you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, I would be more than happy to assist you to achieve your full potential!

Paul Garwood
Senior Orientation Mobility Instructor
Therapy Services
M: 0413 543 815

Introducing Voice Control on Mac and iOS (with Audio Descriptions)

The link below will take you to a Youtube clip outlining the new Voice Control feature on iPhones, iPads and Macs.

New Voice Control feature

results of the 2019 web aim survey into the use of adaptive technology

The below link contains the results of the latest web aim survey into the use of adaptive technology .

Some notable findings, are that NVDA has moved ahead of JAWS and many screen reader users are moving to google chrome.