How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision?
The Web is the defining technological revolution of our lifetime. Almost 2 billion of us are now online. The internet has created an unimaginable wealth of information and has an enormous impact on all our daily lives.
It facilitates organisation and communication. Nowadays, we quickly book a flight through the Ryan Air App on our smartphone or use CamScan to send the newest version of our CV via e-mail to the company we are applying for an internship at.
For us, the Web is handy. For people with disabilities, it is a lifechanging revolution. It restructures their relationship to life, to work and to the planet radically.
At the moment there are 37 million blind people in the world. Those who have access to the World Wide Web celebrate the power and the reach that it gives them. Suddenly their world is getting more and more open.
Through advanced technology they became able to live more independently. Chieko Asakawa lost her sight at the age of 14. Since the digital revolution she is fighting for a completely independent life for the blind community. Her latest technological invention is an app that allows blind people
- to move around indoor and outdoor all on their own
- to go grocery shopping without any help
- to meet friends and even to identify their facial expressions
The Web also has its adversaries. It has been blamed for creating a generation of web addicts. These web addicts, however, are not only us spending hours on the internet, but people like Chieko Asakawa, who are truly grateful to be dependent on technology and not on other people anymore.
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