toward better accessibility for visually impaired persons

Recently Khorea Frederica Matthewes-Green, wife of Archpriest Gregory Matthewes-Green, the spiritual Father and Pastor of the parish of Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, Maryland, interviewed Tim Mehok of Saints Peter & Paul OCA Church in Lorain, Ohio. Tim has visual impairments, and he has some insights as to how parishes can improve their service to people with visual impairments. This is a 21 minute audio interview from Ancient Faith Radio from March 10, 2011:

Ancient Faith: Visually Impaired Persons

Tim mentions a lot of practical issues, such as the fact that people with visual impairments need help with transportation, since they can’t drive. He also mentions how helpful bells on the censers are.

There was also discussion concerning the value of 3-D icons which have a tactile element. There are parishes in Russia which are addressing this, but of course the need is everywhere. Here is one of  them: 

  Incendiary: Icons for the Blind

Tim mentioned some online resources which could make websites accessible to persons with visual impairment: 

GWMicro Freedom Scientific

 

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