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Originally Posted May 21, 2020
By: NewmarketToday Staff
During a time when we are physically separated from family, friends, and our peers, technology helps to bridge the gap and encourage social connection from afar.
Although checking social media platforms, browsing the internet, and navigating video and audio streaming services are considered normal interactions, they also open doors of accessibility for others.
For Steven, a man with deafblindness, Facebook and email connect him with the outside world. “I communicate online because I like to talk to people” it is faster and easier [for me] to communicate.”
Deafblindness, a combined loss of hearing and vision, impacts access to information, communication, and mobility. Born with Rubella, also known as the German measles, Steven is profoundly deaf and blind in his left eye. He is legally blind in his right.