How Did Orientation and Mobility Training for the Blind Help Me Become a Better Person

blind woman crossing the street during her orientation and mobility training

What happened before the orientation and mobility training

blind with a cane crossing the street during mobility training
Sarah using a cane while crossing the busy street

Hello my name is Sarah, and I am blind since birth. I am sure if you’ll spend even just 30 seconds of your time browsing on this website, most likely you are going to discover some of my video performances; as I am a singer by profession, and being featured here regularly. But in this post I am going to talk about the orientation and mobility training I am currently enrolled in, which I think is so essential for people who are blind or have visual impairment like me. But before I begin, I’d like to share to you a short introduction about my life.Continue reading How Did Orientation and Mobility Training for the Blind Help Me Become a Better Person


Different Blindness Myths that You Should be Aware of

blind woman while crossing the street
blind trying to cross a street with out assistance
blind trying to cross a street

In this post, I am going to list some of the things you may have considered facts about blind people for a long time. Below are some things that should make this whole blindness thing a little less confusing for everyone particularly the sighted people:

  • The word “blind” is not (should not be) offensive.
  • Blind people are not amazing.

Blindness does not directly result in depression, anger, sadness, bitterness, or really any other negative emotional state, though loss of eyesight can take some people longer to cope with than others, particularly if vision deteriorates later in life; the grieving process should be respected.

It is perfectly fine to use words like, “see”, “look,” and “Watch,” there is nothing offensive about any of these sorts of words, nor is there a useful substitute.Continue reading Different Blindness Myths that You Should be Aware of


Binaural Podcast (Headphones Required) First Episode

Binaural recording is most appreciated by blind and visually impaired people since they rely solely on different environmental sounds when they want to familiarize themselves with new surroundings, or they just want to have a detailed spacial description of the environment. Of course the description from a real human would definitely help in some cases, but because of the notion that blind people have a very sensitive hearing for example, they are able to accurately pinpoint the location of a sound source around them, and learn their actual physical position in the process by just using their ears and sometimes with the help of their other senses as well. One topic you can read is echolocation if you want to know more about it.

Sound Professionals Binaural Podcast by Sarah

This is the first episode of our podcast about binaural recording through a special type of microphones called Sound Professionals, and the handy digital recorder called Zoom H1. In this podcast, Sarah is going to demonstrate the difference in sound quality when you record using regular stereo recorder, and the binaural recording which I’m going to discuss more below.Continue reading Binaural Podcast (Headphones Required) First Episode


Google Text-to-speech Filipino Language for Talkback Screen Reader is Now Available

Google Pixel XL Accessible Android Phone
Google Pixel XL Accessible Android Phone
A very accessible Android phone called Google Pixel XL

Last October, Google has finally released the Filipino language support on its 3.13.3 update for their text-to-speech engine for Android and other products. Google TTS converts the text into speech which can be useful especially for visually impaired users of Talkback, a screen reader built-in to Android operating system.Continue reading Google Text-to-speech Filipino Language for Talkback Screen Reader is Now Available


A Blind Legend: An Accessible Audio Game Podcast (Headphones Recommended)

A Blind Legend is an accessible audio game for visually impaired gamers but sighted people are also welcome to try it for them to become more familiar with blindness and how a blind person is able to move around his or her surroundings. It is not perfect, but the realism is evident in the game, as well as the accuracy of the sound positions and other sound effects.

A Blind Legend Podcast (Headphones Recommended) hosted by Sarah

This is the first episode of our podcast about A Blind Legend, an audio game for the visually impaired people. This exciting, accessible audio game for the blind is available on the App Store for iOS, Play Store for Android and there are also Windows and Mac versions of A Blind Legend. Both mobile versions of the game are free, while the Mac and PC versions cost 229.95 pesos.Continue reading A Blind Legend: An Accessible Audio Game Podcast (Headphones Recommended)



WATCH: Viral Video of a Blind Filipino Singer Singing Angel

Just recently one of the videos of Sarah Joyce, a female Filipino blind singer became viral on Facebook.

Viral video of Sarah Joyce Roberts a female blind singer/keyboardist
Sarah Joyce Roberts a viral female blind singer and a keyboardist

Watch this viral video of a talented Filipino blind girl named Sarah Joyce Roberts while singing a song called Angel by Sarah Mclachlan and playing a keyboard at the same time. Currently her video has hundred thousand views and counting on Facebook, plus thousands of reactions and shares. No wonder she is really “a true gifted”, “a girl that has an angelic voice” and “a sweet young lady”, according to netizens. Continue reading WATCH: Viral Video of a Blind Filipino Singer Singing Angel