Blogging has most definitely taken the online world by storm in the past few years, with topics such as fashion, travel, food and even pets being talked about on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. From recommendations to how-to guides, bloggers have fast become the source of everyday knowledge and advice for readers and viewers across the globe.
In particular, the disabled community online has seen bloggers talking about accessibility in venues, cities, shops, along with advice on where to find mobility aids, especially from visually impaired bloggers. In this blog, we’re sharing our top visually impaired/blind blogs which we think everyone should read.
Holly is a 23-year-old York St John University graduate who lives with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a condition which causes her to only see light and dark. As of 2019, Holly has been running her blog Life of a Blind Girl for 4 years, with blog posts focussing on educating others about vision impairment, concerts she has attended and how to make blogs more accessible for VI individuals. Holly’s professional yet positive advice makes her blog easy and fun to read, whilst her tips on accessibility are highly useful.
Elin is a 20-year-old Welsh blogger at her site My Blurred World, where she writes about her life with Retinitis Pigmentosa. Starting her blog in 2015, Elin originally focussed on accessible beauty and topics such as how she applies her makeup and has now expanded to more personal thoughts on her visual impairment, concert reviews and building her confidence. Elin also provides excellent advice to parents of VI children and even invites her family members to share their point of view.
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Award-winning blogger Chloe has been writing about being partially sighted since 2013, in addition to her experiences living with cerebral palsy. Her blog Chloe Tear addresses the wide range of issues disabled individuals face in the world and campaigns to educate others about how to overcome these issues. Chloe has spoken honestly and humorously about her disabilities during her university life on TV and radio when she was studying at York University and continues to blog about her experiences and advice while working full-time for Scope.
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Emily is a 23-year-old Masters degree graduate, YouTuber and blogger over at Fashioneyesta, where she talks about living with Septo Optic Dysplasia and Nystagmus, conditions which mean Emily has no sight in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye. Founded in 2012, Emily’s blog features posts on how she applies her makeup when living with a vision impairment, along with her experiences with her guide dog Unity. Emily campaigns to address the public’s opinion that “blind people can’t be stylish”, by regularly posting about her outfits and makeup on her blog and YouTube.
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