The video below, title Disability Services at CUNY, has been produced through the efforts of Ashleigh Thompson, University Dean for Education, Central Office of Academic Affairs, with funding from the IT Accessibility Task Force Strategic Technology Initiative (STI).
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app designed to bring sight to the blind and visually impaired with the help of sighted volunteers from around the world. Whenever you need visual assistance, the app lets you call a helper. A helper will explain what you are seeing through a live video connection. Volunteers are friendly citizens who have decided they are willing to lend their eyes as they go about their daily lives. Today there are over 1 million sighted helpers part of the Be My Eyes community who are ready and willing to assist you. Be My Eyes stresses that you can and should feel free to make calls as frequently as you wish without ever disturbing anyone. In fact, Be My Eyes has many eager volunteers who are still waiting to receive their first help request.
Be My Eyes is proud to announce that due to the size of their amazing volunteer network and sophisticated technology, you can now request assistance in your native language all day. They also managed to significantly reduce the time that it takes to connect to a helper; most of their calls are now answered within 60 seconds. So whether you need support distinguishing between household products, reading instructions, or help with technical difficulties, Be My Eyes volunteers are here for you. Be My Eyes is harnessing the power of technology and human generosity to help you lead a more enjoyable and independent life. Be My Eyes is free download in the app store. Compatible with iPhone (iOS 10.0 or later), iPad, iPod touch, and Android 4.4 and up.