Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

May 23, 2017
By XinhuaEditor: Rong Chen
Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

With the help of a cane, Chen Siying walks in a subway. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

 

Thanks to modern technology, a 29-year-old visually impaired woman from Shanghai says she is confident enough to enjoy a convenient life in the city.

"Even though I confront many difficulties in reality, I am often met by warm-hearted people who are willing to lend me a hand," explains Chen Siying.

"I completely lost my sight at 16," she recalled.

Nowadays, Chen works at a local welfare scheme called Dialogues in the Dark, which aims to help more visually impaired people acquire the skills they need for day-to-day life.

From digital reading on special screens to using devices with assistive touch, many easy-to-use smartphone applications can nowadays enable everyone to enjoy a modern lifestyle, Chen believes.

"With a cane or traction rope, I am able to walk in the park or visit a library to read.

"My world has been lit up by my confidence and people-to-people trust in society. Now I want to pass on this kind of flame to more people in need," she added.

 

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

Chen walks down stairs by herself. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

Chen waits to board an underground train. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

After listening to instructions from a digital voice on her phone, Chen makes a purchase online. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

Chen buys breakfast via an online payment app. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

Chen (R front) and her colleagues from the welfare scheme practice walking with a traction rope. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

Visually Impaired Woman: Confidence 'Lights up My Dark World'

Members of the welfare scheme practice running with assistive ropes. [Xinhua/Ding Ting]

 

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