One of my new year's resolutions was to give back more and without even looking I found the perfect app! This app is perfect for those who want to volunteer but simply do not have the time.
What is it?
For those who are visually impaired: Through the live video call, you and a volunteer can communicate directly and solve a problem. The volunteer will help guide which direction to point your camera, what to focus on or when to turn on your torch.
For the volunteers: As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.
The calls come in randomly so when I received my first phone call I was just relaxing sitting on the couch! I answered the phone and the gentleman on the other end was very nice and simply asked if the banana he had was ripe enough.
If you heard on air, this was a tough question for me. Give the segment a listen to find out why. But when I finally was able to help him, I immediately felt humbled. A task that I know I take for granted everyday is a challenge someone else may face daily.
If you want to download the app, it is available on ALL devices!
Source: Be My Eyes