Spreading independence through information
April 7, 2018
Lots of new developments with Hurst Audio Productions!
I've since received and have been configuring a new drum module called Mega Drum. It is a very difficult process to configure but once I am happy with my configuration I'll be creating a set of tutorials. The advantage of Mega Drum is that you have as many quarter inch inputs as you could possibly need in a module. I'll be connecting this to yet another new drum set. Stay tuned for more information.
Angle Of Analysis
You can have your opinions about blindness and blind people. However, in current day society there seems to be a stigma associated with blindness. From genuine and ridiculous questions to intense patronization, battling the challenges of blindness are more applicable to society rather than the disability itself. Because of this inherent stigma, it tends to be extremely difficult to convey legitimate independence and equality for oneself. The lack of information about blindness in society has given way to stereo types and classic associations with the well known blind people of history, namely Hellen Keller and Ray Charles. Limited exposure in most cases and the lack of information about blindness tends to give way to instictual knee jerk reactions. This happens more than it should.
Technology is probably the pinnacle of all independence tools for someone who is blind. With the inclusion of accessibility API's and frameworks in platforms like Apple's Mac OS, IOs, Android OS, Windows and Linux, the playing field is just about leveled. That said, a problem still exists. Manufactures of assistive technologies such as the well known Freedom Scientific still have a stagnant stranglehold on the market for assistive products. Though more and more companies and businesses are popping up offering solutions, prices for basic accessible technologies are still extremely expensive. Though the reason cited for this is "specialty products" I am of the belief it is nothing more than artificial scarcity. It is done this way as these large companies like FS understand that their customer base isn't going to be individuals, but rather state agencies with lots of money; this gets into a deeper problem.
In order to acquire products or technology from a state agency to increase literacy, life and freedom as anyone with eyes has, you usually are forced to pick between school or work. If you are like me, I really want to work and contribute to society. Unfortunately, I do not have ENOUGH (at least 2 years) of specific experience and don't have a degree in any area that I do have experience in and knowing that pro bono work doesn't count, I am still forced to pick the second option, school. The paradox of this is caused by the stigma discussed above. I was told by a job developer that, as a blind person, you need to be just as good, or better than, your sighted counterpart. But the very essence of this statement implies, if true, that the stigma can be broken, which, by my measurement, wouldn't qualify this to be a stigma. It is contradictory. Since if this was true, we'd would not need to discuss it in the first place.
It is a perpetual cycle. Going along with it only validates falsehoods and furthers the problem. Going against this philosophy seriously diminishes your support group.