Blind n’ Bored Influencer Shares Her Honest Take on The Envision App & How It Empowers Her Day
Read through our unfiltered chat with the awesome Hannah Weymouth.
We sat down with Hannah Weymouth, the content creator behind Blind & Bored (@Blindbored) on TikTok, to discuss her journey with the Envision app, a free accessibility tool for the blind and low vision community launched in 2020. In this candid interview, Hannah shares her personal highs and lows while using the app, and how it has played a crucial role in her day-to-day life. From achieving newfound independence in tasks like reading mail on her own to styling her outfit, join us as Hannah gives an honest and insightful look into how the Envision app has empowered her.
What is a regular day in the life of Hannah Weymouth?
I’m a stay at home mom. So my days are pretty boring. Get the kids off to school, make a silly TikTok, do some house cleaning/laundry, and then make dinner.
What are some of your passions, favourite things to do, interests?
My interests and passions have changed a lot in the past two years since going blind, so besides taking care of my kids, I love listening to audiobooks and podcasts. I’ve thrown myself into being a social media presence, which I’m having a lot of fun doing. Every video I make is like its own little project. It is something I have been enjoying
How did you first hear about Envision?
I searched in the Apple store for an app that would read text out loud to me. Envision jumped out at me because it had a dark mode option. Which at the time was the only way I could read anything on my phone.
What is your favorite feature, or features that you use on a regular basis?
Instant Text is my go to for most things. Reading labels, reading, package, instructions, reading mail, labels to my beauty products, trying to find the right spice in the cabinets, etc.
Could you maybe give us a use-case or an example of how you use the Envision App + a specific feature and how it has helped you in the past?
I’ve used the Scan Text feature for a letter I got from my kids school. The app was able to read the entire letter out to me just by clicking, scan the paper one time. I use that feature often for reading a whole letter or a whole document.
Was there a specific moment, or reason that led you to download the Envision App
I was realizing that I was having a hard time reading labels with a magnifying glass. I kept having my family read things out loud to me. But I really wished I could just read it myself. So then I went searching for some kind of app that would read things out loud. I wasn’t actually sure if that existed. I was so relieved to find that it did.
In your honest opinion, how well does Envision rank as a product/application operating in the low vision and blind domain?
I do think the app works really well, and it has helped me a lot in the past two years. Finding objects doesn't work for me a lot of times. I was using it to try to find where the light switch was. And I kept going over where I knew my light switches and it wasn't saying anything. But I feel pretty confident this app is only going to get better over time.
Is there one wish or ask you had that would improve the experience of being an Envision App user?
I don't know if this is possible, but I would love it if the app could identify if there is a pattern versus a solid color on clothing. Like maybe a pattern detection option. Some of my clothes have patterns on them but some are solid colors.I would love an app to be able to tell me that.
And lastly, what has been the biggest addition to your life from using the Envision App?
Independence. Blind people strive for independence. Even if it is something as stupid as reading the mail by yourself. Having to ask for help for everything is really hard, so anything that I can do on my own is empowering for me. I'm still not a fully independent blind person but with this app I can do daily stuff like read labels and find what color shirt I want to wear. It seems simple, but these are huge things to me.
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