In this month’s edition: Be My Eyes’ 5th Birthday, Holman Prize & 100 ways to use Be My Eyes app. - Read it online or as a plain text.

Hi, – welcome to the January Newsletter!

News & Updates

Group photo of the Be My Eyes team on the app’s 5th birthday. Founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, is standing in the middle of the group, holding a cake.

Happy 5th birthday to the Be My Eyes Community!

On January 15th 2015, the Be My Eyes app was launched. It’s been 5 amazing years, and we look forward to many to come. Thank you for being part of the journey!

Person holding a white cane. Logo of the Holman Prize.

Applications for the Holman Prize 2020 are now open!

The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition is awarded annually to three blind individuals to carry out a dream project. Applications for the 2020 Holman Prize are now open – here’s how to apply.

Person holding a smartphone with the Be My Eyes app open.

100 ways to use Be My Eyes

We put together an extensive list of all our favorite ways blind and low vision users are utilizing our app in daily life. Feel free to try one – or all – of these out for yourself!

Featured Story of the Month

Watch Emma’s Story on YouTube.

Emma’s Story: A Mental Health Advocate with Wanderlust

An Irish woman teaching Primary School in Brazil, Emma finds her joy in helping others, traveling, and writing books that help children deal with mental health – and answering Be My Eyes calls always gives her a fascinating new experience.

Read or listen to Emma’s Story

Be My Eyes Loves

Amy Kavanagh walking on the street with her white cane. Image features her Twitter handle @BlondeHistorian.

Dr. Amy Kavanagh AKA Blonde Historian

Do you want to know more about how it’s like to navigate a busy city as a white cane user? Amy Kavanagh documents her daily experiences commuting around London on her Twitter profile @BlondeHistorian and on her blog Cane Adventures. Her experiences has led her to create the #JustAskDontGrab campaign to educate people on how to offer assistance to a disabled individual. She has also used her voice to create awareness of the issues that dockless bikes create for people with a disability. Amy gives an excellent view of both her positive and less positive experiences she has as a disabled woman in the big city. Check her out on Twitter or on her blog!

Selected articles from the news

Jan 29, 2020 by Unilad:
Blind Man Able To Find His Father’s Grave Thanks To Stranger On Video Chat

Nov 5, 2019 by Forbes:
The Power Of Purpose: How Sam Latif And P&G Are Innovating To Serve The 1.7 Billion People With Disabilities Market

What People are Saying

“What really surprised me, and it’s amazing, when you make a Be My Eyes call, you may get an answer from anywhere in the world.”

– Fernando, Blind user from Chile.

“I’m just anxiously awaiting my next call from Be My Eyes, and I’m excited to get connected with more people through the app.”

– Lizzie, Volunteer from USA.

“Sometimes, a Be My Eyes call makes the days better. It’s nice to have solidarity between human beings.”

– Gil, Low-vision user from Israel.

That’s all we had for you for this first checkin of 2020, we’ll be back next month with the latest news. Until then, remember that you can stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bye for now!
The Be My Eyes Team.

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