Man, oh man, the things that we take for granted on a daily basis. I know in speaking for myself, just getting caught up in the monotony of the day and all of the million things on my To-Do list, it’s so easy to forget that much of what I am able to do daily is a struggle or impossible for the next person.
Simple things like walking to the refrigerator to make a sandwich are difficult for those in wheelchairs or getting yourself ready and dressed for the day take much more effort and energy for those missing limbs. By far one of the most difficult impairments has to be blindness. Could you imagine not being able to see? And think about your normal tasks of the day that you could no longer participate in.
In a now-deleted tweet, user ElSmoove_ shared a recent experience where he used an app to assist a blind woman pick out almond milk at the grocery store. *Disclaimer: Have your Kleenex handy.
So i downloaded this app called “Be my eyes” awhile ago. You get FaceTime calls from blind people all over the world & help them with whatever task it is that they need help w/. I just got my first call & helped this lady pick out almond milk. Something so small made her day 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/iCCvVBdgw0— Steven (@Elsmoove_) June 30, 2019
The app is called Be My Eyes and it allows for blind and low-vision to contact people anywhere via video phone call to help them with anything they are in need of.
This is the app ! pic.twitter.com/CJk7DWQse6— Steven (@Elsmoove_) June 30, 2019
According to the app’s site, Be My Eyes is an app where “volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.”
They may need help with anything from “checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.”
Twitter users shared their experience with the app and helping users and my heart is so freakin’ happy reading all these testimonials.
I love this app so much. My first call was an older man wanting to know what the color of his socks were on his feet 😢— Ash 💕 (@sorenaface) July 1, 2019
I just got a call with a lady asking me to read the nutrition label on this almond milk, maybe it was her 😂— † . (@Tianabaaaby) June 30, 2019
Yes! @BeMyEyes is an awesome app! And the people are always so thankful. I just helped someone earlier.— Auntie Kam (@mimireshee) July 1, 2019
Please sign up, y’all. Especially if you’re an English speaker. The last couple of visually impaired people I’ve helped said it’s hard to get an English speaker sometimes ☹️ pic.twitter.com/psl7omHOyq
I saw someone using it to get around in the library where I work. It was really nice to witness how effective and helpful this app can be.— Breana Miller, M.A. (@brethebaker) July 1, 2019
I once received a call from this man asking me to direct him to the nearest subway it took us a minute but once he got there he was so thankful. It really makes your day 💛— MICHELLE (@miichellecz) July 1, 2019
I got a call once and I had to redirect a guy to HIS HOUSE IN THE DARK! It was so scary and I was so worried I wouldn’t get him home but I DID IT!— ⚜Noelle⚜ (@XxTeamTigerxX) July 1, 2019
I have this and I had to help a lady complete one of those “prove you’re not a robot by clicking the squares that have cars” tests 😭🥰 it was hard— Coca Cola ™ Representative (@cokercolerrr) July 1, 2019
I used to have it and a guy called and he want ed to know if the picture he put up was straight. The picture was upside down lollll i help and he was so happy.— ✨diamond✨ (@Its__Diamond__) July 1, 2019
I just got my first call after downloading the app again, he asked which place he should go to get cash back— country grl (@supdolphin) July 1, 2019
I love this app. I’ve helped so many people. I’m always sad when I miss a call.— Plant Based Hottie Ⓥ (@TheMasterBaiter) July 1, 2019
I got one call and it was a guy trying to figure out how to print something. Wanted to know what color the paper was and if something was already on it or not/what it said because he couldn’t tell. It really does make you feel useful to society. Even the small things❤️— ladonna (@ladonnamechole) July 1, 2019
I helped a lady with her computer once, that app is so pure— Fifty Shades of Bae (@SunChild444) July 1, 2019
I’ve had it for a while now and I’ve answered a couple throughout this time and it’s honestly such a great thing. Might be small to us but meaningful to them. pic.twitter.com/HshemnyGo0— Griselda (@Griseldax_x) July 1, 2019
From the looks of the comments, many people were unaware of this app and downloaded it just simply because of this thread. There definitely is power in social media. Many users commented stating that they downloaded the app and were never called, but per the site, there are currently over 2 million sighted volunteers and a little over 134,000 blind or low-vision users so it’s likely you won’t be called on a consistent basis.
Be My Eyes is available for both Apple and Android users and it’s definitely worth the download. If you’re interested in seeing more about the app and how it works (and your emotions can handle it), check out the video below.
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