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Welcome to the December Newsletter!

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Welcome to the last newsletter of 2018! As we close out the year, we have prepared a short summary of the major highlights and some recent updates from our community. Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is opening for applications for the Holman Prize 2019, and Microsoft has published their new Accessibility Webinar Series starting from January. But first, you can hear about how Be My Eyes have revolutionized how Sarah, a blind user from Ireland, asks for help. Enjoy the read!

Featured Story

Listen to Sarah’s story on YouTube

Sarah’s Story: Rise and Shine

For Sarah, Be My Eyes has revolutionized the way she asks for help and has made her more confident asking for help in a face-to-face setting.

Read Sarah’s story

News & Updates

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NEW: A Look Back on 2018

2018 has been an amazing year for Be My Eyes. From launching new exciting features to receiving honorable recognition and growing the community, we’re here to take you through the highlights!

Blind man wearing dark sunglasses smiling to the camera at the Microsoft offices. Microsoft's logo is on the left side of the picture.

NEW: The Accessibility Learning Webinar Series from Microsoft

In Microsoft’s new webinar series you have the chance to learn about the latest technology and accessibility across Microsoft products.

Picture of the 2018 Holman Prize winners; Stacy Cervenka, Conchita Hernandez and Red Szell.

NEW: Holman Prize 2019 - Applications open on January 15th

On January 15th 2019, applications for the third annual Holman Prize for Blind Ambition open. The prize is awarded to three blind individuals who want to carry out a "dream" project.

Selected Quotes

“Before Be My Eyes came into my life, I had to wait until a sighted person could help me. And now, I’m able to solve these things quicker than before, because sighted assistance is available - it’s just a fingertip away!”

– Richard, blind user from Germany

“I think Be My Eyes is a wonderful app and I hope more people can use it and benefit from it. I certainly enjoy being a volunteer.”

– Sushmita, volunteer from India

“Be My Eyes has opened the door to have someone virtually come into my home and show me what needs to be done, effectively and efficiently.”

– Brittney, blind user from USA

Be My Eyes Loves

Featured YouTube video: My first ever fun Blind white cane Target shopping experience!

Blind YouTuber: Joy Ross

Want an authentic and honest look into the life of a mother and fashionlover with sight loss? Then you should definitely check out Joy Ross’ YouTube channel. In her Vlogs, Joy will take you along with her going shopping, on her trips, and out and about with her guide dog Arabella. In true spirit of her name, she tackles her everyday challenges with a positive attitude and gives you an unedited look into her life.

Check out Joy's YouTube channel or follow her on Facebook.

Thank you for this incredible year!

Thanks for tuning in for the last newsletter of the year and for being a part of the Be My Eyes community. We hope that your year has been absolutely wonderful, and we wish you the best of luck in 2019.

Have a happy new year!
The Be My Eyes Team.

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