In this month’s edition: Google Specialized Help launch, 2,000,000 Volunteers, Blind Abilities Podcast. Read it online or as a plain text.

Welcome to the March Newsletter!

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It’s been a big month at Be My Eyes, and we’re here to bring you all the insights! This month we’ve been celebrating two major events for the Be My Eyes Community: the launch of Google as the newest Specialized Help partner and reaching 2 million volunteers. In this edition, you can get an update on both, as well as get a behind the scenes look at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk with Sam, who’s a Microsoft Support Agent. You can also tune in to the Blind Abilities Podcast’s coverage of the Google Specialized Help launch. Enjoy the read!

News & Updates

Google Disability Support is now available on Specialized Help. Image showing a phone with Google’s profile on Be My Eyes Specialized Help and the words ‘Google now available in Specialized Help’.

NEW: A Warm Welcome to the Newest Specialized Help Partner - Google

Blind and low-vision Be My Eyes users in selected countries can now request help from the Google Disability Support team through the Specialized Help platform.

Counter showing the number 2 Million with the word “Volunteers” underneath. The image also features the Be My Eyes logo and profile pictures of Be My Eyes volunteers.

NEW: 2,000,000 Volunteers have joined the Be My Eyes Community!

More than 2,000,000 people have signed up to be a Be My Eyes volunteer, bringing visual assistance to blind and low-vision people all over the world.

Listen to the Blind Abilities podcast featuring Alexander Hauerslev Jensen and Will Butler of Be My Eyes and Kyndra LoCoco of Google.

NEW: Google Specialized Help launch on Blind Abilities Podcast

Tune into this episode of Blind Abilities Podcast from 2019, where Alexander Hauerslev Jensen and Will Butler from Be My Eyes and Kyndra LoCoco from Google chat with host Jeff Thompson about the Google Specialized Help launch.

Featured Story

Listen to Sam’s story on YouTube

Sam’s Story: The Technical Support Experience with Be My Eyes

Sam works as a customer support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through Be My Eyes Specialized Help.

Read Sam’s story

Selected Quotes

“I couldn’t recommend Be My Eyes highly enough, it’s just the greatest thing ever. And really, the uses for it are pretty much unlimited, I think. Whatever you can imagine.”

– Konnie, blind user from United States

“This is what makes the phone so worthwhile. Because to me, a phone was a phone, and now it’s not. It’s a tool to help somebody else, and befriend other people, and be nice to other people, and give to the world.”

– Sally, volunteer from United Kingdom

Be My Eyes Loves

My Love For Skateboarding Isn't Blind - watch The Justin Bishop Story on YouTube

Visually Impaired Skateboarder Justin Bishop

Despite gradually losing his sight to retinitis pigmentosa, Justin Bishop has not lost his love for skateboarding. Justin uses his passion for skateboarding for teaching young children how to skateboard as well as working on technology for the visually impaired community with Not Impossible. Check out this cool feature about Justin.

Thanks for tuning in for this month’s newsletter. March has truly been an amazing month for the Be My Eyes community, so thanks to each and every one of you for being a part of the journey. We look forward to check back in with you next month!

Until then!
The Be My Eyes Team.

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