Vencer Cotton may not have his sight, but he does have his skills and tool to help him get though everyday life.
“I started using a cane at 5 and started using braille a couple years later,” Cotton says.
Now, thanks to technology, Cotton gets even more help, especially when it comes to shopping.
Cotton uses the video call-based service called Be My Eyes, which uses a volunteer helper on the other end, to assist him in shopping for specific items.
The help on the other end of the line helps Cotton navigate stores to find the items he needs.
The app hosts a network of over a million volunteers in 150 countries. It’s used by more than 100,000 people living with blindness or visual impairment. It’s free to sign up to be a helper, and it’s free for people, like Cotton, to use if they need visual help.