Finalist category: AbilityNet Accessibility Award
Accessibility Award, Winner, 2018
A free mobile app helping the blind people in situations where a pair of eyes is needed.
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. Be My Eyes aims to make the world more accessible by helping the blind people in situations where a pair of eyes is needed. There are more than 253 million blind people in the world, and it is Be My Eyes’ mission to bring sight to everyone who needs it.
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is poorly designed for people with visual impairments, and we believe that technology can help change that.
With more than 82,115 blind and low vision users and over 1,389,006 volunteers, the app harnesses the power of generosity, technology and human connection to help blind and low vision people lead more independent lives. Be My Eyes is available in more than 150 countries worldwide and in over 180 languages. The app is free for both iOS and Android.
Be My Eyes creates a great amount of value for its blind and visually impaired users as we enable people with low vision to live more independent lives.
With Be My Eyes’ Specialized Help companies can now also be on the platform. Specialized Help is a new and better way for your company or organisation to connect with blind and low vision customers and provide an improved and more accessible support.
The next step is to include even more companies on the platform so that companies around the world can provide a good customer service and so that blind and visually impaired people can use products and services in the same way as sighted people.