A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

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Accessible sunrise and the wonder of outreach
14 Nov
2021
By 2020Visionquest
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Randy sitting on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunrise, thinking about what’s next. He has a black hat and is bundled up against the cold. The surrounding ground is rocky and filled with shadows.

Randy sitting on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunrise, thinking about what’s next.

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.”
-Jhiess Krieg

On a recent cold and early Thursday morning, I stepped out of the car for an early morning hilly run with my friend Rodney guiding me. The sun was not due to rise for another 25 minutes when our friend Amanda stepped over with her seemingly always enthusiastic greeting. This time, she shared a little more.

As she had just finished her earlier run with a final stretch running west to east, she had marveled at the pre-dawn colors illuminating the sky and chose to share the description of these images with me. My already warm inner smile from her greeting tripled from the kindness and potency in her gift to me and to Rodney who took special note to look and appreciate what she was describing for me and gifting to both of us.

We run a weekly thoughtful video series every week called Words for Wednesday in which I’ve dedicated November to appreciation and gratitude. I want to appreciate Amanda and  the positive influence in her choice which made the sunrise scene accessible to my sightless eyes as well as indirectly to our fully sighted friend Rodney. As we make choices to outreach and to support accessibility, we may be surprised by how many more benefit than we intended.

With that in mind, here is a brief video clip in which I demonstrate the screen reader technology of my iPhone to allow me to look at one of my favorite sunrise images. It is the photo above of me sitting at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro contemplating the sunrise as my friend Michelle had just described it for me. In this video, you’ll see my phone screen as I navigate to a website of an old blog which uses this photo and I get the description electronically, highlighting the advantages of human outreach and enhanced accessibility.

Be well,
Randy Pierce

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