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people “But I made a decision when I realised that this was it and it wasn’t a bad dream. I made a decision to reclaim me – and the amazing thing about that is I think the reclaimed me is better. I’m more, not less, than I was before, because of adversity.” Prof Bromfield said being faced with sudden disability, she had to learn how to adapt, and adaptive technology – both high tech and low tech – has been immensely important. Leah Bromfield with her Telstra Australian Business Women's award. “There were simple things like using all of your senses, so picking a time when technology is advancing form part of my suite of adaptive up auditory clues, using touch, using so rapidly. technology. The iPhone comes with those other senses to be able to trust “With my iPhone, I’ve got GPS, inbuilt accessibility features like voice yourself which I found beneficial,” so I don’t have to see the street control, zoom, and Siri. In many ways, she said. signs, I can just follow Google Maps,” the adaptive technology I use is not she said. even noticeable to people around me.” “Cane training was great for me. The cane is such a simple piece “There’s an app for university As an academic, words and of equipment but it increased my campuses that gives me walking documents are the basis of Prof mobility so much.” directions and makes it easier to Bromfield’s work. She uses an app find things. called Voice Dream so she can Prof Bromfield said while she certainly wasn’t lucky to lose her vision, she did feel lucky to lose it at “There are things that everybody uses on their smart phones which magnify the text in documents to a very high level and include Fold, Pack, Travel. Whether you are cruising, flying or driving. This portable scooter folds up in just 20 seconds 1300 622 633 SCA330 02 people 33