Blog

The latest news and updates from Be My Eyes in one place.

February 24, 2021

Your Driver Isn’t Waiting: How People with Disabilities Get Left Behind

Ride-sharing and delivery services prohibit drivers from refusing to serve people with disabilities, but many are still doing it (by accident) every day.
February 15, 2021

Watch our Webinar: Talking Glucose Meters for Blind and Low-vision Diabetics

Did you miss our webinar with Accessible Pharmacy and Prodigy Diabetes Care on glucose meters for blind and low-vision diabetics? Don't worry - you can catch it right here!
February 9, 2021

Upcoming Webinar: Talking Glucose Meters for Blind and Low Vision Diabetics

Join us, together with Prodigy Diabetes Care and Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind to learn more about how to best manage your diabetes as a visually impaired individual.
January 25, 2021

Applications for the 2021 LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco’s Holman Prize are now open.

Apply for the Holman Prize with an innovative idea for your chance to win $25,000.
January 20, 2021

Six Years of Be My Eyes

In January 2021, the Be My Eyes Community celebrated its 6th birthday. But do you know how the community got to where it is today?
December 28, 2020

Hindsight is 2020: A Look Back on a Turbulent Year

Even though 2020 has been an extraordinarily challenging year for the whole world, we want to start 2021 off right by focusing on what we were able to accomplish together this year.
December 15, 2020

Meet InclusionHub, the Digital Inclusion Database

InclusionHub is a free online resource for diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion specialists everywhere – and Be My Eyes is joining as a founding partner.
December 10, 2020

How to Create a Case for Accessibility

Developing a case for accessibility entails measured steps that satisfy a host of concerns.
December 5, 2020

9 Tips to Becoming a Better Volunteer

Learn some tips directly from our community of over 260,000 blind and visually impaired users on how to be the most effective visual assistant.
December 3, 2020

Disabled During Lockdown: Some Helpful Things to Consider

Covid-19 regulations and guidelines can be extra complicated for many people with disabilities. On International Day of People with Disabilities, we’re asking our community to think twice before making assumptions
November 26, 2020

Hands-free, Eyes-free: Be My Eyes’ Recommend Accessories and Wearables, 2020

Our list of recommendations for accessories and wearables that allow for a hands-free Be My Eyes experience.
November 19, 2020

5 Ways to Help Your Company’s Visually Challenged Customers

Customers with vision challenges often require a specialized approach in how companies target customer service.
November 9, 2020

Accessible Pharmacy joins Be My Eyes

Two blind-founded companies are teaming up to assist blind and low vision consumers with medication support, COVID testing and more.
October 27, 2020

Blind organizations from Iceland and Slovakia are now available on Be My Eyes

In October, we welcomed two new local blind organizations to the Be My Eyes Community; Blindrafelagid from Iceland and UNSS from Slovakia.
October 8, 2020

How to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive for Visually Impaired Employees

Making sure your workplace is inclusive for employees and possible employees who are blind or have low vision can seem like a daunting task. But it’s a lot more simple than it seems - it’s all about changing the culture and the way you think.
October 2, 2020

How Be My Eyes Can Help People with Dyslexia

Be My Eyes is not just for people who are blind or have low vision - people with varying degrees of Dyslexia can also benefit from Be My Eyes to get assistance with deciphering words and sentences as well as spell checks.
October 1, 2020

Watch TV Together: Spectrum Access App is a Leap Forward for Entertainment Accessibility

The free iOS app allows the user to access audio description, captions, and other accessibility content independently.
September 28, 2020

Welcoming New Local Blind Organizations to Specialized Help

Blind organizations in Denmark, Nepal, and South Africa join Be My Eyes Specialized Help to offer a new way to connect for their members.
September 24, 2020

Vote.org joins Be My Eyes to Support Visually Impaired Americans in 2020

One of the largest civic engagement nonprofits of its kind, Vote.org’s tools are now part of Be My Eyes Specialized Help, with nonpartisan Vote.org representatives on call to help blind and low-vision citizens register for the upcoming US Election by visiting Vote.org.
September 14, 2020

Guide Dogs for the Blind joins Be My Eyes!

Guide Dogs for the Blind has helped to provide independence for countless individuals for nearly 80 years — and we’re happy to now be working together towards that common goal.
September 4, 2020

How do blind people read? Be My Eyes celebrates ‘Read a Book Day’

Sunday is National Read a Book Day, and September 8th is International Literacy Day — so to celebrate, here are the Top Five reads from the Be My Eyes team along with where to access them.
September 4, 2020

Can Be My Eyes Help People who are Color Blind?

Many people think that visual assistance through Be My Eyes is just for people who are blind and visually impaired. But the truth is anyone experiencing difficulties with their sight can reach out for visual assistance.
September 1, 2020

Mr. Clean is Here to Help at Home

Get assistance from a Mr. Clean representative on his wide range of cleaning products, to make cleaning up at home just a bit more enjoyable.
August 24, 2020

Learn Tricks for a Cleaner Closet with Tide, Gain, Ariel and Downy

Laundry detergent is about to become more accessible than ever before, with four new Procter & Gamble brands coming on board Be My Eyes Specialized Help.
August 4, 2020

4 Million Volunteers Strong!

The Be My Eyes community grows stronger every day. The network of sighted volunteers offering visual assistance now consists of more than 4 million people from all over the world!
July 28, 2020

This Summer, P&G is Helping at Home

Procter & Gamble is taking a huge step towards improving accessibility by bringing dozens of new visual support experiences onto Be My Eyes Specialized Help!
July 23, 2020

Are Educational Institutions Educated about Accessibility?

From applications to attending classes, college accessibility has a long way to go – and the rise of remote learning is making it more challenging than ever.
July 16, 2020

What’s the Business Case for Supporting People with Disabilities?

Watch the one-hour seminar featuring speakers from Microsoft, Google and the Valuable 500.
June 30, 2020

New Local Organizations in India and Italy on Specialized Help

We are adding two additional local associations to Specialized Help; Give a warm welcome to InfoTech for Visually Impaired from India and UICI from Italy!
June 22, 2020

Be My Eyes In Brasil: Announcing Our Partnership with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee

The Tokyo Paralympics may not be for another year — but thanks to our new partner, visually impaired users can stay active and healthy while you wait!
June 17, 2020

Accessible Gaming: The New Norm?

The first AAA game built from the ground up with blind accessibility in mind is coming out, and it certainly won’t be the last.
June 3, 2020

There’s a New Way to Use Siri with Be My Eyes

You can now customize your Siri shortcuts to make Be My Eyes calls easier.
June 1, 2020

How Technology Can Make the Beauty Industry Accessible

Is it possible for an industry based on physical appearance to be accessible to people with vision impairments?
May 21, 2020

Accessibility Is…

Accessibility is something everyone will need at some point in their life. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day we asked key figures and members of our community to define what accessibility means for them.
April 30, 2020

Does Wine Taste Better Blind? Let's Find Out.

How blind taste tests can make wine, beer, or any beverage taste better.
April 22, 2020

Welcoming Four New Blind Organizations to Specialized Help

We’re happy to announce that our users will now be able to connect with ACB, RNIB and more through Be My Eyes.
April 18, 2020

Watch One World: Together At Home with Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is partnering with Global Citizen to provide audio description for the massive WHO benefit event.
April 15, 2020

Happy Microvolunteering Day!

We've cooked up a list of ways to stay busy while giving back to the community from the comfort of your home.
April 8, 2020

How Virtual Volunteering can Change Company Culture

These days, online support is everything. But is it accessible to everyone?
March 19, 2020

In times of isolation, we still have shared vision

A message from our CEO.
March 19, 2020

10 Indoor Activities with Be My Eyes

Staying in ain’t so bad! Everyone’s home is slightly different, but one thing is certain: there are accessibility barriers in all of them. And now that we’re stuck inside for a while, to help you pass the time we’ve collected 10 indoor activities where a Be My Eyes volunteer can really come in handy.
March 4, 2020

200,000 blind and low-vision individuals now get empowered through Be My Eyes

200,000 blind and low-vision people have now signed up to get visual assistance through Be My Eyes, empowering them to live the lives they choose.
February 19, 2020

What’s our 10 Favorite Podcasts?

In celebration of the Be My Eyes Podcast season 2, and the launch of our new accessibility podcast, 13 Letters, we wanted to share a list of our favorite podcast dealing with blindness and vision impairment.
February 18, 2020

Be My Eyes announces funding to grow community and expand Specialized Help service

Be My Eyes has secured a Series A investment that will allow us to continue our work towards making the world more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
January 28, 2020

100 Ways to Use Be My Eyes

A list of our favorite ways blind and low vision users are utilizing our app in daily life.
January 17, 2020

Applications for the Holman Prize 2020 are now open!

The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition is annually awarded to three blind individuals to carry out a dream project. Applications for the 2020 Holman Prize open January 15th.
December 27, 2019

2019 Wrap-up

2019 is coming to an end. For Be My Eyes it has been a year of amazing new partnerships and a growing community. Come along as we take you through the highlights of 2019 and look forward to an incredible 2020!
December 5, 2019

Google is Extending their Opening Hours on Be My Eyes

From December 5th, Google is extending their opening hours on Be My Eyes, to make the service more accessible for all users globally.
November 26, 2019

10 Accessible Art and Museum Experiences for People who are Blind or have Low Vision

Most people think of art and museums as something very visual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as a blind or low-vision individual. We have collected 10 museums and initiatives from around the world that are making the experience accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
November 14, 2019

A Big Thank You to Our 3 Million Volunteers!

More than 3 million amazing people worldwide has now signed up to be a Be My Eyes volunteer. Thanks to all the volunteers, we’re able to support people who are blind or have low vision leading more independent lives.
October 17, 2019

How We Celebrated World Sight Day 2019

World Sight Day falls every year on the second Thursday of October. This year, we celebrated with Clearblue and Herbal Essences, who both had exciting announcements on the occasion of World Sight Day.
October 15, 2019

Be My Eyes Welcomes the National Federation of the Blind to Specialized Help

For the first time, Be My Eyes users can call another blind person on the app, with expert assistance.
October 14, 2019

Be My Eyes Has a New Look

After more than 4.5 years of the original Be My Eyes logo, it was time for a change! We have introduced a refreshing new Be My Eyes logo as well as a vibrant new color scheme across all our platforms.
September 26, 2019

Getting Creative with Be My Eyes

From taking up a new instrument or doing that DIY project you’ve wanted to do for so long, there are plenty of ways to get creative with the support of the Be My Eyes volunteers.
September 9, 2019

Pantene Partners with Be My Eyes to Provide Accessible Haircare Support

Blind and low-vision users in the United States can now connect with the Pantene team through Be My Eyes for support with Pantene products, info about ingredients and general hair care advice.
August 27, 2019

Back to School with Be My Eyes

Whether you’re going back or starting a new school, a new school year always brings around certain challenges. If you’re a blind or low-vision individual, Be My Eyes can be your right hand in making sure you or your kids get off to a great start.
July 16, 2019

Introducing The Be My Eyes Podcast

Our new show explores blindness, sight and the sometimes blurry in-between.
July 8, 2019

Clearblue now offers support with pregnancy and fertility tests through Be My Eyes

Being in control of your own body and the information about it is an important issue for most people, but it’s something that has been out of reach for many blind and low-vision women and couples when taking a pregnancy or fertility test. Be My Eyes and Clearblue join forces to give them back control.
June 28, 2019

Going Global: Our Favorite Accessibility Initiatives from Around the World

From accessible theatre experiences to cooking classes and donations of used smartphones. There are so many awesome accessibility initiatives for people with visual impairments and other disabilities around the world – so we’ve decided to share a few to spark your imagination.
June 27, 2019

Google is Going Global on Specialized Help!

Google’s Disability Support agents are now answering your video calls – worldwide.
May 30, 2019

Herbal Essences and Be My Eyes Join Forces to Make Hair Care More Accessible

Herbal Essences is already pioneering accessible hair care, by making their shampoo and conditioner bottles distinguishable by touch. Now, they are taking the next step by offering Be My Eyes users free, live video support from their hair care experts.
May 16, 2019

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019!

On this Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we want to ring the bell for accessible customer support. Together with four household names in technology, consumer goods, and banking, Be My Eyes is working to set a new standard for video customer support.
April 25, 2019

Introducing Lloyds Banking Group as newest Specialized Help Partner

Be My Eyes’ customer support platform, Specialized Help, is entering the banking sector with the addition of Lloyds Banking Group as the newest partnering company. Blind and low-vision users in the UK can now seek assistance from Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank.
March 14, 2019

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.
March 13, 2019

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.