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In ‘Blind Abroad’ James Rath takes a new approach to seeing the world

In ‘Blind Abroad’ James Rath takes a new approach to seeing the world

Will Butler
Will Butler
VP, Community
James Rath walks the streets of Istanbul
James Rath walks the streets of Istanbul

Imagine picking up a Be My Eyes call only to see that the caller is two hundred feet in the air!

You might know James Rath as the “Apple Saved My Life” guy. The legally blind YouTuber and filmmaker made waves five years ago when he posted the video, which landed him in a one-on-one interview with none other than Tim Cook. Rath is a busy guy though, and in addition to all of his tech and YouTube projects, he directs films and commercials from his homebase of Los Angeles, CA.

Rath made a splash on Global Accessibility Awareness Day by releasing his new documentary, “Blind Abroad,” in which he travels the world, meets other blind and visually impaired people, and explores all the ways in which accessibility can make their lives better.

We were over the moon to see James atop the Galata Tower in Istanbul,, taking in the view, when out of nowhere he decides to call a Be My Eyes volunteer! The friendly gentleman who answers the call is more than happy to give James an expansive and detailed description of all the sights from the famous tower’s 360 degree panoramic view.

It’s heartwarming to see Be My Eyes in action, and being used not just to solve problems or troubleshoot inaccessible products, but to enrich your experience and enjoy life to the fullest! Thanks James, for showcasing how the app can help people see the world from a different perspective and drawing attention to this for the many who can benefit.

Happy Global Accessibility awareness Day everyone! To see everything else we’re up to today, check out bemyeyes.com/gaad.