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At 13 years old, Nael created his website and YouTube channel to help the visually impaired
Nael Sayegh is one of the youngest members of the Federation of the Blind Alsace Lorraine Grand Est.
At 13 years old and blind himself, he puts online tutorials to help visually impaired people to use new technologies in their daily lives and thus gain autonomy. On the occasion of the creation of his website, the Federation asked him some questions... The Federation: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Nael Sayegh: My name is Nael, I am 13 years old and I am blind. I've always been interested in computers and I've been doing it for 2 years now, especially in the field of coding.
F.: Can you present us your website and your YouTube channel?
N. S.: I first created my YouTube channel Nael Accessvision in August 2020 where I present applications and software for blind people, such as Be My Eyes or Scanvox. However, a lot of people told me that they couldn't access the videos on YouTube, and since I had already learned how to make a website, I thought this would be an easier way for people to access my videos.
I started out doing it thinking I was never going to publish it. I quickly realized the potential of the website in terms of visibility and referencing, so I decided to put it online on October 11th, using the elements of the YouTube channel.
F.: What is your objective through your website and your channel?
N. S.: First of all, to show all the free applications and software that exist for blind people, and also to make known those that are very useful but not very well known. I have noticed during my various exchanges with other blind people that sometimes they buy very expensive software but don't know how to use it afterwards, whereas the same thing exists for free. So I want to teach them how to use these different tools, but also make it easier for blind people to download them, so that they don't have to go through a lot of trouble to install and use them.
F.: How did you get the idea to create tutorials for visually impaired people?
N. S.: It was while teaching classes this summer at the Federation's Culture and Leisure Centre to help other members use various assistive devices and software that can be obtained for free. These classes also helped me to know what I should present and how I should present it. What I originally intended to do would probably have helped people who already knew how to use computers, but not necessarily those who couldn't use them at first, so I readapted my tutorials to make them understandable and accessible to everyone.
F.: And where does your passion for computers come from? How did you learn to create your website and make videos?
N. S.: I don't know where the passion comes from. I discovered computers for the blind when I arrived at the Louis Braille Center. I learned to use an adapted PC to create documents and go on the internet, but that was the end of it as we didn't take the PC home afterwards. I got more into it after using my dad's PC, and it really got me excited.
For the website, I know someone who had made one and gave me a link to a site that explains very well how to create a website, so I could learn without difficulty. For the videos, I already knew how to use an audio editing program and I perfected my use of it by recording my own videos. I then looked for ways to embed an image and found a site that would embed the image and then publish the video directly online.
F.: Your top 3 apps and software to help people with vision loss in their daily lives?
N. S.: So, the Navilens application: to be able to record information on labels, a bit like a QR code to label your cans at home for example. If you have trouble differentiating between objects, you scan the label and the application shows you what was recorded, and you can use it over and over again! Then, the application Be My Eyes, which allows you to get live help from a sighted volunteer.
And also ScanVox, a software on PC, very simple to use, which scans mails or other textual elements and reads them with a vocal synthesis, you can even navigate word by word, character by character or sentence by sentence.
F.: What advice do you have for visually impaired people who want to get into computers?
N. S.: To call Nael! When you have trouble using a computer, other than having someone train you, there are no real techniques.
We thank Nael for answering our questions, and wish him good luck in this project!
Nael updates his site regularly, and has recently tested the Tom Pouce electronic cane.