Purple Tuesday UK: Accessible Shopping

by Chelsey Zumpano

Chelsey wearing a purple sweater, purple leggings, purple cat-eye glasses, and gray boots. She has her orange, blue, and yellow cane in her right hand.

Purple Tuesday is on November 13th in the UK and is an accessible shopping day for those of us with disabilities. I think this is a great starting point and should be an on going thing! Now I’m not in the UK, but I’m in the US and I’m going to give some of my tips to make shopping accessible for us blind.

1 Treat us like everyone else and ask us if we need help when we walk in the store.

2 Say I’m looking for a sweater and you say, “It’s over there.” Yeah don’t do that! Take me to the sweaters by doing sighted guide, “my hand on your arm just above your elbow.” I can also follow you or you can tell me where the sweaters are by saying, “The sweaters are to racks to your left.”

3 If I ask what colors you have, then you describe them to me. Don’t just say, “it’s purple.” Say, “It’s dark purple with red tones.”

4 Then when I’m paying let me know where the card reader is. I can put my pin in myself, and let me know if it asks me for cash back. If the keypad doesn’t have the little dot on the five, I’ll do credit instead. Then you will direct me where to sign.

5 Please let me know what bag you put the receipt in. When handing me the bags make sure you hand me both handles.

6 When shopping online please have ALT text on your pictures and this allows you to add image desscriptions. Make sure image descriptions are extremely detailed, from the style of the outfit, to the color, if it has any graphics, lace, if the jeans have holes, or if the shirt falls off one sholder.

7 Make sure all the links are readable with a screen reader and able to be clicked on when using a screen reader.

If you have any tips leave them in the comments and if you went shopping today let me know what you got.

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A Makeup Brand Created specifically for us Blind People!

By Chelsey Zumpano

I found this awesome company called Visionary Cosmetics, which is a makeup company specifically with us blind and visually impaired people in mind and so naturally I interviewed the creator Michael Aguilar.

1.   Why and when did you create visionary cosmetics?

I created Visionary Cosmetics after watching my mother struggle with everything from application to shade selection. I’ve had the idea for Visionary Cosmetics for a while, but after I saw what Fenty Beauty did for people of color, I knew it was time for the visually impaired community to be represented in the Beauty Industry. 

2.  What type of makeup products will you be selling for your line? 

Most products in this line can be applied using only the fingertips. We offer a foundation that includes a primer, moisturizer, serum, a B.B. cream, and a light coverage foundation, to minimize  counter space. We also offer foundations that are full coverage with medicinal properties like certain vitamins . A line of foundations for people living with albinism has also been created with medicinal properties such as sunscreen and vitamins. Each foundation line offers multiple shades. Every product is hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. We also provide a wide range of concealers. We currently offer 3 eyeshadow palettes with easy to blend colors. We offer 11 shades in liquid and creme lipstick. Setting Powders are available in 3 shades to perfect any look. A personal favorite is the liquid highlighter, a simple product that adds a gorgeous glow to the face. The highlighter comes in natural, bronze, and gold. When the day is done, take off your makeup with our vitamin infused makeup remover. It easily removes makeup, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. 

3. How will the products be labeled in braille?

Every piece of makeup and the packaging is labeled in Grade 2 Braille. The makeup container features the shade in braille, while the box indicates the item. 

4. will your products only be available online or will they be available in stores like Ulta? 

As of now, the products will only be available on the official Visionary Cosmetics website. 

5.  When will your products be released to the public?

The official launch date is November 1, 2018.  Pre-Orders begin October first. 

Website: visionarycosmetics.com

Email: michaelaguilar@visionarycosmetics.com

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