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“When you look at Tinder or or any of the apps that are available, there’s no description of the person.You don’t know if you’re swiping left or swiping right or even what the person looks like,” Ellis said.It’s a part of who they are, but it doesn’t separate them; the film aims to really send this message home.
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“So, even getting through the app or online platform is a challenge.” Engineers and assistive technology experts have made incredible strides over the last decade, designing ways to adapt technology for sensory and physically disabled individuals.
Voiceover and tactile solutions have given visually impaired individuals access to so many outlets in the virtual world, and yet, online dating platforms and apps continue to lag far behind.
“Online dating for blind people is frustrating at best,” Gus shared, who also works as a technology accessibility specialist for the Helen Keller Services for the Blind in New York.
Gus is in his late 30s and blind as a result of retinitis pigmentosa.With his fluency in accessible technology, Gus’ perspective in the film guides us through the ways that online dating and dating apps are user-unfriendly to individuals using screenreaders. At some point, Gus, Anthony, and Nefertiti have been let down by an ex or potential dating partner solely because they are blind.