Assistive Technology Suite
The modern world relies heavily on computers and until quite recently these were not very accessible to the blind and partially sighted without expensive software. Fortunately, things are changing and many manufacturers now include technology to assist users with limited eyesight.
Bournemouth Blind Society is committed to developing an Assistive Technology Suite to train users how to operate the new software. We are working in partnership with Action for Blind People, providing training in rather cramped conditions and now wish to convert a ground floor room to make a permanent suite, available to all blind and partially sighted people in the area.
Steve recently completed an AT course, learning to use the inbuilt speech and zoom software on his Apple Mac. He said, ‘the volunteers were knowledgeable – I was really able to get what I wanted from the training.’
Our newest Trustee Joyce Vousden, who was the Principal Advisory Teacher with Dorset Vision Support Service, says ‘the new suite will be a wonderful resource. I would like to develop opportunities where younger people with visual impairments could have regular involvement with the charity, this facility being the focus.’
Chief Executive Philip Tarrant explains, ‘We have a target of £58,000 to provide the AT suite and have secured almost half. We welcome further financial support from any source. If we exceed the target, we will be able to buy extra equipment for training.
If you or your employer is able to support us or you know any other groups that may help, please contact me on 01202 546644 or by e-mail.“