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As the world is getting more internet connected with virtually everything moving online, and many devices now being connected to the internet, having access to technology is more important than ever.

For blind and partially sighted people it is not just being able to get online it is also being able to access technology such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

With the use of either magnification or screen reading software all of these devices can be made accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

Screen reading software will read out in an electronic voice what you are typing in on the device and what is on the screen while magnification software will enlarge images and text, so it is clearer for someone with limited sight to read. 

We are here to help blind and partially sighted people get online and access a wide variety of new technology.

We are here to offer you…

  • Training in how to use a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer with either screen reading or magnification software.
  • Qualified Guide and Supernova training and in-depth knowledge of other types of software such as JAWS and VoiceOver.
  • One-to-one technology training on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers.  All one-to-one training sessions are tailored to your individual needs.

We also run technology demonstrations at many accessible locations across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and throughout Wiltshire.

We pride ourselves in having an up-to-date in-depth knowledge of current assistive technology and we are able to share new developments in technology for blind and partially sighted people.

If you have any technology questions at all or would just like to chat about how best to use your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer why not get in touch with our Resources and Technology Coordinator, Lorna Hiscock, by email [email protected] or call 01380 739 113 for a chat and to find out more.

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Vision West of England provides local services for people living with sight loss across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and in Wiltshire under the banner of Wiltshire Sight. Vision West of England is a UK registered charity no. 1178384.
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