With advancements in assistive technology, we are able minimise many of the barriers faced by blind and visually impaired people while using I.T.

Assistive technology is a term used to describe adaptive software, computers and digital equipment that can be used by people with disabilities. This type of technology continues to evolve. It is amazing to think that a smart mobile phone can now help you to see objects in front of you, read letters and documents aloud, access the internet and give us step by step walking directions to unfamiliar places. Any one of these things can provide a truly life changing experiencing for those living with sight loss.

Some examples of assistive technology used by blind and visually impaired people may include large format keyboards, specialist magnification and screen reading software such as ZoomText, Jaws, NVDA and Supernova. In addition, mainstream mobile phones and tablets with built in accessibility features and downloadable apps. Devices such as the Amazon Alexa and Google Home Hub are also becoming increasingly popular.

Here at Beacon we offer a wide range of I.T training, most of which is delivered on a one to one basis and tailored to suit the individual. We can offer advice and guidance on choosing the most suitable equipment and provide a whole host of training on specific devices and software. With the appropriate equipment and training, a person with sight loss can become more independent by learning to shop online, access e-mails, text message, connect with others through social media and so much more. We can also help with I.T skills needed to help you remain in work or get you back into work.

If you are living with sight loss and would like more information about how Beacon can help with your IT needs, please contact us on: enquiries@beaconvision.org