Apply for an Orbit Braille Reader 20 through the VICTA/RNIB grant scheme

RNIB & VICTA logos

10 March 2020
Source: VICTA

VICTA is currently working in partnership with RNIB on a product grant programme focussed on supporting independent study using technology. If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Orbit Reader 20 for Braille users (age criteria 8-29 years). The Orbit Reader 20 is a compact and revolutionary refreshable braille display

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Evening Standard: Amazon Alexa and RNIB team up to make the internet easier to use for visually impaired

Evening Standard logo

29 January 2020
Source: Evening Standard

Voice assistants are one way tech can aid those with disabilities online.  The Royal National Institute of Blind People has teamed up with tech giant Amazon to make accessing the internet easier for people with sight loss.   The collaboration enables the artificial intelligence (AI) to give information from the RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service. The company’s Echo devices featuring

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Wales 247: Call from RNIB Cymru for tech enthusiasts to help blind and partially sighted people

6 January 2020
Source: Wales 247

This National Technology Day (January 6th) a veteran RNIB volunteer is encouraging people across Wales to help blind and partially sighted people access life-changing technology. Dickon Oliver, 71, from Wenvoe, has been a Technology Support officer for RNIB for almost 40 years. After originally volunteering for the service in 1978 for some years, he started volunteering again in 2000. Dickon,

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BBC Scotland: How smart tech could transform disabled people’s lives

30 December 2019
Source: BBC Scotland

Within a generation, technology has radically changed the way most people live their lives. Smartphones and other devices are an added layer of convenience for many people – but they are making it possible to create innovations which could transform the everyday experiences of disabled people. “The possibilities are immense,” according to Robin Spinks, a senior innovation manager at the

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New age limit for the Orbit Reader 20 Grant

30 December 2019
Source: VICTA

In an update to our grant partnership with RNIB, VICTA is now able to offer the Orbit Reader 20 for 8 to 29 years. If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Apple iPad Air 2 (32 GB) with case (age criteria 11 to 25 years) and/or an Orbit Reader

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Smart Home Technology Increases Access and Independence for Blind and Partially Sighted People

Visualise Training and Consultancy logo

10 December 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Daniel Williams, Founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy, looks at how smart home technology can be life changing for blind and partially sighted people. As the world becomes increasingly digital, it brings welcome channels of communication and independence for people with visual impairments. The latest development is Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) – better known as smart home technology,

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Henshaws Knowledge: “tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment”

2 December 2019
Source: Henshaws

The Monthly dose of Henshaws Knowledge, where they share “tips, tricks and tech for living with a visual impairment”. Alice is completely blind and Mark from Henshaws sat down to talk about how she uses her iPhone. Find out how she uses VoiceOver to navigate to and open apps and find out the different ways she is able to type

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

16 May 2019

We’re marking the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be

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Insider Media: New autonomous vehicle trial launched with Blind Veterans UK

6 March 2019
Source: Insider Media

A Coventry-based autonomous vehicle business will start a trial showcasing how the technology can deliver improved mobility and independence for people with health conditions and disabilities. Aurrigo, which employs 85 people across its Advanced Engineering Centre in the West Midlands and offices in the US, Canada and Australia, is conducting the driverless pods trial involving blind veterans in Brighton. The

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Clew App Revolutionary indoor navigation for iOS, your input needed

7 February 2019
Source: Clew

Clew is a path retracing app designed for blind and visually impaired users to help them independently return to any desired locations. Using Apple’s new ARKit built for iOS 11 devices, Clew records a path and guides the user back to their starting location with a choice of voice directions, sound effects, and haptic feedback. You can Download the Clew

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