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 RNIB Cymrupeople 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, a retired engineer, is now supporting RNIB’s call-out for Welsh technology enthusiasts to join the volunteering team.

There are currently 111,000 people living with sight loss in Wales and this number is set to double by 2050. For many blind and partially sighted people, being able to use the right devices, apps and gadgets best is crucial to living an independent and fulfilling life.

However, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to access the technology that will help them the most. Setting up a new computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader is often challenging, especially for older users.

RNIB is committed to offering technical support to blind and partially sighted people across Wales. Its Technology For Life team, led by friendly Technology Support volunteers, help with all kinds of technology queries and issues over the phone or via email, support learning sessions and share tech skills at IT hubs, and provide one-to-one support to people with sight loss in their homes.

Read the full article on the Wales 247 website

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