July 2016

Jay Stow, Research Consultant

A new Guide on Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology claims that recent technological advances are creating solutions to everyday challenges for people with sight loss.

Launched by Thomas Pocklington Trust, the cutting-edge Guide covers a broad range of high- and low-tech products used for a variety of activities around the home, from online shopping and reading to health and fitness.

The Guide includes:

  • Hints and tips on getting to grips with technology for the uninitiated, including what kinds of products to purchase
  • Information on available funding and a wide range of useful resources, both in-person and online
  • A handy checklist and questions for occupational therapists and support workers to identify the needs of their clients and help plan a way forward
  • A section specifically for designers, highlighting the need to work alongside visually impaired people in the early stages of the product development process

The Guide will form the centrepiece of an online portal with a comprehensive product database to be launched in Summer 2017.

Links:

Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology: A Guide for People with Sight Loss – PDF version and Word version