October is Blindness Awareness Month – and gosh, do we have a packed programme of videos, podcasts, webinar events, articles and stories to share with you every day this month!
Accessible technology in the workplace has come a long way over the last few years allowing blind and partially sighted employees to perform roles as well as their fully sighted counterparts. Every week during October we will share an instructive video on how our blind and partially sighted colleagues manage spreadsheets and CRM systems, create and deliver presentations, organise meetings and post on social media.
National Braille week falls within Blindness Awareness Month (5-11 October) so we will be sharing a series of articles, videos, a podcast and interesting facts about Braille and its place in everyday life.
The following week we have a focus on accessible tech. Our technology experts will be reviewing Google Look and two competing Braille products. We will also have a head-to-head between the conference software Microsoft Teams vs Zoom and a webinar event on accessible tech for education.
The latter part of the month we focus on stories from blind and partially sighted people in the workplace and showcase employers who are getting it right. We also share inspiring stories from young people.
Here some of the highlights. Don’t miss these.
Thursday 1: Launch of Blindness Awareness Month 2020
Friday 2: Video - Creating budgets and using spreadsheets using JAWS
Monday 5: Video - How to use a Braille machine
Wednesday 7: World Sight Day. Video - Scheduling and running meetings using JAWS
Thursday 8: Podcast - Does Braille have a place in the modern world?
Monday 12: Tech Review: Orbit Reader 20
Tuesday 13: Tech Reviews: Google Lookout and Mantis Q40 braille display
Wednesday 14: Webinar – Education Technology
Thursday 15: Podcast - Teams and Zoom goes head-to-head
Friday 16: Video - managing and monitoring social media
Tuesday 20: Video – employment through volunteering
Wednesday 21: Video - Performing CRM tasks using JAWS
Tuesday 27: Video - Scheduling and running meetings using JAWS
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Ines Higgins talks about her long journey into employment and how her supportive employer has helped her thrive in her role.
In this video, the third of our #BlindAndAble videos, Alex Henderson, TPT's Communications Intern, shares how he manages TPT’s social media vehicles using a mix of magnification and screen reading software.
In the latest episode of The Blind Spot, host Alex Henderson welcomes TPT's Darren Paskell and Kevin Satizabal to battle it out on which video conferencing platform is the best: Zoom vs Teams.
New for 2020, the Mantis Q40 is a 40-cell braille display from HumanWare equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. Find out what TPT's Technology teams initial thoughts are about it.
Google Lookout is a free smartphone app developed by Google for Android devices which can automatically read and scan text, recognise products and describe objects. Find out initial thoughts from the Technology team at TPT.
The Orbit Reader 20 Plus is the latest model in the Orbit Reader line of refreshable braille displays available from RNIB. Find out what TPT's technology team thought of it.
In the second of five videos for our campaign #BlindAndAble, TPT's Technology Information Champion, Darren Paskell demonstrate how he creates and delivers presentations using screen reading software JAWS.
How relevant is braille in the modern world? TPT's Darren Paskell hosts this episode of the Blind Spot podcast to explore this question, along with a guest pane includingl Dave Williams, Musama Ali and Megan Paul. Listen now.
In the first in a series of Blind And Able videos, TPT's Martin Sigsworth demonstrates how he creates budgets and uses spreadsheets by the screen reading software JAWS.
Kaukub Asia is a Social Worker working with young offenders in West Yorkshire at Kirklees Council. When she was training to be a Social Worker, she was told repeatedly by her peers she wouldn’t be able to succeed because of her vision impairment. Read her story.
Our Education Technology webinar on 14 October looked at the technology and specialist equipment in education available for young people with vision impairment.