Tech products and services are opening opportunities for blind and partially sighted people in employment, education and engagement. Our Technology Services team raise awareness of accessible tech solutions that help blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead.
Accessible office systems are empowering blind and partially sighted people in the workplace as never before and a host of software and services are helping students to access curriculum materials in their preferred formats.
Yet there are still challenges, not least around ensuring employers, schools and universities are aware of these and the opportunities these accessible tech solutions can give to blind and partially sighted people.
We manage the Vital Tech website which offers impartial guidance through the world of assistive tech for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
The site currently contains researched content in these areas:
- Being organised – banking and managing money, timekeeping, identifying, labelling and locating, writing and recording
- Jobs around the house – In the kitchen, household, gardening and DIY tasks, laundry and clothing
- Health and wellbeing – fitness and grooming, health and safety
- Staying in touch – landlines, mobile phones, using computers and tablets to stay in touch
- Computing – computers, other devices and accessories, using computers and software
- Heating, lighting and access – accessing and securing your home, heating and lighting
- Relaxing at home – accessing TV, listening to music and radio, playing games
- Reading and magnifying – magnifying, reading, using Braille
Though Braille was invented nearly two centuries ago, Braille technology is now more widely available than ever before. Read more on this in these articles: