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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Support for People with Sight Loss

Visual impairment is a difficult thing to live with and it really useful to know about all the equipment and information that can help out on a daily basis.

A 'Sight Loss Information Day' is being held at the Community Centre, and if you know of anyone who may benefit from this we would appreciate you letting them know please.

At the ‘Sight Loss Information Day’ you can see the latest smart phones and tablets specifically made for those with sight problems and there will be all manner of aids for the home. Exhibitors of holidays and retreats that cater for blind and partially sighted guests will also be on hand and an audio library will be present.

On this special day you can also see demonstrations of an exciting new intuitive wearable device which has a smart camera fitted onto spectacles. It has been designed to help people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a reading disability. You can go to www.orcam.com to see how this appliance will read text after being instructed by a pointing gesture from the user. It will read newspapers, books, road names, product labels, shop names etc. This new device can also be trained to recognise people who are familiar to the user. Further development of this product to become interactive could be a real break through for those with sight loss.

This is a great opportunity to try a vast range of aids and equipment for the visually impaired, so get the details below in your diary! 

SIGHT LOSS INFORMATION DAY: Exhibition of Information and Equipment
Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Milford On Sea Community Centre - Drop in any time between 10am to 3pm. Free Entry, Refreshments available.

EXHIBITORS LIST
Action for Blind People - RNIB
Associated Optical – Eschenbach Magnifiers
Calibre Audio Library
Dolphin - Assistive Technology for Life
Macular Society
Open Sight
Optima - Low Vision Experts
Pamtrad – Products for Blind People
Professional Vision Services
Sight & Sound Technology
Synnaptic – Tablet Computers
Talking News – New Milton
*Torch Trust for the Blind – Christian Books & Holidays
Vision Hotels – For Visually Impaired Guests

*Local Milford on Sea resident, Sinclair Campbell is also a volunteer with New Forest Torch Fellowship which meets monthly on third Saturdays at New Milton. (Torch Trust is a Christian organisation with a worldwide vision for people with sight loss. www.torchtrust.org) For more information you can contact Sinclair on 01590 644926 - campbells2@tiscali.co.uk.


For further details on Exhibition:

Open Sight
Pam Bateman


   

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