No shop­ping blind

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

PATRICKWalsh of Mt Perry, who has been vi­sion-im­paired for three and a half years, has re­ceived an ID Mate scan­ner from Gayn­dah Lions Club.

Gayn­dah Lions Club mem­ber Henry Harman said the $1395 scan­ner was a “won­der­ful piece of equip­ment” that would al­low MrWalsh to “shop with con­fi­dence”.

MrWalsh, whose vi­sion is now at 5%, said the por­ta­ble talk­ing bar­code scan­ner gave users a text-to-speech de­scrip­tion of more than two mil­lion items from its data­base.

“It’s ab­so­lutely great, fan­tas­tic that the Lions got me one I can use,” Mr Walsh said.

“It’s just like a finger­print – I can scan the item and it tells me what it is.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve got here it reads, but I shop at Aldi and need to down­load their bar­codes.”

ID Mate users can also add voice-recorded in­for­ma­tion to ex­ist­ing prod­ucts or cre­ate a la­bel for any­thing that does not al­ready have a bar­code.

MrWalsh ap­plied through Aus­tralian Lions Visual In­de­pen­dence Foun­da­tion for the scan­ner when his re­quest for a see­ing eye dog was de­clined.

“There’s not enough foot­path in Mt Perry – only about 1km of foot­path that we can use with a guide dog safely,” MrWalsh said.

“A bloke from Guide Dogs come up from Bris­bane to see me.

“You’ve got to walk it (a see­ing eye dog) 4km each day.”

MrWalsh said the ID scan­ner from Gayn­dah Lions Club was al­ready mak­ing his life a lit­tle eas­ier.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIONS GIFT GIVES IN­SIGHT: Gayn­dah Lions pres­i­dent Peter Spencer (left) presents vi­sion-im­paired Mt Perry res­i­dent Pa­trick Walsh an ID scan­ner, with text to speech ca­pa­bil­ity.

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