Ses­sion sees par­tially sighted get to grips with tech­nol­ogy aids

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

BLIND and par­tially sighted peo­ple took part in a tech­nol­ogy ses­sion to en­able them to get the most out of phones, iPads and PC soft­ware.

They met at the Dis­abil­ity In­for­ma­tion Bureau’s Shop­mo­bil­ity build­ing on Churchill Way in Mac­cles­field to par­tic­i­pate in a hands-on ses­sion hosted by Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety and led by An­drew Coleman from Ac­tion for Blind Peo­ple, based in Liver­pool.

An­drew demon­strated the VoiceOver ac­ces­si­bil­ity func­tions en­abling vis­ually im­paired users to ac­cess all the usual apps and fea­tures of tablets and phones by lis­ten­ing to a de­scrip­tion.

The ses­sion ex­plored voice com­mands and tac­tile con­trols, as well as in­built mag­ni­fi­ca­tion func­tions.

The work­shop was the first in a se­ries of reg­u­lar taster ses­sions, en­ti­tled ‘Online To­day’, led by Ac­tion for Blind Peo­ple and the Royal Na­tional In­sti­tute of Blind Peo­ple.

Mac­cles­field Eye So­ci­ety is also de­vel­op­ing an IT sup­port scheme for the blind or vis­ually im­paired along­side the ses­sions. If you or some­one you know is af­fected by sight loss, con­tact the so­ci­ety for more in­for­ma­tion on 01625 422602 or email info@mac­cles­field eye­so­ci­ety.org.uk.

●● Par­tic­i­pants in the morn­ing ses­sion, led by An­drew Coleman. Right: Mar­ion John­ston checks out some of the tablet fea­tures with help from An­drew

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