Session sees partially sighted get to grips with technology aids
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