Thursday, 17 July 2008

Sight Village Summer 2008

Yesterday afternoon we visited the QAC Sight Village Summer Exhibition in Birmingham.
An exhibition of technology, equipment and services for people with a visual impairment.
Approx 100 exhibitors demonstrating Audio equipment and services, Braille equipment and services, Computers and IT, Screen Enlargers and Readers, Daily Living equipment, Education and Training, Information, Leisure Services, Mobility Aids, Tactile Equipment, Text Readers plus information from several charities.
It was a very interesting few hours. There are so many recent advances in technology aimed at giving more independence to blind and visually impaired people.
Mobile Readers, for example, can be activated on a mobile phone. The user takes a photo of the print to be read and the character recognition software reads the text aloud.
Walking canes that can warn of overhead hazards.
Charities supporting blind and visually impaired people in the workplace and education.
The next QAC Sight Village will be held in London on 4th November at Kensington Town Hall.