The modern world relies heavily on computers and until quite recently, these were not very accessible to the blind and partially sighted without expensive software. Fortunately, things are changing and many manufacturers now include technology to assist users with limited eyesight.
Assistive Technology helps people communicate by either voice or magnification on their computer, tablet or mobile phone.
Our AT suite was opened by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Eddie Coope, on 1st December 2016. Prior to our AT Suite being opened, the nearest facilities were in Bristol and Brighton. Chief Executive Philip Tarrant says, ‘We are very grateful for the foresight of our Trustees who recognised the need for these facilities. With the financial support of the Talbot Village Trust and a number of private donations, we have been able to provide a modern space for tuition in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.’
All tuition is provided free of charge to any visually impaired person, under the guidance of staff from RNIB in Salisbury. Many of the tutors are volunteers, with computer based backgrounds.
6 week courses run regularly throughout the year, when users can learn how to operate computers, tablets or mobile phones, through one to one tuition. We offer teaching to suit each individual student, ranging from simply learning how to switch the computer on and off to more complex issues. Learning is at each user’s own pace.
Training can be provided in: Dolphin Guide; Jaws; NVDA; Zoomtext; Supernova and Synapptic plus inbuilt speech and zoom software both on Windows and Mac computers.
‘The volunteers were knowledgeable about my Apple Mac. I was really able to get what I wanted from the training.’ (Steve)
‘I had my iPhone for ages and was frustrated with it. I’m so pleased there’s now a place where I can be taught how to use it more confidently.’ (Jean)