How GuideConnect helps people with sight loss at Kent Association for the Blind

Posted by Kim Piff on Oct 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

This year, Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) are celebrating 100 years of supporting people with a sight impairment to live independent lives - a fantastic achievement of which they are rightfully proud!

We were delighted to train members of the Assistive Technology team at KAB on  Dolphin GuideConnect and to hear about the impact it's had since the training has been put into practice.

KAB recommends Dolphin GuideConnect to their service users - particularly those experiencing sight loss in later life. Their Assistive Technology team is fully trained to demonstrate and advise people how to use the system – and it’s having really positive results.

The positive impact of GuideConnect

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Topics: Organisation, GuideConnect, VisualImpairment, AssistiveTechnology, AccessibleTechnology, Blind

Claim your Essential Guide to Assistive Technology for the Home

Posted by Kim Piff on Oct 21, 2020 3:45:00 PM

There’s so much new and exciting technology available now, and each opens a world of connection, convenience or entertainment. For people who are blind or partially sighted, assistive technology can play an even bigger role. It builds connections, reduces loneliness and helps users retain their independence and privacy.

So, how do you find out which is most suitable for your level of technical ability, your interests and needs?  How might you work out which will be of real value to you, and which would be a waste of your time and money? What if you know nothing about the types of technology available or find the whole thing overwhelming?

Assistive technology experts at Dolphin Computer Access have produced an Essential Guide to Assistive Technology for the Home to help answer all these questions.
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Topics: SightLoss, GuideConnect, VisualImpairment, Assistive Technology, AccessibleTechnology

6 Tips To Make Word Processing Documents More Accessible

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Sep 25, 2020 11:39:09 AM

Accessible Educational Materials Series Part II

Whether you’re part of a school or other organization and you need to get better at creating accessible content, this blog will arm you with a few new strategies to use right away, so you can create more accessible documents.

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Topics: Education, Organisation, SightLoss, Deafblind, VisualImpairment, AssistiveTechnology, Teachers, AccessibleTechnology, Blind

3 Easy Steps You Can Take To Deliver Accessible Education Materials in Your School or Classroom

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Sep 14, 2020 4:54:16 PM

School Accessibility Series Part I

Question: How do we deliver alternative formats—accessible educational materials [AEM]—to students with disabilities in a timely manner?

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Topics: Education

Smartphones changed the way we work and live—Connect & Learn for education does that for students and schools!

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Aug 27, 2020 3:33:50 PM

As an educator working with students who are visually impaired, you’re on the forefront of technology, you’re probably what the world views as an “early adopter.” But do you remember your very first smartphone? Do you remember holding that beautiful, probably expensive, piece of technology in your hot little hands? You explored with amazement all of the things you could do—get your email, surf the net, load your music and go to a place you’ve never driven without printing pages and pages of Mapquest directions. It was ALL in there, everything you needed and things you didn’t even know you needed but as it turns out, you did. And if that wasn’t enough, you could walk around with that fantastic, tiny, all-around tech solution in your pocket or purse. It changed your life, and with each new inventive app that’s released, probably continues to do that today. That’s the kind of pivotal technology your students need, and that’s what they get with Connect & Learn.

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Topics: Education, SuperNova

5 Ways GuideConnect Makes Exploring Websites Easier for People with Sight Loss

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Aug 23, 2020 7:27:13 PM

Navigating a website with a screen reader can be an arduous task for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Every. Single. Element. on the page is read aloud — hidden code, weird characters, ads, and lots of other gobbledygook.

GuideConnect is different! Designed for people with sight loss who are new to technology, GuideConnect’s simple talking menus make everyday tasks super simple. In this blog we’re going to explore 5 ways that GuideConnect helps people with sight loss to avoid the “white noise” and get to the information they need on the web quickly. So if you’re working with a client or someone you love who is struggling to be successful surfing the web, GuideConnect might be just what you’re looking for.

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Topics: SightLoss, GuideConnect

Everyone’s Talking About GuideConnect! Read the Two-Part Series Featured in AccessWorld to Find Out Why!

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Aug 13, 2020 3:07:12 PM

We’re delighted to have GuideConnect featured in the June AND July issues of American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB’s) wildly popular magazine, AccessWorld.

While AFB was originally formed to serve American Veterans who became blind as a result of World War 1, AFB is known globally for having led the development of standardized English Braille code, developing the first Talking Book and Talking Book Machine and so much more. So when AFB asked to feature GuideConnect in AccessWorld, we were not only honored, but also thrilled with their review.

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Topics: SightLoss, GuideConnect

I Give Up—Using the Computer is Too Hard!

Posted by Mary Jo Barry on Jul 15, 2020 5:53:27 PM

As an assessor, trainer or professional working in assistive technology, how many times have you heard those words from your clients?

Especially your clients who are older, losing or have lost their vision, and weren’t terribly tech savvy to begin with. It’s frustrating to learn new skills, specifically computing skills. Then, pile on the fact that typically, in addition to learning basic computing skills, they have to learn to use assistive technology separately, as an add-on. It’s the perfect storm that keeps new users underneath the threshold of success. GuideConnect is a game-changer for those clients.

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Topics: SightLoss, GuideConnect

Senior reconnects with his family and regains his independence with GuideConnect

Posted by Stella Broster on Sep 24, 2019 12:08:39 PM

We spoke with Irene Sheffield, who told us about her father, Michael.

“Dad has macular degeneration and his eyesight has degenerated severely over the last 3 years, and he has been completely blind for the last 2 years. Life has been extremely hard for Dad as he used to be a black cab driver and very independent.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss, GuideConnect

Assistive Technology Levels the Playing Field

Posted by Stella Broster on Sep 24, 2019 12:08:12 PM

As the Owner Operator of a Management Consultancy across the UK and Ireland, Colin Phelan has spent a successful and uninterrupted 35 years in business.

We asked him about his career and the part that Assistive Technology, specifically Dolphin Supernova, has played.

How long have you used Dolphin Supernova?

It became apparent in the mid 90’s that as my eyesight was deteriorating, alongside the introduction of desktop computers in the workplace, I was going to have to find a long-term solution to enable me to continue to develop my career.

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Topics: Organisation, SightLoss, SuperNova, Employment

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