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Stella Broster

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Volunteer/Trustee Relies on SuperNova to help with her busy life

Posted by Stella Broster on Jul 18, 2019 1:42:29 PM

Ruth lives on the Isle of Wight with two grown-up children. Her sight condition is cone-rod dystrophy. Ruth first noticed a deterioration in her central vision when she was just 9. She stayed in mainstream education though, as she says “I just struggled through and used my friends”.

Ruth was registered blind in 1998 and believes that because the deterioration was so gradual, she simply adapted and was able to manage well.

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Posted by Stella Broster on Jul 3, 2019 10:30:19 AM

 

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Topics: Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

Visually impaired senior IT systems engineer for international employer chooses SuperNova

Posted by Stella Broster on Jul 1, 2019 11:33:33 AM

As a senior IT systems engineer for an international employer, Stefan Kaiser has proven expertise in current technology and a personal interest in accessibility. We asked him about his experiences and what led him to choose and recommend SuperNova for himself and his colleagues.

How long have you worked for WACKER?

I have worked for WACKER since 1990. I started my career as a trainee. In Germany it is common to get an overview for 3 years, working in the different departments of a company. During this trainee phase I had a big 20 inch Monitor – it was very heavy – so around 25 kg. I was the first visually impaired employee at WACKER. So the company really supported me to start my job and have continued to support me during my whole career. After I finished the trainee program I worked for different departments in the human resource unit.

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Funding for Higher Education for students with a VI or additional needs

Posted by Stella Broster on Jun 20, 2019 12:10:32 PM

Recently, we were contacted by a student who had won a competition we ran previously. He was applying for PhDs and while he had gained places at two universities, unfortunately he had been unsuccessful at securing competitive funding through the usual channels. He asked whether we had any suggestions for funding opportunities through charities or organisations that help people with SPLDs/SEN – we did! Here are the funding opportunities currently available:

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Audio books have grown the world of books for the blind book lover

Posted by Stella Broster on May 15, 2019 3:40:45 PM

We hope you enjoy our Guest Blog by Holly Scott-Gardner, a 25-year-old blind student, blogger and Youtube creator.

"As far back as I can remember my life has revolved around books. When I was a child I would eagerly await deliveries of heavy volumes of braille in the post, relishing the distinctive crackle of Velcro as I pulled open the bags they were stored in. A new book meant a new world to explore. I was sustained on a steady stream of library books and the audio books my family bought for me. But at times I lamented how few books I could read. So few were available in braille or audio and I sat on the side-lines as friends shared new discoveries I didn't have a hope of reading.

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Top 5 Tips to Help a VI Senior Take the Leap with Tech

Posted by Stella Broster on May 15, 2019 11:19:05 AM

Sight loss affects people of all ages, but as we get older we are increasingly likely to experience sight loss. Almost 1.5 million people aged 65-84, and a further 580,000 aged 85 and over, are living with sight loss in the UK.

Assistive technology is one crucial way for older people to stay living well, safely and happily at home, yet they can be nervous to try new technology and quick to give up if it seems challenging to use.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss

10 Questions to Help Advise a Senior New to Sight Loss

Posted by Stella Broster on May 15, 2019 11:18:26 AM

According to the RNIB "Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. As of 2015, more than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives, such as not being able to drive".

Clearly, as we get older, one of the main conditions that can affect us is problems with eye health. Sight loss can be frightening and depressing, particularly if combined with other age-related health conditions. In addition, seniors can find their social circle shrinking, meaning loneliness can compound the physical problems and mental health issues.
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Topics: Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

5 ways to help assistive technology users at work

Posted by Stella Broster on May 14, 2019 4:25:09 PM
 
7.6m working age people in the UK have a disability and clearly they have equal rights to enjoy a fulfilling career. Assistive technology is hugely important in getting people with disabilities into work and helping them stay there. In January, BATA gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee's inquiry about the role of assistive tech in removing barriers in the workplace. They offered some simple tips for how to help include and support assistive technology users at work:
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Topics: Education, Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

Free accessible textbooks for learners with Dyslexia, Autism or ADD

Posted by Stella Broster on Apr 25, 2019 12:05:30 PM

Do your learners struggle to access the curriculum? Would the students and pupils you support benefit from accessible textbooks? Do they struggle with reading print materials? Do you need talking eBook editions of textbooks?

RNIB Bookshare and the EasyReader app can help.

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The EAA will make products and services more accessible

Posted by Stella Broster on Mar 26, 2019 11:25:37 AM
On 13th March, the European Parliament approved the European Accessibility Act to make key commercial products and services more accessible for people living with a disability.

Which products and services?

The new directive sets out the common standards that need to be achieved, and outlines what needs to become more accessible, such as ticketing machines, ATMs, PCS, smartphones, banking services, eReaders and eBooks, eCommerce services and transport services.
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Topics: Organisation, Individuals

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