Accessible Reading for World Book Day 2021

Posted by Kim Piff on Mar 4, 2021 1:33:24 PM

World Book Day is here again! A celebration of books, children’s literature and a wonderful way to promote the joys of reading.

The mission of World Book Day is to change lives through a love of books and shared reading. In 2021, the focus is to encourage parents, children and young people to spend just ten minutes a day sharing a story – to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

At Dolphin, we are keen to ensure that all children have the opportunity to read. When books and reading are accessible to all children - including children with visual impairments or who are neurodivergent - it means all children have the opportunities to share in the successes reading brings.

“Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator for success in life, more than family circumstances, educational background, or income.” 
Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development 

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Topics: Education, Individuals, SightLoss, VisualImpairment, AssistiveTechnology, Teachers, EasyReader, Reading

Focus on Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Posted by Kim Piff on Feb 26, 2021 11:15:53 AM

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is a condition caused by significant sight loss. Thought to affect one in five people who lose their vision.[1] CBS causes visual hallucinations which can be unexpected and sometimes troubling. 

This is the first in a series of articles focussing on different sight conditions, written to help build awareness of the different ways sight loss might affect you. These articles provide information and signpost further reading, advice and support.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss, VisualImpairment, Blind, Wellbeing, ElderlyCare

GuideConnect Video Calling: A Guide for Friends & Family

Posted by Kim Piff on Jan 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Connect with friends and family who have visual impairments 

For many people around the world, video calling can be a real lifeline when it's not possible to visit in person. While it’s no secret that the last year has been difficult for many, people who are blind or have low vision can feel particularly isolated.

Video calling offers another way to be together. It's more than a means of communication. Use it to check in with loved ones and make sure they're safe. You can have a long chat, a quick catch up and share a laugh. Video calling is a remarkable weapon in the fight against loneliness.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss, GuideConnect, VisualImpairment, Assistive Technology, AssistiveTechnology, AccessibleTechnology, Blind, Video Calling, AccessibleVideoCalling, ElderlyCare, Communication

Accessible Video Calling has arrived!

Posted by Kim Piff on Jan 19, 2021 4:09:04 PM

Dolphin has launched GuideConnect Video Calling:
Accessible video calling for people with visual impairments.

Video calling services have been the primary method for staying connected to family and friends, teachers, employers and the wider community since the onset of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. It could be said that this technology has been one of the saving graces of lockdowns throughout the world.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss, GuideConnect, VisualImpairment, Assistive Technology, AccessibleTechnology, Blind, Video Calling

5 Positive Activities for 2021

Posted by Kim Piff on Jan 8, 2021 3:43:24 PM

At this time of year, it’s heartening to make plans for the future. Whether you learn something new, change things from the past or revisit activities you love but have lost along the way.

Taking time for yourself to do something you love or to try something new will benefit your wellbeing, your relationships and your outlook.

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Topics: Education, Individuals, VisualImpairment, AssistiveTechnology, AccessibleTechnology, Wellbeing

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

GuideConnect helps seniors with sight loss enjoy their computer – and life!

Posted by Stella Broster on Sep 16, 2019 12:29:19 PM

Julie Duffy is the Visual Impairment Officer for Portsmouth Library Service, part of Portsmouth City Council (and works closely with the Sensory Impairment and Deaf Services team). Julie runs the visually impaired phone advice line and provides help and guidance on any aspect of vision impairment. Julie has been at Portsmouth CC since 2001 and is completely blind. Many of the people Julie advises are elderly, new to sight loss and nervous of technology. Julie is thrilled to be able to confidently recommend a simple computer solution for email, internet and typing documents.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss

Understanding how to maximise minimal vision using assistive technology for sight loss

Posted by Stella Broster on Jul 26, 2019 1:38:06 PM

We are delighted to welcome another guest blogger Roger Wilson-Hinds, founder of the Georgiephone app. Roger - who has been blind since birth - describes what he sees and suggests simple ways to maximise minimal vision.

Roger says “what I see depends as much on my brain as my eye defect. My brain constantly makes the best guess about what I see. The smallest visual clue can be enough for me to guess or know what I am looking at. I get tired looking – it’s hard work with so few clues and so much effort. And I get tired quickly when trying to sort the detail, especially with reading print and close work”.

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Topics: Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

Understanding Deafblindness

Posted by Stella Broster on Jul 26, 2019 10:35:53 AM

We have an informative Guest Blog today by Naomi Dainty, Marketing Manager of Deafblind UK. Naomi writes:

A lady once came up to our stand at a low vision event. She had sight impairments and was wearing two hearing aids, indicating to that she was hard of hearing. She saw that we were representing Deafblind UK and said to me “wouldn’t it be awful to be deafblind, those poor people!” What she didn’t realise was that she herself was actually one of nearly 400,000 deafblind people in the UK.

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Topics: Individuals, SightLoss, Deafblind

Interested in simple talking tech for vision loss? Live in the US? Join our FREE webinar!

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

 

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Topics: Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

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