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

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

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

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

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

 

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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
 
Over 7 million people of working age in the UK have a disability, all of whom have equal rights to enjoy a fulfilling career. With this in mind, it is useful for organisations to have an appreciation of the role assistive technology plays in getting people with disabilities into work, and helping them stay there.
 
In January 2019, 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 on how to help include and support assistive technology users at work:

  1. Ensure that effective assistive technology is readily available. This should be designed for employment or enterprise and be able to access your networks or the applications your company uses. The Government's Access to Work scheme offers advice, practical support and grants for eligible personnel.
  2. Be open to making reasonable adjustments and be sensitive about how assistive technology is applied, to ensure those who need it can use it without feeling like they 'stand out'. If you are still unsure, talk to an expert such as a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) or one of the assistive technology expert at Dolphin.
  3. Ensure all digital services are accessible to every employee by utilising these guidelines on Government accessibility requirements.
  4. Schools and universities could allow students to take their assistive technology with them when they move from education into work, this can help make the journey simpler, as they will already understand the technology they use. It might also save the student money.
  5. Companies providing assistive technology could allow employees who use it to take their equipment or software with them when they move department or jobs. This will help make the transition into a new role or department easier.
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Topics: Organisation, Employment, Assistive Technology, AssistiveTechnology, AccessibleTechnology

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

10 Questions to Help Advise a Senior New to Sight Loss

Posted by Stella Broster on Mar 13, 2019 3:25:19 PM


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 confusing at first and this sometimes leads to self-isolation or depression, particularly if combined with other age-related health conditions.

In addition, senior people might find their social circle shrinking, which can result in a feeling of loneliness that might compound their physical problems and mental health issues. It is important to understand that there is lots of help and support out there - which can have a really positive impact on wellbeing, communication and mental health - as well as guidance on how to deal with the practical and medical aspects of sight loss. 

Assistive technology can help people adapt to their changing sight requirements, and there are lots of options available, even for those with no previous experience of computers. Complete this simple questionnaire and we will help you identify the technology to help empower people experiencing sight loss to regain their confidence and continue to live life to the full. 

Support seniors with sight loss? Need to identify their technology needs?  Download our FREE questionnaire

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Topics: Organisation, Individuals, SightLoss

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