Accessibility Made Simple

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

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

Free accessible textbooks for learners with a visual impairment, dyslexia, autism or ADD

Posted by Stella Broster on Aug 13, 2019 1:47:25 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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Topics: Education, SightLoss

Understand sight loss more and maximise minimal vision

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

We are delighted to have another guest blog, this time by 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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