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

4 Ways SuperNova Makes Reading Accessible

Posted by Kim Piff on Feb 4, 2021 4:36:28 PM

Reading is such an important part of life, it brings enjoyment and opportunity. The ability to read and access the written word enables us to learn, grow and communicate.

At Dolphin, we recognise that everyone has a right to be able to read in a way that suits their vision. It’s our mission to build software that empowers people with visual impairments to read and succeed.

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Topics: SightLoss, SuperNova, VisualImpairment, Assistive Technology, AssistiveTechnology, Teachers, AccessibleTechnology, Blind

GuideConnect Video Calling - Set Up and Go

Posted by Kim Piff on Jan 29, 2021 12:49:11 PM

How, Why and When to use GuideConnect Video Calling.

New to GuideConnect 1.15, GuideConnect video calling is a more accessible, easy-to-use way for people with sight loss to make video calls.

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Topics: SightLoss, GuideConnect, VisualImpairment, Assistive Technology, AccessibleTechnology, Video Calling, AccessibleVideoCalling, Communication

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

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.
Claim Free Guide

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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

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

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