Fife Society for the Blind held a Technology Event, at Elmwood College on Wednesday 29th February. It was a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to find out about new developments in technology specifically designed to support people with Visual Impairments.
The College has worked in partnership with Fife Society for the Blind, for a number of years to provide a unique link between the College and the community. The College is the location for the Karten Centre which is a specialist facility, offering students and the wider community access to the latest assistive technology for the visually impaired. With the support of funding from the Lady Margaret Skiffington Trust, the partners have also developed Skiffington Cottage to become an assessment and rehabilitation centre for the visually and auditory impaired and also a sensory garden in the College grounds.
Key exhibitors demonstrating their devices and software at the event were, Dolphin, Visualeyes, FSB Enterprises, Optelec, Geddes Reader, Humanware and Sight and Sound. There were various gadgets on display for people to try out, which included, electronic magnifiers, GPS, reading machines, MP3 players and magnification and speech software.
Mark McClenaghan from Dunfermline brought along his guide dog Rebus to the Technology Event. He lost the remainder of his sight last year, which has been gradually deteriorating over the years.
Mark commented, “Without events like this, I wouldn’t have been made aware of the technology available, it makes life so much easier. Although some of the equipment can be very expensive, I have found the talking GPS to be very useful. It enables me to find my way about with relative ease. Rebus has given me a lot more independence but I do rely on a white cane as well. I would be lost without Fife Society for the Blind, they have really helped me.”
Since 1865 Fife Society for the Blind has been working to make life with sight loss easier. It is an independent voluntary organisation which provides a range of support services that includes volunteers, social and recreational and fundraising, many of which aim to address social isolation.
For more details visit www.fsbinsight.co.uk