Wales Council of the Blind

Assistive/access technology

Definition: Assistive or access technology is any additional software or hardware that is required by someone, because of a disability, to enable them to use a computer. The two most common types of assistive technology for people with sight loss are screen magnification and screen reading software. It is also known as access or adaptive technology.

Category: technology

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Services mentioning Assistive/access technology

Access Unlimited - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Information

A gateway to RSBC services in Wales: Employment; Assistive Technology; Family Support; Information and Advice; Activities. In partnership with North Wales Society for the Blind, Vision Support, Wales Council of the Blind, Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales.

Apply for Assistive Technology - (Guide Dogs) Grants

Guide Dogs believes the right assistive technology – sometimes called ‘access’ or ‘adaptive’ technology – can help your child learn and play, just like everyone else. That’s why they've helped children and young people access a world of technology designed to suit their vision impairment.

Bierly magnifiers - (Bierly) Access technology

Bierly products help people with partial sight to magnify text and be able to enjoy reading and regain their independence. The products are innovative but simple. They have been designed specifically for people with partial sight, poor coordination, dexterity issues and anyone who may find modern technology challenging.

Ceredigion Association for the Blind IT Support - (Ceredigion Association for the Blind) Access technology

Our IT service provides advice, one-to-one training, short term equipment loan, and some financial support towards purchasing equipment. The service is completely free and we do not sell equipment, we just advise and support. Try before you buy: if you want to try before you buy, we can offer the loan of phones and tablets for 2 weeks. This would help you decide on the type of technology that meets your requirements and skills. We have an iPad and iPhone as well as an Android Synapptic tablet and phone.

Deafblind UK Technology Support - (Deafblind UK) Access technology

Our technology support service teaches you to make the most of technology to help you be as independent as possible. From magnification to voice recognition, we can show you how to make the most of the gadgets you’ve already got or how to use specialist accessibility software.

Digital Skills Training - North East Wales - (Vision Support) Access technology

Vision Support provide digital training whether you are a complete beginner and want to know about the technology available or you have a device and you want to make it more accessible/learn how to use the accessibility features. We are able to come to your home and provide one-to-one training. We provide support throughout North-East Wales.

Dolphin assistive technology products - (Dolphin Computer Access Ltd) Access technology

Dolphin assistive technology products are designed to improve accessibility and independence on computers, for people with a wide range of vision impairments. This includes screen readers for people who are blind, and magnification and audio products for people who have partial sight and low vision.

Dr. Rhydian James Grant Fund - (North Wales Society of the Blind) Grants

A grant to empower and enable future generations of people who are blind and partially sighted to reach their goals and fulfil their aspirations whatever they may be. Applicants in receipt of means-tested benefits will be given priority. They are happy to consider applications for specialist software, equipment and specialist training in the use of access technology.

NWSB Assistive Technology - (North Wales Society of the Blind) Access technology

Our technology service enables individuals to become more independent and access information, and includes specialist training advice and guidance from an experienced tutor who will work with you through a program of individual learning aims to help you reach your personal goals. We can advise on appropriate technology or software including: accessibility options; magnification and speech software; tablet devices including the iPad and Kindle.

RSBC Assistive Technology sessions - (Royal Society for Blind Children) Access technology

If you want to feel empowered and knowledgeable about the world of technology, then join our Accessible Technology sessions. Our Senior Accessibility Advisor Alex can provide support with using a wide range of devices such as smart phones, computers, tablets, braille readers and much more. They can also offer support in how everyday devices can be used to support blind and partially sighted people in areas including travel, finances, wellbeing and fitness, independent living and school. You can arrange a personal session online with Alex, designed just for you, or you and your family. We also run a range of group workshops online. All sessions last between 1 and 1.5 hours and can be arranged at a date and time of your convenience.

SASI - (UCAN Productions) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

Come and join Alys every fortnight at the wonderful Sight Life Centre, Cardiff, CF10 1BR. Sessions aim to develop confidence, vocal and self-advocacy skills whilst making friends and having fun. There are also opportunities to access our recording studio space there, to make podcasts, radio content, or simply engage with the stimulating possibilities offered by music and sound technology. 18+ years old. Bi-weekly on a Wednesday 11:30am-2:15pm at Sight Life Centre, Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff.

Technology for Life - (RNIB) Access technology

RNIB's Technology for Life team can give you information and support with: Making the best use of your smartphone or tablet; using accessibility software such as screen readers or magnifiers; understanding the specifications of products; discovering new products that could be useful to you; troubleshooting and problem solving. The Technology Support volunteers provide one to one support at home for people with sight loss. Grants available.

Technology for Work Training Course - (Technology Association of Visually Impaired people (TAVIP)) Access technology

TAVIP's Technology for Work Training Course offers members up to 5 hours of free one-to-one training to help them gain the IT skills needed in the work place so that, with other pre-employment support, they are ready to make the step into paid work.

Technology Support - (Sight Cymru) Access technology

Our IT Officers are able to support you in your own home with computers, tablets and other assistive technology.

UCAN Friday Nights - (UCAN Productions) Sports, arts, leisure and holidays

UCAN run a regular Friday evening drama/music/social workshop in the Cardiff School of Optometry building. This is attended by UCAN members, their friends and family, and also volunteers who work with UCAN. Trainers Alex and Alys, and our Peer Engagement Officer Hannah, deliver all sorts of activities relating to drama games, acting, music recording and sound technology, Arts Awards and also the chance to relax and have fun with friends in a safe environment. School of Optometry and Vision Science, Cardiff University, Maindy Rd, Cardiff. Every Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Vocaleyes Consultancy - (Vocaleyes) --uncategorised--

Audits of your current access provision for blind and partially sighted visitors (visitor experience, online and programmed events); audience advocacy sessions (reaching and growing your blind and partially sighted audiences); inclusive design workshops; advice on digital technology solutions.

VST Transcription Services - (Vision Support Trading Ltd.) Accessible media

We combine the skills of our extensively trained transcribers with the latest advancements in technology, data security and print production to deliver a highly responsive, reliable and secure transcription service for blue-chip companies operating in the utility, financial, telecoms and public sectors.

Working Age and Young People Connect by Tech Groups - (Macular Society) Access technology

Macular Society's Connect by Tech service offers one-to-one telephone support with the technology you are using around your home. Make the most of you smart phones, tablets, laptops and computers, smart speakers, and other technology. Help with setting up Alexa, using accessibility features on devices, help with video calls, setting up a computer, Zoom and conference calls and more. Zoom meeting on the fourth Friday of the month 10.30am

Library records mentioning Assistive/access technology

Better data, better care - Ophthalmic public health data report 2013 Report - [Library Type]

This report highlights how better data collection can improve communication between optometry practices, GPs, hospitals and local health authorities, leading to more efficient and joined up eye care services. It argues that use of technology will enable more accurate information to be gathered than is possible using existing, paper-based systems.

Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI) Guidance - [Library Type]

The framework presents educational outcomes within 11 areas: Facilitating an Inclusive World; Sensory Development; Communication; Literacy; Habilitation: Orientation and Mobility; Habilitation: Independent Living Skills; Accessing information; Technology; Health: Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical Wellbeing; Social, Sports and Leisure; Preparing for Adulthood.

Guidelines for the design of accessible information and communication technology systems Guidance - [Library Type]

These Guidelines are written for designers of information and communication technology (ICT) and provide advice and recommendations on accessibility issues for all types of disabilities.

Reading (Confident Living) Guidance - [Library Type]

This booklet explains the different formats you can get information in such as large print, audio and braille. As well as how to use lighting and technology like magnifiers and eBooks.

Technology (Confident Living) Guidance - [Library Type]

If you have sight loss, and little or no experience with technology, this guide can help you. You will discover the basics about computers, tablets and smartphones and how to get online. You’ll also be able to learn about magnifiers and the accessibility features of TVs and radios.