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Computer accessibility software an introduction

 

What is computer accessibility?

 

It is a number of things that you can do to help make a computer accessible for a person with a visual impairment.

This may require specialist software or adjustments to your existing operating system.

We predominantly deal with screen readers but can offer limited services with regard to magnification solutions.

Changing the mouse pointer, screen colours and resolution and size are just the start.

Closely followed with GUIDE and JAWS screen readers, common key stroke commands are the foundation of our work.

 

 

Trekker Breeze

A talking GPS or Satnav for the visually impaired.

This device will assist you to find your way to many places of interest or your personal landmarks; hotels, banks, transport, restaurants, theatres, bars, shops, nightlife, hospitals and much more. Points of interest are given in order of proximity, so you can search for your destination.

 

Modern Technology Products

Just to mention a few, where do we start?

Talking microwaves, clocks and watches, personal health equipment such as talking pedometers to blood pressure monitors, audio books, yes these products and many more talk to you.

 

The talking microwave is perhaps one of the most useful items found in the kitchen, but just add the talking kitchen scales and measuring jug and you have everything you need to make soups, main dishes and desserts.

 

You may ask how I thread needles to allow those small running repairs, well there are aids that will ease that task but use these with a CCTV and you will be able to continue many fine detailed pieces of work.

 

CCTV’s come in many forms, prices and styles. They are mainly a camera unit that looks at a page of text or picture which is then displayed on a screen, this could be a dedicated screen, your TV or a computer monitor.  Some are large desk top devices, whilst others are hand held and will easily fit into a pocket.  Many of these devices are reliant on a mains power supply like the desk top machines and the ones that plug into your TV whilst others are portable that will fit into a hand or shoulder bag. Dependent on the size and style they can magnify from 2 times – 50 times.

They offer functions like auto focus and freeze frame allowing you to take a snap shot of something that is out of reach then moving it for you to view. Our best advice with all the products mentioned in this document is to contact us for a chat about your needs and wants for any specialist equipment. We can also make arrangements for a centre or home demo.

 

Photo of a computer class:

photo of computer class

There are also many ways to label everyday items like CDs, foods, clothing etc.  With tactile, high contrast and talking methods available, there are devices that will tell you what colour that new top is but there is one down side, it will not say it does not go with those shoes.

 

To talk to us about a wide range of equipment that we use daily phone or email us.

Remember the products we can advise you about we use as we are all blind or have a significant sight loss who work or volunteer for EYECAN.

We also offer support and advice on much other hi-tech equipment, such as talking GPS, electronic magnifiers, text readers and scanners not forgetting day to day aids and telephones.

We also host inspirational talks to school leavers, people thinking of self-employment and people new to sight loss.

 

What do we offer?

We offer a number of courses for individuals or organisations, tailored to your organisational or individual customer requirements.
A half day (3hrs) or full day (7hrs) with theoretical and practical workshops.

The table below will give you an approximate timetable and an outline of topics for you to select from for your training

 

What the Attendees Receive

All attendees will receive a pack containing handouts relevant to workshops covered while attending the course along with some general information, the opportunity to ask a visually impaired person questions that can be answered with first-hand experience and a wider understanding of issues relating to visual impairment.

We will hold a mix of theory and practical hands on group activities which will be determined by the content of your day or half day, we can give you guidance as to which topics will give you the outcomes that you are seeking.

 

Day Plan

A half day would generally have 2 workshops each lasting about 1 hour.
Commencing with a welcome and introduction, ending the session with an overview, a break halfway through the session overall time about 3 hours, generally 9 am – 12 pm, or 1 pm – 4 pm.

A full day would have 5 workshops, a lunch break and a second break in the afternoon, overall time 7 hours. Generally held 9 am – 4 pm.

Adjustments to timing may be accommodated dependant on transport and other commitments.

 

EXAMPLE OF SUBJECTS

Laptop and desk top computer, how to make them usable

Out and about with a talking GPS

Using a cane or guide dog

Equipment for reading

Equipment for daily living

Equipment for health needs

Desk and mobile telephones

Inspirational talks

Using magnification

Using a screen reader

Employment

Access to work

Email and Microsoft office applications

Hobbies and holidays

Cooking and daily living

 

 

Day plan layout

Half day

Introduction 

Session 1 

Break 

Session 2 

Feedback 

20 mins 

1 hour 

20 mins 

1 hour 

20 mins 

 

Full day

Introduction

Session 1 

Break 

Session 2 

Session 3 

 20 mins

 1 hour

 10 mins

 1 hour

 1 hour

Lunch

Session 4 

 Break

 Session 5

 Feedback

 1 hour

 1 hour

 10 mins

 1 hour

 20 mins

 

 

Your Part

We would like if possible for you to arrange tea or coffee for breaks, a room for the training or if required you may need to hire a room which the cost of hire would be in addition to the course costs.

Lunch is an optional extra for the organisation or the individuals to provide.

If travelling time is more than 2 hours in addition to a full days training, we will require accommodation.

 

What We Ask

Unless any objections are raised we may be recording the training session to assist us with any further training or evaluation of content and quality.

As both of our trainers have a visual impairment they will need meeting at the entrance or reception, a designated person to assist if an evacuation is required and an area to allow their guide dogs to “spend a penny”.

 

Finally

We will require contact name/details for the day, address of the venue and telephone number, the number of attendees and guidance on the topics that you would like us to deliver.

 

For any further information please contact us:

Email; alan@eyecan.org.uk

Telephone; 07961 406739 or 0114 220 7007

www.eyecan.org.uk/directory

www.eyecan.org.uk

 

Our Qualifications:

PTLLS Level 4 (Preparing To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector)

OCN Braille Teacher (Open College Network)        

Accredited trainer for DOLPHIN GUIDE