Deafblind UK members in North Wales have been learning how to make the most of tablets and other technology, at the Wrexham Digital Inclusion group. The group meets regularly and has been working through a series of eight structured sessions to learn how to do everyday tasks on tablets using the Synapptic software for low vision. Group member Tony began the sessions as a digital novice but he now uses his tablet to check the daily weather, set calendar entries to remind himself of those all important household tasks and effortlessly dictates emails to friends and family. Learning how to adapt the devices to support low vision prompted one member to tell us “it’s the first time I have been able to read in four years!”
The sessions are led by Deafblind UK‘s Tim Locke and supported by six Digital Support Ambassadors (DDSA’s); Deafblind UK members who have got to grips with the latest technology and who are now helping others to benefit from it.
Thanks to funding from Awards for All Wales from the Big Lottery Fund, we are also able to loan out devices to our members who are thinking of investing in a tablet so they can ‘try before they buy’.