Yearly Archives: 2020

Sight Village is going Virtual: 22-23 July 2020!

Sight Village is going Virtual - 22-23 July

Sight Village is going Virtual! – Wednesday 22 July to Thursday 23 July 10.00am – 2.00pm

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Queen Alexandra College are unable to host the usual Sight Village exhibitions which take place in various cities throughout the UK.

In order to stay connected and keep visitors up to date with the latest products and services available to people who are blind and visually impaired, Queen Alexandra College (QAC) will be hosting Sight Village Virtual via QAC’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

There is no need to pre-register for this event all you need to do is visit:-

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Please note: you do not need to have a Facebook or YouTube account to access this event.

Join on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd July, 10am – 2pm for a series of online videos, podcasts and interactive workshops from the UK’s leading providers of products and services for blind and visually impaired people.  They say there will be opportunities to catch up if you can’t log on during this time.

 


Below is a simplified Facebook Agenda

 

Sight Village Virtual – Day One Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Sight Village Virtual Introduction

10.00am – 10.05am

Welcome to Day 1 of QAC’s #SightVillageVirtual event introduced by organiser Lottie Reid and followed by a message from #SightVillage headline sponsors, CEO of Sight and Sound Glen Tookey.

 

10.06am – 10.29am

First on today’s agenda we have #SightVillage Headline Sponsors Sight and Sound Technology who will be demonstrating the Ruby XL HD Video Magnifier, ONYX OCR Portable Video Magnifier and the Compact 10 HD Magnifier.

 

Focus Birmingham: Telescopes, Stand Magnifiers and The Importance of Lighting

10.30am – 10.42am

Gaynor Whitehouse who is clinic lead at Focus Birmingham has joined us today at #SightVillageVirtual to talk about telescopes and stand magnifiers. Gaynor will be followed by her colleague, Andrew Miller who is an Optometrist at Focus Birmingham and he will be discussing the importance of lighting.

 

VisionAid Technologies: Wearables

10.43am – 10.57am

VisionAid Technologies are a UK based, family owned business who have been providing and supporting products to assist partially sighted and blind people since 1996. Today at #SightVillageVirtual you will be joined by Jason Shaw who will be discussing Wearable Technology particularly focusing on magnification.

 

Computer Room Services: The Blindshell Classic Mobile Phone

10.58am – 11.05am

#SightVillageVirtual would like to introduce Steve Nutt from Computer Room Services who will be showcasing the Blindshell Classic Mobile Phone.

 

Network Rail: What to Expect When Travelling by Train

11.06am – 11.09am

Network Rail have supported #SightVillage since 2018 by providing assistance to #SightVillage visitors at various train stations across the UK where #SightVillage events take place. They have joined us today to discuss the new measures in place at their stations and what to expect when travelling by train.

 

Humanware: Braille Devices, Low Vision Magnifiers and The Mantis Q40

11.10am – 11.26am

Humanware are regular #SightVillage exhibitors and today they will be showcasing their main braille products, followed by their low vision magnifiers for use in the home and out and about. They will also be launching their brand-new braille device the Mantis Q40. During #SightVillageVirtual Humanware will be offering customers 5% off their Braille product range and 10% off their Low Vision products, Victor Reader range and EyePal Solo. For further information and full terms and conditions please contact Humanware directly.

 

Seeing Solutions: Aries Reading Machine and Snow Handheld Magnifier

11.27am – 11.35am

So, what’s new at Seeing Solutions? They have been working hard during lockdown to produce a series of videos showcasing a number of new products and services. In this series of videos, you will be joined by their Managing Director, Philip Ward who will be showcasing the Aries Reading Machine, followed by Technical Director Alexander Ward who will be telling you more about their Snow Handheld Magnifier.

 

British Blind Sport: FJB Pilates

11.36am – 12.19pm

British Blind Sport is the National Disability Sports Organisation working to make sport and physical activity inclusive and accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted. BBS have worked in partnership with FJBPILATES to create this video. FJB Pilates is committed to working with clients in both the Pilates and Dance world to ensure clients’ efficiency of movement and reduction in injury incidence. Felicity is a qualified Pilates instructor and Dance Scientist (MSc) with a passion for all thing’s movement.

 

Dolphin: EasyReader, GuideConnect and SuperNova

12.20pm – 12.32pm

Dolphin provide accessible technology to blind and visually impaired people for personal and professional use. In this #SightVillageVirtual video they will be showcasing their; Easyreader, GuideConnect and SuperNova software and apps.

 

JW.ORG: A New Braille Bible in English and Portuguese, With More to Come.

12.33pm – 12.39pm

JW.ORG presents A New Braille Bible in English and Portuguese, With More to Come. This video shows the braille press in action with a brother who is blind giving immediate feedback on the paper and print quality and how a new form of stronger binding has been developed. Examples of how people are using and benefitting from the release of the Braille Bible are included.

 

WeWALK

12.40pm – 12.50pm

Fine out more about WeWALK in this short video. WeWALK is a smart cane that detects obstacles at the head and chest level and warns the user. It supports voice interaction with its microphone, speaker and touchpad. It can be paired with smartphones and the users can get clock-wise and turn by turn navigation through their cane. It can also gain new features through software updates. The visually impaired can access public transportation info through their cane and also learn the popular places around them such as cafes, restaurants and shops over WeWALK.

 

Associated Optical: Eschenbach Digital HD Magnifier, Eschenbach Vario Digital FHD Magnifier and Eschenbach VisoLux XL Digital Magnifier

12.51pm – 13.01pm

Since 1983 Associated Optical, Eschenbach’s UK partner, has sought to provide eye-care professionals with innovative magnification devices to further enhance their patient care. Through this series of short videos, they will be showcasing their; Eschenbach Digital HD Magnifier, Eschenbach Vario Digital FHD Magnifier and Eschenbach VisoLux XL Digital Magnifier.

 

Look UK: A Roundtable Discussion about; Declaring your Visual Impairment, Mobility with a Cane or Guide Dog and Advocating for Yourself as a VI Person

13.02pm – 13.27pm

LOOK UK are a small, national charity supporting visually impaired children, young people and their families through their peer mentoring service and confidence building events. In this #SightVillageVirtual video, Chris chats to mentors Nathan and Saima about declaring your visual impairment, mobility with a cane or guide dog, and advocating for yourself as a VI person. These are common themes within the mentoring and we know are three topics that are very important to VI young people. Our mentors draw from their own experiences to support their younger peers to become confident, independent people.

 

Queen Alexandra College: Life at QAC

13.28pm – 13.39pm

QAC’s External Relations Co-Ordinator Matt Wright has joined us at our #SightVillageVirtual event to discuss life at QAC followed by QAC’s short film. Music: https://www.bensound.com

 

Yoga Workshop with QAC’s Meltem Naylor

13.40pm – 13.58pm

QAC’s Yoga Tutor Meltem Naylor will be delivering a special yoga Workshop to finish off Day 1 of #SightVillageVirtual.

 

Sight Village Virtual Day 1 Closing Video by Sight Village Organiser Karen Easthope

13.59pm – 14.00pm

Sight Village Organiser Karen Easthope brings Day 1 of #SightVillageVirtual to a close. We have another packed agenda for you tomorrow so tune in at 10am. Take care and stay safe The Sight Village Team!

 

Sight Village Virtual – Day Two Thursday 23rd July 2020

 

Sight Village Virtual Day 2 Introduction

10.00am – 10.01am    Welcome to Day 2 of QAC’s #SightVillageVirtual Event introduced by organiser Lottie Reid.

 

Sight and Sound: Smart Reader HD and Omni Reader, Topaz Video Mangnifier and Pearl Scan and Read

10.02am – 10.24am

#SightVillage Headline Sponsors Sight and Sound Technology will be kicking off Day 2 of #SightVillageVirtual with demonstrations of their Smart Reader HD and Omni Reader, Topaz Video Magnifier and they will also be discussing how to get the most out of your Pearl Scan and Read.

 

ClearVision

10.25am – 10.34am

ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books in print and braille and tactile books. Fiona has created this #SightVillageVirtual video to discuss with you ClearVision and the service they provide in the UK and Ireland.

 

Professional Vision Services: Magnilink TAB, Magnilink Student, Magnilink Zip and Esytime Braille Notetaker

10.35am – 11.02am

This year Professional Vision Services will be showing the very latest technology from the world’s oldest and most established video magnifier manufacturer. They will be demonstrating their latest product the Magnilink TAB in addition to Magnilink Student, Magnilink Zip and their Esytime Braille Notetaker that they have recently just released.

 

RNIB: New Braille and Mobility Catalogue 2020, Orbit Reader 20 and soon to be launched 20 Plus, PenFriend 3 Audio Labeller, Miele’s GuideLine washing machine and three of our ECLO’s offer quick tips to help you feel confident and comfortable about attending a hospital eye clinic appointment

11.03am – 11.11am    Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) is a UK Charity offering information, support and advice to people with sight loss. They have provided a series of videos to showcase a range of their products and services.

 

VisionAid Technologies: Handheld Video Magnifiers and Sight Village 2019 Highlights

11.12am – 11.36am

VisionAid Technologies are a UK based, family owned business who have been providing and supporting products to assist partially sighted and blind people since 1996. Today at #SightVillageVirtual VisionAid will be demonstrating Handheld Video Magnifiers and sharing their highlights from Sight Village 2019.

 

Angeleyes: Virtual Reality Sight Loss Simulator

11.37am – 11.43am

Angel Eyes is a charity that supports blind and partially sighted children and their families in Northern Ireland. Chief Executive Sara McCracken has joined us today at #SightVillageVirtual to demonstrate their exciting new Virtual Reality Sight Loss Simulator.

 

Torch Trust

11.44am – 11.53am

#SightVillageVirtual would like to introduce Torch Trust who are Christian charity that offers services and resources to people with sight loss.

 

Queen Alexandra College: Revolution Advantage Carbon Fibre Canes

11.54am – 11.58pm

QAC is proud to be the sole importer of Revolution Advantage canes into the UK. We supply to a range of organisations (social services, rehabilitation teams, etc) and also sell direct to the end user. QAC’s Jenny Bryant is here to discuss the range of canes we have available.

 

RNIB: BeMyEyes

11.59pm – 12.03pm

BeMyEyes partners with RNIB to connect people with sight loss to RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service. Find out more about BeMyEyes in this RNIB Connect radio interview.

 

Seeing Solutions: Mercury 10 and Pocket Voice

12.04pm – 12.14pm

Following on from Day 1 of #SightVillageVirtual, we are pleased to be joined again by Philip Ward from Seeing Solutions who will be demonstrating the Mercury 10 and Mercury Pocket Voice.

 

VI Talk

12.15pm – 12.31pm

VI Talk is a charitable incorporated organisation supporting blind and partially sighted people, their families and friends. It is also aimed at anyone who works in the field of visual impairment. This podcast will enable you to find out more about their Facebook Groups and Zoom Chats and an opportunity to meet the team.

 

British Blind Sport: Beginners Guide to HITT with Inclusive Fitness Training

12.32pm – 12.47pm

British Blind Sport is the National Disability Sports Organisation working to make sport and physical activity inclusive and accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted. BBS have worked in partnership with Inclusive Fitness Training to provide you with this Beginners Guide to HIIT Workout video. Inclusive Fitness Training, based in London, are currently offering global online personal training programmes. Richard is the owner of IFT and is a strong believer that fitness should be made accessible to Every Body, regardless of Ability or Disability.

 

Enhanced Vision: Clearview C HD, Amigo Quick Start, Pebble Quick Start and Optelec Power TV Glasses

12.48pm – 13.10pm

Enhanced Vision provide low vision products and solutions. In this video they will be demonstrating their Clearview C HD, Amigo Quick Start, Pebble Quick Start electronic magnifiers and Optelec Power TV Glasses.

 

Macular Society

13.11pm – 13.13pm

The Macular Society is the only charity determined to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research, advice and support. Find out more about the Macular Society in this short video.

 

RealSam: In Your Pocket

13.14 pm – 13.22 pm

In this series of videos RealSam will be showcasing In Your Pocket which is a voice-controlled phone designed specifically for people who are blind or have low vision.

 

Goalball UK

13.23 pm – 13.26 pm

Goalball is an exciting, indoor, 3-aside team sport, of attack and defend – with a unique twist! The sport was originally devised in 1946 to help rehabilitate soldiers who had lost their sight during the war. It has been played throughout the world ever since, at the highest level, by people who are blind or partially sighted.

 

Double Tap

13.27 pm – 13.28 pm

Double Tap TV brings discussions on everything tech with news, reviews and interviews as they help viewers better understand how technology can assist in everyday life. They have also recently launched their radio station Double Tap Now, dedicated to providing information and advice to disabled people on all things tech.

 

Guided Meditation with QAC’s Manisha Patel

13.29pm – 13.51pm

To finish off our two-day #SightVillageVirtual Event we have a Guided Meditation Workshop for you, delivered by QAC’s Manisha Patel.

 

Sight Village Virtual Day 2 Closing Video by Sight Village Organiser Karen Easthope

13.52pm – 13.53pm

Sight Village Organiser Karen Easthope brings Day 2 of #SightVillageVirtual to a close. Thank you for tuning in, don’t forget to tell us how you found the event by emailing sv@qac.ac.uk and we look forward to welcoming you to our usual Sight Village Events in 2021!

Download the Full event agenda Here: https://blindsport.uk/Sightvillage20

Contact:  Mary  0161 928 0170    07510 122342

 

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know – Zoom sessions

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know- Zoom sessions with London Vision

Sight Loss: What You Need to Know virtual /phone sessions

The London Vision team will be hosting Sight Loss: What You Need to Know sessions over the coming months. The sessions will take place on the digital meeting platform Zoom, but they will be accessible for people with computers and smartphones and for people who only have access to a landline phone.

Each session will be themed; we will cover different areas including reasons for registering as a blind partially sighted person and the benefits associated with registration; tips and tricks for living with sight loss; getting out and about; introduction to technology, and sport and leisure.

The sessions will be informal and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share your ideas. We will also keep the groups small to allow for conversations. Your friends or family are also welcome to join in with these sessions and discussions.

If you are interested in joining, please call Chris on 020 3761 3651 or get in touch via e-mail info@londonvision.org

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions, and feel free to share this message with anyone you think might benefit from the course.

 

Upcoming sessions

  • 21 July 11 am – 12 pm              Getting out and about
  • 21 July 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm        Getting out and about
  • 22 July 6 pm – 7 pm                   Getting out and about
  • 28 July 11 am – 12 pm               Everyday Life Skills
  • 28 July 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm        Everyday Life Skills
  • 28 July 6 pm – 7 pm                   Everyday Life Skills
  • 4 August 11 am – 12 pm            Sport and Leisure
  • 4 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Sport and Leisure
  • 4 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Introduction to Technology
  • 5 August 6 pm – 7 pm               Sport and Leisure
  • 6 August 11 am – 12 pm           Introduction to Technology
  • 6 August 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm     Introduction to Technology
  • 11 August 6 pm – 7 pm             How to feel good about yourself
  • 13 August 11 am – 12 pm         How to feel good about yourself
  • 13 August 2.30pm – 3.30 pm   How to feel good about yourself
  • 18 August 11 am – 12 pm         Setting goals and targets
  • 19 August 2.30 pm – 3.30pm   Setting goals and targets
  • 19 August 6 pm – 7 pm             Setting goals and targets
  • 9 Sept  2.30pm – 3.30pm        Registration and rights
  • 10 Sept 11 am – 12 pm            Registration and rights
  • 10 Sept 2.3 0pm – 3.3 0pm       Registration and rights
  • 15 Sept 11 am – 12 pm             Getting out and about
  • 15 Sept 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm       Getting out and about
  • 16 Sept 6 pm – 7 pm                 Getting out and about

 

Important

When you join a session your phone call should be free but please check with your provider first.

London Vision Info

info@londonvision.org

www.londonvision.org

 

Shape up with Spurs – Metro Blind Sport Sessions

Shape up with Spurs – Metro Blind Sport Sessions

Shape up with Spurs – Metro Blind Sport members group session

Now  on Mondays at 2 pm

Contact: martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are currently providing regular weekly physical activity sessions, delivered via Zoom to their community. These have been incredibly  successful, with hundreds of people attending.

They are now offering a unique opportunity for Metro Blind Sport members to access a group session. The session has been designed especially for Metro Blind Sport members, helping to build confidence in taking part and accessing physical activity from the home.

What do you need?

Participants will need access to Zoom, wear appropriate clothing suitable for exercise, have fluids nearby. You will not require any equipment for the sessions.

When?

Mondays,  2 pm to 2.45 pm

How will it work?

You will be part of a session made up of Metro Blind Sport members, the coach will provide instructions, the activities will aim to improve your fitness levels and include both cardio and strength exercises. You will need to ensure you have space and that you are not near anything you may knock over or collide with. The coach will provide regular feedback throughout the session.

How to take part?

To register your interest in taking part in the physical activity session, please inform Martin Symcox via email on martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org

For monitoring and health purposes, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will need to gather some information from you, we want to make this as simple as possible, so your email and phone number are passed from Martin to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Someone from the Foundation will be in touch to complete a participation form with you, either by phone or email.

 

Click on the link to start

You will receive a link from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, a couple of minutes before the session is due. To start, click on the link and wait for instructions from the coach.

Following the first Metro Blind Sport members group session, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will gather feedback from participants, looking to improve and build upon the first session.

What a great way to keep active, Shape up with Spurs next week alongside other Metro Blind Sport members. These sessions will help to bring people together, share experiences, exercise and have fun together.

 

 

Wheels for Wellbeing restarted Monday Sessions!

Wheels for Wellbeing restarted Monday Sessions!

At Wheels for Wellbeing, we have restarted our Monday sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome in Southwark, although we are operating a booking system (groups of up to 6 people cycling for 45 minutes, over a 3-hour period – i.e. a total of 18 people).

Tandem Cycling only supported if both tandem riders are from the same social  Bubble

WfW won’t be doing any tandem riding unless 2 people are from the same bubble. It would be too unbearable to cycle with a mask and visor (imo) which would be the safest way.

However, side by side cycles should be OK if both riders have masks and visors. Bikeworks have just restarted their “Ride Side by Side project”, for example.

During our sessions I’m encouraging our support workers/carer etc. to cycle with their disabled cyclist, though, so I have yet to mask/visor up for cycling with someone. We have a married couple who are both VI who we can’t accommodate at the moment, sadly.

At the moment our Dare to Ride project is very small scale organised rides for those who are best suited to riding away from roads i.e. in parks, unless people have their own cycles  in which case I can organise longer rides….mainly on an individual basis so that people cycle in their own communities.

I would usually train a tandem pilot initially by having them cycling as a stoker so that they get to understand how that feels. That’s impossible to do too!

Hope that helps to understand where we’re at with regards to tandem cycling.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle-centre/wheels-for-wellbeing

Herne Hill Velodrome
104 Burbage Road
SE24 9HE

Contact: info@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Tel: 020 7346 8482

This is in line with British Cycling and Government guidelines around social distancing. Unfortunately, our sessions at Croydon Sports Arena and Ladywell Day Centre are yet to re-start, as the venues we host at are still closed.

We also have a new project called “Dare to Ride”, which consists of led rides around parks, on roads and other local areas in south London – there may be scope for some tandem riding, which the Senior Administrator/Session Manager will be able to help you more with!

Liz Bull-Domican – Fundraising Officer

Contact: info@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

 

Return to Play: Sports and Leisure Sector Guidance

RNIB BBS & Metro Blind Sport's Best Practice Leisure Guidelines

RNIB, British Blind Sport, Metro Blind Sport and Visionary issue guidance for leisure operators to support the return of blind and partially sighted people

In preparation for the reopening of leisure and sport facilities, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), British Blind Sport (BBS), Metro Blind Sport and Visionary have been working together to provide practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.

Research conducted by RNIB has found that two thirds (66 per cent) of blind and partially sighted people feel less independent now compared to before lockdown, demonstrating that social distancing measures, as brought in to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, are incredibly difficult for many people living with sight loss. In addition, inaccessible signage and fear about how the public will react to them if they are unable to follow the guidelines is causing increased stress and worry.

In response to these anxieties, RNIB, BBS, Metro and Visionary have created practical guidance which will help leisure operators and sport providers prepare for welcoming people back to physical activity, with the least amount of stress and difficulty. The guidance provides simple considerations that will make the return more straightforward and encourages the wider public to be mindful that sight loss may not always be obvious. The guidance demonstrates how to communicate clearly any changes to the facilities, particularly floor indicators or arrows, protective screens and temporary barriers.

Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at RNIB, said: “The findings from RNIB’s survey clearly show how much of a significant impact social distancing measures are having on the lives of blind and partially sighted people. As lockdown restrictions ease, we’ve increasingly heard from people with sight loss who are incredibly anxious about how to manage the situation. By creating clear, implementable guidance for leisure operators, we hope that some pressure and stress will be relieved for blind and partially sighted people, and that we will make the general public more aware of the challenges being faced by our community during this time.”

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive at BBS, said “During the pandemic, blind and partially sighted people have been facing specific and unique challenges that have had an enormous impact on everyday independence. We have been interested to learn about the issues that people with sight loss have faced due to social distancing particularly visual cues in public places. To ensure that these issues are not repeated in the sporting environment, together we have created clear and easy to follow guidance that can be put into place for safe return to play. This guidance will make a huge difference to people who want to return to living independent lives and will offer additional assistance to the organisations who provide inclusive physical activity opportunities.”

Martin Symcox, Chief Executive at Metro Blind Sport, said: “People with sight loss have faced significant difficulties in observing social distancing since lockdown has been in place and again since it has been relaxed. Many individuals have told us that they are worried about returning to physical activity without any clear guidance in place and are unsure of the new barriers that they may face. We hope that we have made it simple and cost effective for our suggested measures to be implemented before facilities reopen and that this will give blind and partially sighted people the confidence and reassurance they need to return to the activities that they enjoy.”

all Metro Blind Sport work is  kindly supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust
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Please click here to read the new Sport and Leisure Sector Guidance

For more information on this guidance, please contact Marc Powell on marc.powell@rnib.org.uk