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Echo 4th Gen FREE for blind and partially sighted people!

Photo shows a Echo 4th gen with it blue light on, up against a mirror so it shows the front speaker in light grey with a clock on the front

RNIB have approached VICTA as a partner to distribute a number of 4th Generation Amazon Echo devices as a FREE gift to blind and partially sighted people who would benefit the most!

You can use the device to access the RNIB library and reading services which are now fully accessible via Amazon Echo. You can also ask the device to call the RNIB Helpline.

  • Recipients of the offer must meet the following criteria:
  • Be registered or registerable blind or partially sighted
  • Be a UK resident
  • Not currently own an Echo device
  • Be connected to the internet
  • Have an email address
  • Have a smart phone, tablet or computer access, necessary to enable the device; this
  • may be via friends or family if not personally owned
  •  Be for your own personal use; this device is not for resale
  • One device per customer

If you are interested in applying for one of the 4th Generation Amazon Echo devices and meet the criteria above, please email grants@victa.org.uk for further information. Please note, we will have limited numbers and eligible applicants will be awarded devices on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport:  Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Instagram   |  LinkedIn 

Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here

 

New AI Personal Assistant for VI People!

Meet the REALSAM Speaker System A New AI Personal assistant for blind and partially sighted people

New AI Personal  Assistant for blind and partially sighted people!

Launched  in March, a new AI personal assistant for blind and visually impaired people will for the first time deliver news updates, over 27,000 books, the latest official Coronavirus information podcasts, and helpful information from a range of UK sight loss charities all on the one platform. Developed by RealSAM, the new Smart Speaker solution is innovative technology bringing previously inaccessible news and entertainment content to its subscribers.

Continue reading New AI Personal Assistant for VI People!

RNIB: Next Online Men’s Group – 1 Dec!

RNIB: Online Men's Group on Tuesday 1 December 2020

RNIB: Online Men’s Group on Tues 1  December 2020

On Tuesday 1 December between 4 pm  and 6 pm we’re holding another online Men’s Group.

The group is an opportunity for blind and partially sighted men within London to come together and discuss issues that matter to you in a safe private space.

Each meeting is based around 1-2 topic areas often with a guest speaker.

The group actually started as a face to face group based at our Judd Street office near Kings Cross. However, because of COVID-19, the group currently meets online.

My name is Tony Leigh and I work for the RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People) within the London and SE Connections Team.

Contact Information

If you are interested or want further information please do contact me by email (tony.leigh@rnib.org.uk) or phone (020 7391 2143).

 

RNIB: Talk and Support service!

 

RNIB: Next Online Men’s Group – 1 Dec!

RNIB: Online Men's Group on Tuesday 1 December 2020
Venue:
Online
Time:
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Phone:
020 7391 2143
Date:
01st December 2020
Cost:
FREE


RNIB: Online Men’s Group on Tues 1  December 2020

On Tuesday 1 December between 4 pm  and 6 pm we’re holding another online Men’s Group.

The group is an opportunity for blind and partially sighted men within London to come together and discuss issues that matter to you in a safe private space.

Each meeting is based around 1-2 topic areas often with a guest speaker.

The group actually started as a face to face group based at our Judd Street office near Kings Cross. However, because of COVID-19, the group currently meets online.

My name is Tony Leigh and I work for the RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People) within the London and SE Connections Team.

Contact Information

If you are interested or want further information please do contact me by email (tony.leigh@rnib.org.uk) or phone (020 7391 2143).

 

RNIB: Talk and Support service!

 

RNIB: Top Tips Easing of lockdown!

RNIB: Top Tips Easing of lockdown!

RNIB: Top Tips Easing of lockdown:  Advice for people with sight loss

Here are just a few tips to help you feel confident in adjusting to the ‘new normal’.

Be prepared

Before returning to your favourite shopping centre or restaurant, why not check out what changes they’ve made so you have some idea of what to expect? You can either find this information online, or just give them a call.

Equip yourself

Try and equip yourself with anything that will make your outing easier. For instance, if you’re concerned about finding hand sanitiser as you enter shops, why not take your own bottle? And if you’re not usually a cane or guide dog user but would like people to be aware that you might struggle to see them, consider getting a symbol cane or other visual indicator.

Be aware of changes to the environment

From store layouts and queueing systems to streets and public transport, there have been significant changes to our environments. All of this is to help us stay safe, but it’s important that you bear in mind that places you’re usually familiar with might be very different.

Give yourself time

Due to the changes in our environments, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to get used to the new surroundings and protocols. You may even feel more comfortable if you plan to go out with someone else for your first few outings.

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance

Whether it’s finding hand sanitiser or completing a track and trace form, we’re all having to get used to the ‘new normal’, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

Stay safe and stay comfortable

Government guidance now includes wearing a face mask in shops, as well as public transport, and some people are worried it might obscure their visual field or glasses. Why not try a few different masks in the safety of your home to find one that best suits you.