Digital Eyes by Royal National Institute of Blind People

RNIBLogoThe RNIB’s Digital Eyes scheme uses sighted volunteers (or buddys) to train partially sighted people to use tablets or smartphones for everyday tasks.
Tablets and smartphones have recently become both cheaper and more accessible with smart new applications to support those with sight or hearing loss. People with sight loss are beginning to use these to shop, read, keep in touch with friends and get out and about, and have told us the difference it is making in terms of social inclusion, independence and confidence.
The Digital Eyes scheme is being trialled in London in 2013. With a ‘buddy’ and the loan of a tablet or smartphone, the participant explores a new online area each week such as shopping online, social networking, planning a journey and reading an eBook.
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