Computer skills taught to blind people

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 January 2015

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BLIND and partially-sighted people are being given opportunities to learn how to use iPads and computers at a new IT centre in Weston.

The Karten Technology Centre, in Neva Road, is being run as a joint project between Vision North Somerset and Action For Blind People.

It has been funded by the Karten Trust, which provides IT facilities for disabled people.

Volunteer Jo Healey said: “I know from firsthand experience how liberating it is for someone with poor vision to be able to use technology to read, write, communicate, shop and navigate independently again.

“I am happy to share my knowledge so that other people have the chance to experience this too.”

Learners are teamed up with a fully-trained volunteer, many of whom are visually-impaired.

Action For Blind People spokesman Scott Wood said: “We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with Vision North Somerset and to share our technical expertise to help local visually impaired people use information technology.”

The Karten Technology Room is in the Vision North Somerset building.

For more information call Nina Farr on 01934 419393.

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