Here in York, we’re busy right to the very end!
We had an “iTaster Session” to provide support to 18 older people to look at several mobile devices with built in assistive technology namely an iPad Air, iPhone 5, Windows Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Smart phone and a Kindle Paperwhite. This session is one of the support services we offer through OPTiC and all of the devices (bar the Kindle) have been funded through the project to enable local people with sight loss to engage and keep up to date with technology.
How the iTaster session worked
4 Peer Supporters explained to the participants how different types of assistive technology enabled them to be independent, from using a Georgie Phone (a British Wireless for the Blind Sonata Digital radio) to not being able to live without an iPhone! 4 newly appointed Technology Support buddies also demonstrated how to use the devices and it’s great to know that this service will continue post project thus ensuring sustainability of OPTiC‘s valuable work.
What else is going on?
- We are holding a celebratory ‘Thank You’ event for everyone in York who has been involved in OPTiC.
- We have organised a “Blindfold” walk with local councillors and a local businessman to highlight the problems that street clutter, such as A Boards, cause to visually impaired people.
- Yes – it may be the last day but we are holding eye health and cookery taster sessions! The latter session will be supported by an author of a cookery book and she will be demonstrating how to make her healthy smoothies. We will also bake buns for afternoon tea – healthy buns of course!