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Exhibition of specialist technology for visually impaired people in Liverpool

September 18

Bringing you the latest in technologies for the visually impaired

BLIND and partially sighted people are invited to an exhibition of specially-adapted technology at the Bradbury Centre in Liverpool.

Technology for Life v3.0 is being organised by Bradbury Fields, formerly the Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind. It will take place on Wednesday, September 20 from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Bradbury Centre, Youens Way, Old Swan, Liverpool L14 2EP.

Twelve of the major suppliers of technology specifically adapted for blind and partially sighted people will be at the exhibition, including;

*Enhanced Vision
*Dolphin Computer Access
*Aspire Consultancy
*Computer Room Services

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to have a go at using a wide range of specifically adapted products including magnification and speech-based screen-reading software on computers, video magnification systems and software which converts printed documents into large print, braille or speech.

Guide dog owners may also be interested in trying a new app which has been developed by staff at Bradbury Fields. Big Spender will help guide dog owners to find a suitable area of grass for their dogs to relieve themselves.

Also exhibiting on the day will be local providers of information, advice and support services for visually impaired people such as Henshaws society for Blind People, St Vincent’s School for the Blind and Christopher Grange (part of the Catholic Blind Institute).

Phil Longworth, the Bradbury Fields Chief Executive, said: “There is so much specially adapted technology available now which has the potential to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people. The challenge for organisations like ours is to help our service users to make an informed choice in relation to what they buy.

“With our Technology for Life v3 exhibition, we have brought together many of the main suppliers of what is called access technology. This is the second time we have held this event and we’re hoping it will become the main exhibition of technology of this kind in the North of England.

“From my point of view, I use various aids and adaptations in my personal and professional life to read documents in print and to use my computer and smart phone. I therefore understand how useful it can be to have all the different types of access technology on display under one roof.
“And, although I don’t have a guide dog myself, I’ll be interested to chat to people about our Big Spender app, which was the idea of Lou Cannon, the Bradbury Fields Activities and Social Media Co-ordinator. Lou has a guide dog herself and the app is giving her the confidence to visit unfamiliar places knowing she can find somewhere suitable for her dog to ‘spend a penny’.”

Bradbury Fields was formed in 1857 to provide a service for blind people in their own homes. Initially, this meant reading the bible to those who couldn’t see.
Nowadays, Bradbury Fields provides a wide range of modern services for blind and partially sighted people from Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton. They include rehabilitation, which is the advice, training and support available to help visually impaired people find new ways of dealing with the practical and emotional difficulties they may have as a result of losing their sight
Other services available at the charity are information and advocacy along with transcribing printed material in to braille and audio.
Phil added: “This is just one of many events we are holding to celebrate our 160th anniversary. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the celebrations so far and there’s still more to come. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and has helped to make this year a fantastic success.”
More information on the exhibition is available by calling the Bradbury Fields reception on: 0151 221 0888.
Notes to editors
Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the exhibition. Please phone Tom Walker on 07843 443586 to let us know if you would like to come along.