Blind and partially sighted technology beginners encouraged to ‘Switch on’

technologyThis November the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is helping technology beginners to switch on and learn the basics.

RNIB’s Switch on to technology month will focus on the common questions that many beginners have: what’s out there for me, where can I get hold of it and how do I use it? Blind and partially sighted people will be able to take part in technology taster events as well as accessing free guides and video tutorials.

Following on from the success of last year’s Switch on campaign and the feedback from people with sight loss who attended the events, there are three areas of technology that will be covered: making sense of mobile phones; getting online with computers and tablets; options for reading with eBooks and download audio books.

Fazilet Hadi, Group Director of Inclusive Society at RNIB, said: “Switch on to technology month 2013 aims to reach thousands of blind and partially sighted people who want to find out more about the benefits that technology can bring to their lives.

“We had great feedback from last year’s events and 74 per cent of people who took part said they would use or make better use of technology, as a result of attending a Switch on event. We hope to reach and inspire even more people this year.”

Léonie Watson, Chair of the BCAB (British Computer Association of the Blind), added: “Technology is part of everyday life for everyone and that includes blind and partially sighted people.

“Technology can seem daunting at first, but many devices such as tablets and smart phones are designed to be easy for everyone to use. My advice is to give it a go.”

To find out about a technology taster event, order your free technology guides or find out about video tutorials call the RNIBHelpline on 0303 123 999 or visit

About RNIB

RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIBHelpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit

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