The Peterborough Low Vision Day 2017 will take place on Friday 22nd September from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Deafblind UK in Hampton (next to the Harvester restaurant and a short walk from Tesco or Dobbies garden centre).Click here to visit the Deafblind website where you can find them on the map.

The Low Vision Day helps anyone connected to sight loss (individuals, friends, family, professionals) to find out just what clubs, activities and support is available in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. A wide range of items to help with daily life will be on display and a chance to talk to organisers of activities and services available in Peterborough.

It is a free, one-day event and there is no need to register, just turn up on the day and take in all that’s on offer. This is a popular event, so to avoid overcrowding we recommend that you come later in the day so that you have more time to talk to the exhibitors and to get the information you might want.

  • See a wide range of items that can help with daily life and maintain independence
  • Get hands-on demonstrations of the latest mobile and desktop equipment from the leading suppliers
  • Talk to organisers of activities and services available in Peterborough
  • Find out about the latest products, books, magazines and newspapers
  •  Guide dogs experience with a demo from GuideDogs
  • Try something new like archery or yoga
  • Free tea and coffee

Sighted guides:

There will be trained volunteer sighted guides on hand so if you are travelling alone and need some help you won’t miss a thing. Other special requirements must be arranged in advance.

Getting there:

DeafBlind UK is located in Hampton (close to Tesco) and free parking is available. The Stagecoach citibus service 6 runs nearby. On the day, PAB will also be providing a free minibus shuttle service between or Westgate office (near Queensgate Bus Station) and DeafBlindUK. Contact the PAB office on 01733 344 844 if you want to use this. Below is the shuttle bus schedule:

From Westgate to DeafBlindUK:

Departing Westgate at 10.15

Departing Westgate at 11.15

Departing Westgate at 13.15

Departing Westgate at 14.15

From DeafBlindUK to Westgate:

Departing DeafBlindUK at 12.00

Departing DeafBlindUK at 13.45

Departing DeafBlindUK at 15.30

 

For more information on this event please call the office or email Mandy Thompson at info@mypab.org.uk (putting LV Day in the subject line).

DeafblindUK,

Cygnet Road,

Hampton,

Peterborough

PE7 8FD

 

The Exhibitors:

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired and ex-Service men and women. Our service is aimed at anyone who has served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and is now experiencing severe sight loss. Our support helps veterans live an active and fulfilling life again. We are currently developing Community Teams to ensure members are able to access services locally as well as through our established centres that offer rehabilitation, respite, leisure and employment support and holiday accommodation to members.

BWB help people who are living with sight loss to access the world of audio by providing high quality easy to use radios and audio players. They are specially designed or modified to meet the needs of listeners with a visual impairment. Our sets range from simple digital radios and CD/USB/SD players to a wireless internet audio player. For those who meet our qualifying criteria this equipment is available on a free loan basis.

Calibre Audio Library brings the pleasure of reading to people with sight problems, dyslexia or disabilities that prevent them reading print, through a free nationwide postal and internet service of audio books. The Calibre website, www.calibre.org.uk, provides details of all our services including on-line access to our complete catalogue of audio books.

DeafBlind UK support people with combined sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want.

Dolphin believe that everyone should be able to use a computer, whatever their level of sight. We design and develop software from the ground up to help people achieve that; bringing accessibility and inclusion to all ages. With features designed specifically for education, students can learn alongside their peers and at home using the same software for continuity; opening up future employment opportunities and social connections in an increasingly online world.

Enhanced Vision, One of the top manufacturers in Electronic Magnifiers for people with low vision, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and diabetic retinopathy. Our consultants help and discuss the benefits of the latest in Text to speech and HD technology, how it can work with your sight. To help you to fully participate in life.

Guide Dogs and Blind Children UK provide a range of mobility and habilitation services to help blind or partially sighted people get out and about and help children and their families tackle the challenges of sight loss enabling them to enjoy their childhood and realise their potential as adults.  We also work to break down barriers so that blind or partially sighted people can get out and about on their own terms.

Henry Smith Opticals will be displaying our specialised lenses for AMD

Humanware: For over 30 years Humanware’s inspirational vision has resulted in a range of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions for blind and visually impaired people. The products available for you to try include the ground-breaking BrailleNote Touch, the first google certified braille tablet providing Play Store access. The intuitive Brilliant Braille displays now include the Brailliant 14 and 32, 40 and 80 cells. HumanWare’s low vision product range has also seen some giant leaps in technology. The Connect 12 is a powerful magnifier which also opens the window to an intelligent Android world and also the new explore range of three powerful portable handheld magnifiers which are packed with features and functions. Our product range also includes the popular Victor Reader Stream, the portable book player with internet radio which fits into your pocket and the Victor Reader Stratus, the CD playing Book Reader. For more information on our products please visit www.humanware.com where you can also find out about our interest-free credit or call 01933 415800 for more information.

The Low Vision Clinic aims to help people whose vision cannot be improved with normal glasses or medical treatment. Find out more about magnifying aids and lighting as well as you general condition with the team based at Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford Hospital. Contact: 01733 677021

Macular Society is a national charity that supports people with central vision loss. We provide information and support to improve the lives of people with a macular condition so that no one has to face the condition alone.

Optelec are offering demonstrations of the Traveller HD, a unique and portable reading tablet with a 13-inch widescreen. The unique Slide & Read camera provides a natural reading experience, especially for those that find it difficult to keep their hands steady. The handheld Compact+ HD video magnifier offers a retractable handle, high contrast and powerful magnification in High Definition. Contact 01923 231313, info@optelec.co.uk or http://www.optelec.co.uk

Pamtrad are an independent technical company, not attached to any single manufacturer. This means prices are low and the quality is high with ease of use being a major factor. We are showing new products for people with low sight, text-to-speech reading machines and navigational aids for blind people.

Peterborough Association for the Blind support local blind and partially sighted people and their families through information, advice and social events. Our ultimate aim is to help maintain the quality of life and promote independence for all blind and partially sighted people in the area.

RNIB Whether you’re losing your sight or you’re blind or partially sighted, our practical support, services and products can help you face the future with confidence.

Sight and Sound Technology Ltd are the UK’s leading provider of hardware and software to the blind, visually impaired and those with learning/reading difficulties. We work in unison with private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises. A commitment to continual product refinement and innovation means that our products are simple to set up and easy-to-use. Providing our customers with responsive training/support.  We work in conjunction with our customers/suppliers to ensure that their experiences are factored into products that we develop in combination with our partners, the leading companies in this industry. Tel: 01604 709070; Email: info@sightandsound.co.uk; Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk

Sensory Support Team, Peterborough City Council – two Rehabilitation Officers with long experience, who provide free initial assessment and long-term support, during or after medical intervention at eye clinic. Training (white cane; Braille; daily living skills; technology use; bus travel, etc) and equipment provision to remain as independent as possible, plus signposting advice on all other vision impairment services.

Synapptic design innovative and intuitive technology for people with sight loss, which works on mainstream Smartphones and Tablets. You get all the features you need for everyday tasks, in one neat little bundle. Simple yet intelligent, all our products can be used straight out-of-the-box and come with free UK-based support. Tel 0191 909 7909 or email sales@synapptic.com

Talking Newspapers Peterborough provides a weekly audio version of local news and a monthly magazine for visually impaired people. The service we provide is free of charge apart from a donation for an mp3 player if required. The service we provide is run entirely by volunteers. We have been providing this service in Peterborough for 37 years.

VisionAid Technologies Ltd is a family owned & run business who have been successfully providing solutions to assist partially sighted & blind people since 1996. Our range of over 300 products have been carefully tested & selected from over 30 manufacturers around the world. Our range includes; handheld magnifiers, reading machines, desktop video magnifiers and much more. We pride ourselves on listening carefully to every individual’s specific requirements & understand that trying to select the best product can sometimes seem a daunting task. That’s where our friendly, expert advice & demonstrations really help, do come and see us!

Vivacity libraries provide a Library Link book and talking book service for housebound people and we are also the local contact for providing tape/radio/cd/usb players from British Wireless For The Blind