The Peterborough Low Vision Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 23rd September from 10.30am to 3.30pm at the PAB office site, Centre 68, Westgate. This is to the rear of the Westgate church. (PDF map is available to download at the bottom of the page). 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.

Holding the event at the PAB’s city centre premises means we have more floor area for the exhibitors and all of which is at ground level with no steps. The 20% increase in floor space will also allow us to provide onsite refreshments with a dedicated seating area.

The event will help you to find out what local support or social groups there are in Peterborough and to meet new friends and make contacts. The day is aimed at people with low vision but also no vision! There will be a mix of stands to suit everyone including some product stands. Come and see what’s out there to help you keep independent. Below is a list of the exhibitors at this year’s event and you can find out more about each exhibitor at the bottom of the page.

  • Action for Blind People
  • Age UK
  • Calibre
  • Deafblind UK
  • Dolphin
  • Guide Dogs
  • Humanware
  • Macular Society
  • Optelec
  • Optima
  • Pamtrad
  • Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper
  • Peterborough Association for the Blind
  • Peterborough City Hospital – Low Vision Clinic
  • Peterborough Sensory Support
  • Peterborough U3A
  • RNIB
  • Sense
  • Sight and Sound Technology Ltd
  • Vivacity
  • Wireless for the Blind

Getting There:

There will be trained volunteer sighted guides in high-viz jackets outside the Westgate church and at the north end of the bus station which is opposite the church.

No parking is available at the venue so we strongly recommend parking in one of the many city car parks and walking to the office. Click on this link to download the PAB Location Map.

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

Centre 68, 68b Westgate


Detailed exhibitor Information:

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE: Action speaks louder for nearly 30,000 visually impaired people every year, always placing their needs at the heart of everything we do. We support these individuals in many aspects of their lives and help them to find the right services and products they need to live independently. Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages.

AGE UK: Age UK Peterborough is a local charity for older people, we offer a range of services that give practical help and support to enable older people remain independent living in their own homes for as long as possible, as well as offering a free, impartial and confidential Information and Advice service, in addition we have services that help combat social isolation.

CALIBRE: Calibre Audio Library brings the pleasure of reading to people with sight problems, dyslexia or disabilities that prevent them reading print, through a subscription-free postal and streaming service of audio books.

DEAFBLIND UK: Deafblind UK is a national charity offering specialist services and human support to deafblind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired throughout their lives. Our aim is to enable people living with this unique disability to maintain their independence, quality of life and to reduce the isolation that Deafblindness creates.

DOLPHIN: Dolphin Computer Access has been delivering independence to people with visual impairments worldwide since 1986 with Dolphin SuperNova opening up a whole new world of accessibility, allowing visually impaired computer users to access their favourite IT applications in any combination of speech, magnification and Braille whilst Dolphin Guide provides simple talking computing for people with sight loss. Ideal for people who are new to computers, Guide’s simple talking menus allow users to send emails, write letters, scan and read their post, surf the internet and much more.

GUIDE DOGS: We provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. We also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research. If you are blind or partially sighted, a guide dog could change your life. We offer a range of services and activities for children and young people and provide valuable advice for parents and teachers. Our buddy dogs are giving children and young people a vital boost in confidence.

HUMANWARE: In addition to HumanWare’s Braille Technology, GPS and Daisy Talking Book players, we will also be showing the unique and innovative New Prodigi, the replacement of the traditional CCTV. The Prodigi has no clumsy X/Y reading table and also provides speech if required.

MACULAR SOCIETY: The Macular Society has been supporting people with macular conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), juvenile macular dystrophy and myopic macular degeneration for over 25 years. We offer information and support and we fund research to find a cure. Please ask about the working age and seniors’ support groups that meet in Peterborough.

OPTELEC: In addition to the wide range of low vision aids offered by Optelec, demonstrations will be available of the NEW Optelec Compact Touch HD – a handheld video magnifier offering all the benefits of powerful magnification, high contrast and a 5-inch touchscreen. When at home, connect to a television and enjoy reading from a larger screen. Try the Optelec ClearView+ Speech – the first desktop magnifier to offer full text-to-speech reading. Simply use as a powerful magnifier, and if reading becomes too difficult, press a simple button and it reads aloud any printed text displayed on-screen. Demonstrations will be available of the award-winning Optelec ClearReader+.  Simply switch-on, scan a magazine article and start listening in an instant using a choice of naturally sounding voices. Optelec offers a growing family of Braille products including the ALVA Comfort and the Easylink 12 Touch. Demonstrations of any Optelec Braille product must be booked two weeks in advance of the event date by calling Freephone 080 8090 8090

OPTIMA: Optima Low Vision Services Ltd are premiere distributors of Low Vision Aids in the UK. Following many years of experience both as a provider of specialist Low Vision Clinics and training as a leading distributor of equipment, we are able to bring together the most comprehensive range of aids and equipment designed for people with a visual impairment.  Our portfolio now represents the best quality products available, together with the most cost effective pricing policy.  We can provid Low Vision Aids from the simplest hand magnifier to the most sophisticated Video Magnifier and BiOptic Spectacles.

PAMTRAD: An independent company specialising in quality and value products for people with sight problems.  We have many great new products.

Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper: Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper provides a free service to visually impaired people in the Peterborough District. We provide a weekly digital copy of the local news and a monthly magazine. We provide listeners with an mp3 player for their recordings, the postage is free and we also are very happy to come and see potential listeners to set up the service.

PETERBOROUGH ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND: Peterborough Association for the Blind (PAB) has been supporting local visually impaired people and their families for more than 100 years. Our committed team of volunteers, many of whom have first-hand experience of sight loss, are ready to help you in whatever way you need. Losing your sight or knowing someone who is experiencing sight loss can be a difficult time. We are continually working to expand our services to ensure that the impact of sight loss is kept to a minimum. Our regular activities provide the chance to meet others with sight loss, make friends, and share problems and solutions.

Peterborough City Hospital – Low Vision Clinic: 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 your general condition with the team based at PeterboroughCityHospital and StamfordHospital.

Peterborough SENSORY SUPPORT: Peterborough Sensory Support Service is part of Peterborough City Council.  The service provides a holistic assessment service for adults in Peterborough with a visual impairment and provides equipment, instruction, rehabilitation and individual budgets for those who are eligible.  Contact us on 01733 747474 or

PETERBOROUGH U3A: Peterborough U3A is a friendly self-help organisation that gives members an opportunity to enjoy themselves in a relaxed environment. No qualifications are needed and none are given. There is a wide range of activity groups offered which are run by members for members.

RNIB: RNIB sell a wide range of products to help blind and partially sighted people live independently. At Peterborough Low vision day you will have the opportunity to try out and find out about products that are new, firm favourites that you may never have been aware of. You can sign up to New product guide to keep up to date and even find out more about our online shop where you can browse and buy on the day!

SENSE: SENSE is a national charity which supports a wide range of deafblind and multi-sensory-impaired people as well as those who have a single-sensory impairment with additional needs. We provide support to all deafblind people, not just those who receive direct support and services from us.

Sight and Sound Technology Ltd: Sight and Sound Technology has been delivering technology, training, and support for Assistive Technology for over 30 years. We have delivered a variation of literacy support solutions and specialised assistive technology for the visually impaired to more than 10,000 students during that time.   We offer a-one-stop-shop Multi-Sensory proposition and are proud to be the exclusive distributor for some of the world’s leading assistive technology solutions.

VIVACITY: We will be promoting the use of Library Link, which is a free service for housebound people delivering books, story CD’s or mp3’s to their homes. We will also be promoting British Wireless For The Blind, for whom we are an agent. Providing radios and CD players free of charge to people who are registered blind or partially sighted.

WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND: We 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 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.