08 November 2011

Technology to help blind or visually-impaired people and those with other reading difficulties will be demonstrated at drop-in sessions taking place at Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries this month.

The sessions will be an opportunity for people to have a go at using the technology as well as watch demonstrations of the equipment and computer software by Northampton-based company Sight and Sound Technology.

Sight and Sound Technology (www.sightandsound.co.uk) supply computer equipment for blind and partially-sighted people as well as people with reading difficulties such as dyslexia. They specialise in developing and supplying accessibility solutions such as screen-reading software, hand-held and desk-mounted magnifiers and text-scanning equipment.

The drop-in sessions are taking place at:

  • Hunsbury Library on Friday 11th November from 9am to 6pm
  • Wellingborough Library on Friday 18th November from 8am to 6pm.

Cabinet member for customer services Councillor Heather Smith said: “Our libraries contain enormous amounts of useful information and resources but sometimes people with visual impairment or conditions like dyslexia can struggle to obtain the best from what’s on offer. These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for local residents to find out how the computer equipment and software offered by Sight and Sound Technology can make a real difference.”

Glenn Tookey, CEO Sight and Sound Technology Ltd commented “Libraries offer an amazing source of rich information free of charge, but so often those who have either vision or literacy challenges don’t venture out to use these great facilities. We are therefore delighted to be working in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council to remove these barriers and show people just how our solutions can enable them to access the wide range of information and services available.”