Tech shown love at Camelon Sensory Centre

Gordon McNeil from Denny being taught some tricks of technology by digital skills officer Ian Stevenson

Gordon McNeil from Denny being taught some tricks of technology by digital skills officer Ian Stevenson

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Love Technology Day aimed to show that modern-day tech is for everyone, including those partially sighted.

Blind members of the community were invited to Forth Valley Sensory centre in Camelon where experts were on hand to help them get online.

One stall available was Online Today, a group which helps people gain skills that allow them to enjoy the benefits of being online and understand how it can help with everyday living.

Caroline Macleod, who joined the project in April, was showing people the tricks to getting online even if they suffer from sight problems.

She explained how many Apple and Android tablets, like the Ipad and Galaxy Tab, include accessibility options that make it easier for people to use the devices.

“In the settings menu in most devices, there is an accessibility menu. In here there is a variety of different aids like a zoom feature for those who struggle with small writing.”

There is also an option to have a voice speak back anything you type or touch on the screen. 
Marc Bozza, resource centre manager, said: “We are here to help people with sight loss and by having sessions like this we hope more people will understand we are here to help. From benefits to advice and support, we are here to help people in a variety of ways.”