On 8 April 2019 the National Library of Wales will host a day to raise awareness of the assistance available to those dealing with vision problems inside the home and at the Library.
A number of specialist companies will be exhibiting their equipment at the event, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss with various experienced professionals within the field. Library staff will also be on hand to explain the variety of facilities available at the National Library of Wales to assist readers and researchers.
The companies and societies present at the event will include:
Porth y Gymuned (Welsh for ‘The Community Portal’), a service operated by Ceredigion County Council. It consists of trained members of staff that assist residents of all ages in Ceredigion, by helping them make connections to access support opportunities in their area.
Talking Books Wales produces audio versions of Welsh Language books (talking books). They have a catalogue of more than 1000 titles.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People is a UK charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people dealing with sight loss across Britain.
Dolphin / SuperNova, who create software which allows people with visual impairments and learning difficulties to gain access to computers. They specialise in making products that enable people with varying levels of technological experiences to do everyday things easily on computers and tablets.
Professional Vision Services are designers, manufacturers and retailers of access technology products for the visually impaired. They develop and retail products such as reading machines, braille note takers, magnification and screen reading software, braille translation software, braille embossers and refreshable braille displays.
Calibre Audio Library is a national charity that provides a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.
The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to ease the feelings of loneliness and isolation in those living with sight loss. It does so by providing the joy of sound along with the companionship of radio. The fund (supplies?) specially adapted audio equipment to those who would not usually be able to afford it, on a free loan, to people all across the UK.
Dafydd Pritchard, Access to Collections Manager said:
“We look forward to welcoming individuals, companies and societies to the National Library of Wales as part of this event. It is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the assistance available to those dealing with vision problems. It is important to us that we reflect the diverse needs and aspirations of our readers and visitors and we're glad to be able to say that the National Library of Wales is an inclusive organisation. This event gives us the opportunity to showcase the flexibility of our services which can be accessed and are available to all."
The 'Vision Problem?' event will be held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth between 10am and 2pm on 8 April, and is free of charge.
Elen Haf Jones
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