At our PhoneWatch event we will be introducing you to the smartphones sold on the high street that come with built in features which make smartphones accessible to use if you are blind or partially sighted. These features are known as accessibility features and can include a screen reader, magnification, large text and high contrast.
'The new Kindle Fire HDX features an in-built screen magnification function for partially sighted users, which you can access instantly in order to help you set up the device.'
The Nokia Pocket Magnifier app is an OCR reader which allows you to use your phones camera as a handheld magnifier. You can point at an object or text and it will be displayed on your devices screen for you to magnify. You are also able to take an image of what you are looking at save it and magnify it later on.
A website that's dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities.
Bus UK is an app that allows you to find the nearest bus stops, the times of the next buses and the next bus stop while travelling on the bus.
TV Help is a website that provides a list of the audio described TV programmes and films that broadcast on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat.
WebAIM have published the results of their fifth screen reader survey, showing the trends that have changed in screen reader use.
The Hailo app has been reviewed by James from London from the perspective of a partially sighted user. This app has not been tested with the VoiceOver screen reader that is built into the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Metro Blind Sport is a sports and social club for blind and partially sighted people. Metro's activities are primarily London based but they do offer sports activity holidays abroad. The main sports organised by Metro are athletics, bowls, cricket and tennis.
A new update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has some great improvements for people with low vision.