The internet is a huge source of information and entertainment - but you need to be able to read it.

If you're blind or partially sighted, it's still possible to read websites, whether you're using a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. 

You might need to get some access technology, like a screen reader or a magnifier, to help you use a computer or a laptop to access the Internet. You can choose to go with paid for accessibility software or there are many types of free accessibility software. Or many smartphones (such as iPhones) and computers come with access technology built in and ready to use. There's no extra cost for this. 

You can also change your browser and computer settings so that font sizes and colours suit you better. The BBC's My Web My Way explains how to change settings to suit your level of sight. 

Our technology section has some very useful information that should help you with computers, phones, websites and more. 

Where to get help

Our Technology Support Squad is a team of hundreds of RNIB volunteers throughout the UK ready to help you set up and use your technology, over the phone or with a home visit. Call our Helpline 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk

You can also contact your local Action for Blind People team and speak to a technology coordinator for help and advice or have any questions about technology.

UCanDoIT is a charity teaching blind, deaf and disabled people a range of computer skills including email, the Internet and basic word processing in their own homes.

AbilityNet helps disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Reading services from RNIB

We make it possible for you to get access to books, newspapers and magazines in the format you prefer, whether that’s braille, audio, large print or digital. You can borrow from our library service – the largest of its kind in the UK – or buy from our online shop.

RNIB reading services