Qualcomm Foundation

Qualcomm Foundation and Qualcomm Incorporated and RNIB began a partnership together in 2008, and this relationship has grown and proven to be successful and long lasting.

Qualcomm has awarded us five extremely generous grants totalling just over £240,000. In addition, several employees took part in the London Marathon and have immersed themselves in other volunteering opportunities since the partnership began.

The grants have enabled us to:

  • Produce 140 tactile images for use in curriculum based books for blind and partially sighted children. These images cover 20 subject areas, including Food Technology, Geography, ICT, Maths and Science.
  • Publish 90 new Giant Print children's book titles for RNIB's National Library Service. RNIB have the largest collection of accessible books for blind and partially sighted people of all ages and we currently have over 2,000 Giant Print borrowers benefiting from this service.
  • Recruit five unemployed blind or partially sighted people to our Trainee Grade Scheme. Over a period of 50 weeks, these great opportunities provide a vast range of benefits to the recipients, including paid employment for their CVs. The two current trainees work on our Hi Tech information line and Digital Accessibility Team responding to the ever growing number of enquiries about technology that can help visually impaired people in their day to day lives. 

"It has been a real privilege to work with RNIB over a number of years and to bring to fruition multiple projects which are making a real difference to the lives of many blind and visually impaired people. RNIB has a great track record of applying technology in innovative ways to advantage others, and this resonates strongly with our own culture and values."

Yvonne Scorer, Senior Director of Human Resources, Qualcomm