Post date: 
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Sandra Wilson

"An almost casual remark in 1978 by someone from RNIB gave me the machine which really did change my life.

"The Optacon (Optical to Tactile Converter) is a battery-operated machine that converts print into tactile letters by moving the camera along the print with one hand and feeling the printed letter with the forefinger of your other. I’d heard of it but thought it was mainly for computer programmers. Optacon training was nine days in London and I can honestly say it was one of the most stimulating things I’ve done. I could read print, check my bills and bank statements, read labels - and be more independent in my job as a careers adviser. While I now read print on the computer with an app (often hitched to a braille display), it all began with the Optacon which pioneered today’s OCRs. I still use it almost every day!"

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