Friday, August 12, 2016

Assistive Technology in Exeter

Action for Blind People

Action for Blind People run monthly sessions giving advice and guidance to help make laptops, tablets or mobile phones more accessible.

These sessions take place at Devon in Sight ( in Topsham.

The address is:
Station House
Holman Way

The sessions are run by Darren Walker.  He is an Action for Blind People Technology Co-ordinator.

Hour long sessions can be booked by ringing Darren on 07834612789 or e-mailing

Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand is an assistive technology designed to help individuals with autism.

Brain in Hand enables the user to access detailed personalised support from their phones. Users and their supporters can monitor usage, trends and the success of particular interventions from a secure website.

The service aims to build confidence in users so that they can be more independent and to open up new possibilities for them in daily life, education and work.

Brain in Hand Ltd
The Innovation Centre
University of Exeter

Devon in Sight

Devon in Sight is a local charity providing help and advice to people affected by sight loss.

They advise on a range of equipment to help people to manage at home. They have a stock of some items and can also order equipment for delivery.  This includes:

Talking clocks and watches

From the Talking Communiclock to solar powered radio controlled watches; a range of timepieces, some with easy to see clear large faces.

Mobiles and Telephones

Corded and cordless phones and mobiles with features such as big buttons, speed dial and talking keys.

Exeter University

Exeter University enables priority access to rooms for students who are registered with the University’s AccessAbility team. This team are a part of the Wellbeing Services offered by the University.

AccessAbility is for students who experience a range of issues including:
·      Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia;
·      Mental Health difficulties (in conjunction with the Mental Health team);
·      Asperger’s syndrome or autistic spectrum disorder;
·      Physical disabilities;
·      Blind or visual impairment;
·      Deaf or hearing impairment;
·      Long term medical conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or arthritis.

The computers available in the rooms have software such as:
·      Speech Recognition – Dragon Naturally Speaking
·      Text to Voice – Free-speech and Text-help Read and Write Gold
·      Braille DBT Reader
·      Mind Mapping – Inspiration Pro
·      Screen Reading – Jaws 14

See the AccessAbility rooms at:

Information on AccessAbility at:

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