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Links to Health, Welfare, Social and Charity Sites.

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Finally please note, that although this is a UK based website many English speaking people from all over the world visit the site and suggest links that may be useful to others. So whilst some links provide support that is country specfic; quite often the information provided knows no boundaries. It might also spur others on to start up something similar in their own locality.

Government Sites

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Microsoft, Google and Apple Accessibility Telephone and Support details

1 Microsoft Accessibility helpline 0800 026 0584. Screen reader friendly telephone number format, 0 8 0 0 0 2 6 0 5 8 4.
2 The email address for Google is Google Disability Support
- More information on Google accessibility can be found at Google Accessibility Blog
3 Apple’s Accessibility and assistive technology support number 0800 048 0754. Screen reader friendly telephone number format, 0 8 0 0 0 4 8 0 7 5 4.

Disaster and Emergency Information Sites

Natural climate patterns, as well as climate change can result in unexpected weather conditions. Should you ever find yourself heading into a natural disaster such as a Winter Storm, Wildfire or Earthquake etc, then the links below may help you to be more prepared for these events. The unexpected can happen at anytime, at Home, Work, when visiting Friends or on Holiday.

First six links below kindly suggested by Patricia Sarmiento.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
Earthquake Proof Your Home: How to Prepare Your Home and Property for an Earthquake
The Ultimate Guide to Wildfire Safety
Hurricane Safety Checklists
Disaster Preparedness for Livestock
Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

Link 7 below suggested by Mark, one of Rachel's students at Rachel is an Outreach Coordinater at
Avoiding Personal Injury – Fire Safety at Home has all of the resources you need for any storm headed your way.
Slope Hound US site providing the Complete Guide to Preventing and Surviving Avalanches.

UK only
10 Disasters Emergency Committee. The DEC – UK Disasters Emergency Committee.
The DEC brings together 13 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries.
By working together we can raise more money to save lives and rebuild shattered communities.

Charity Sites

RNIB Connect
3 RNIB online today RNIB Online
4 RNIB online today resources RNIB Online Resources - More information can be found at Insight Radio
5 RNIB bookshare RNIB Bookshare
6 RNIB overdrive RNIB Overdrive
RNIB Connect
Warwickshire Vision Support
Citizens Advice Bureau
10 Macular Society
11 Blind Rocks Empowering the blind throughout the world, via various forms of art!
12 deafblind UK - deafblind information and advice line 0800 132 320.
- Screen reader friendly telephone number format, 0 8 0 0 0 4 8 0 7 5 4.
- deafblind Engagement Officer: Marie Whitfield 0784 1045 117 Email: Marie Whitfield
13 America Foundation for the blind Learn NVDA.
14 BRITISH WIRELESS FUND FOR THE BLIND Living with sight loss can be lonely and isolating, causing many to revert into themselves only making this issue worse. The British Wireless for the Blind Fund aims to ease these feelings by providing the joy of sound along with the companionship of radio.

Sites addressing Welfare needs

Aging in place Logo
Aging In Place: National Council for Aging Care You are never too old to become a volunteer, visit this link and learn how volunteering has helped others. This organisation is based in the USA but if you do not live in the USA the data presented here might give you some ideas of your own to pursue in your own locality.

2 Health and Well being (Warwickshire)
3 Warwickshire Welfare Rights
Consumer Safety Logo
4 CONSUMER SAFETY GUIDE US Based Consumer Safety Guide has been setup to keep the public educated and informed of consumer product safety information involving products that are currently on the market.

Sites addressing Health Care needs

Rehab for Alcoholism Logo
Rehab 4 Alcoholism Rehab 4 Alcoholism is a free and impartial helpline for people troubled with drug and alcohol issues. Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late. Tel: 0800 111 4108

Primrose Lodge Logo
Primrose Lodge Free advice: helpline and website. Identifying and providing care and support for both individuals and the families of those suffering from addiction.

Sanctuary Lodge Logo
Sanctuary Lodge Sanctuary Lodge is the UK’s most complete cutting-edge treatment facility, and is based on the combined knowledge of the UK’s most experienced and respected addiction treatment counsellors and practitioners. It is quite simply the most effective place to get well from addiction and other cognitive and behavioural conditions.

Alcohol Treatment Logo
Alcohol Treatment Net is a U.S based organization dedicated to helping individuals seek recovery from alcohol addiction. Speak to one of there treatment specialists to learn more about alcohol rehab centers, treatment options, insurance, and more.

Detox Rehabs Logo
Detox Rehabs Organisation is a US based organization that offer an extensive list of detox centers, rehab programs and treatment facilities to choose from. Take the time to view their list of resources throughout the US, the list is updated regularly.

Rehab Center Logo has compiled an extensive directory of drug and alcohol rehab centers located throughout the United States. Take a look at their site to locate Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs by State.

Rehab for addiction Logo
Rehab 4 Addiction Rehab 4 Addiction is a free information source covering topics such as addiction, health and lifestyle. Rehab 4 Addiction works closely with rehabilitation centres and outpatient clinics throughout the United Kingdom and the admissions team match a patients’ addiction with an appropriately placed rehabilitation centre. Why not contact us to see how we can help.

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Delphi Health Group US based Delphi Behavioral Health Group was formed to take on the mission of treating addiction at its core. They believe that through personalized treatment in intimate settings, they can provide those suffering from substance abuse with the tools to start a journey of long-lasting recovery. They believe no one should have to battle addiction alone. They know how hard it is to choose a treatment center that’s right for you. That’s why their dedicated staff is committed to helping you find a treatment program that is ideal for your individual needs, visit their site link for more information.

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drugwatch US site providing very useful information on internationally available prescribe drugs. Whether they come in the form of a pill, injection or intravenous infusion, drugs and biologics are meant to better patients’ quality of life by keeping them healthy. While these medicines provide a benefit for many patients, they are not safe for everyone. It’s critical consumers know the risks associated with these medicines, so that they can make informed decisions about their health care.

Educational plus teaching Sites

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Hadley The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower people to thrive – at home, at work and in their communities. Receive specially-designed course materials in the medium of your choice—braille, large print, audio and online. Site kindly proposed by Mark Healy: Technology for Life - Team Leader, Northern England and Scotland

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Perkins School Perkins School for Blind eLEARNING - Excellent Site
Diane Brauner YouTube videos Diane Brauner's teaching video demonstrates using the drag and split tap gestures to type using the on-screen keyboard.

Social Sites

The Accessible Friends Network (Really great social network for those with sight impairment)
TAFN Radio (24 hr Radio)
RNIB Connect Radio (24 hr Radio)
4 Able Radio (24 hr Radio)
5 Out-Of-Sight A group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our computers, iPhones, and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialise on their own internet TeamTalk server.
6 Facebook Sight Loss Family Support group The Sight Loss Family Support group’s aims, are to support family and friends of a person who has sight loss. This peer to peer support group is for the sighted family members to join. For more info please follow the link.

Assisted Travel and Holiday Sites

Altogether Travel Altogether Travel was established in 2011. The company was founded by Stephen Chalmers who has a wealth of experience in social care, his aim was to create the UK’s first supported Travel Company. (Submitted by Cathryn H)

Products and Services

Able Net Able Net is a world leader in assistive technology, curriculum, and services to help individuals with disabilities lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Ability Net AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education.
Enabling devices A site which aims at developing affordable learning and assistive devices for people with disabilities
RJ Cooper Store A site which focuses on creating, adapting, researching, assessing, and helping to implement special needs technology.
TECLA Portable assistive devices for people with disabilities.
Be My Eyes This is an Apple app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.
BBC Accessibility BBC my web my way, Making the Web easier to use.
Bizviznet The aim of this site will be used to provide an opportunity for blind and visually impaired people, and those who provide products and services to access this community, a platform to advertise and promote their businesses.
Audio Description Organisation The Audio Description Association (ADA) works to raise the standard and profile of audio description nationwide, supporting audio describers and facilitating a quality service for blind and partially sighted people.
10 OXSIGHT Visionary Technology OXSIGHT Crystal glasses can enhance the remaining sight for individuals with a visual impairment. Fitted with a camera streaming a live feed into two HD video displays, placed in front of your area of useable vision. This can potentially increase your field of view to 68 degrees horizontally. OXSIGHT have worked in partnership with leading global players from both the sight impaired community and the technology sector. These include Google, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs Association, The University of Oxford, NIHR i4i and The Royal Academy of Engineering. Please visit their site link for more information on their amazing and innovative product.

11 SUNU Using radar and augmented reality, Sunu Band enables people who are low vision and blind to travel with confidence. Advanced haptic feedback guides your way around any obstacle, and navigation sensors connect you to the world that’s around you.
12 BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE BLINN Bumblebee New Bumblebee Android based Tablets from British Wireless for the blind.

Wheelchair Accessibility

1 Accessible Planet A to Z of everything ‘wheelchair accessible’

Mighty Goods traveling luggage specialists Logo
2 MightyGoods Interesting and inspiring reviews from (8 Wheelchair Travellers share how they Pack and Travel all over the world). provide very thorough advice on a wide range of luggage for all types of travel.

Practical considerations for making homes more accessible

Links below suggested by Steve Johnson at the

1 A guide to Room-by-Room Repairs for Easy Accessibility for Disabled Loved Ones.
2 20 Home Modifications for People With Vision Loss.
3 Contrast and Color.
4 Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with sight loss.
5 Creating Accessible Kitchens for the Visually Impaired.
6 Childproofing Your Home for a Child with Vision Impairment - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)
7 Accessible Entertaining Making Sure Your Disabled Guests Feel Safe and Welcome in Your Home - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)

Garden design for the Visually Impaired

1 Dengarden How to Design a Sensory Garden for the Blind or Visually Impaired. - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)

Preparing Visually Impaired Children for Daycare

1 CHLA Guidance from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles: Preparing a Visually Impaired Child for Daycare. - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)

Websites focusing on the Working Environment

1 National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment Legal Requirements of Hiring a Person with a Visual Impairment. - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)
2 Perkins School for the Blind Workplace Accommodations. - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)
3 VisionAware Setting Up the Home Office After Vision Loss. - Submitted by Jillian Day (U.S.A.)

Useful Apps

Say no to 0870 A way to reduce some of your 0870 calls. Also available in App store. (Submitted by Mark R)
WeQ4U Puts you through to UK 01,02,03 and 08 numbers for FREE, without queueing. (Submitted by Mark R)
Bespecular FREE: iOS and Android. VIP’s photo & question are sent to our BeSpecular community of sightlings. Those sightlings who are available can reply to the VIP via the BeSpecular app with a voice or text message.
Airpoly FREE: iOS and Android. Accessibility app made to help the blind and visually impaired explore the world and identify objects in real time.
iDentify FREE: iOS. Uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo, and is able to recognize virtually any object, brand, colour, facial expression, handwriting and text, and subsequently deliver an audible description of the image’s contents to the user.
Be My Eyes FREE: iOS. Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video call.
Tap Tap See FREE: iOS. The app utilizes the device’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.
Cam find FREE: iOS and Android. CamFind allows you to do an online search by simply taking a photo of an object.
KNFB Reader 2018 - £99.99 iOS, Android and Windows. KNFB Reader takes a photo of text and then reads it aloud in clear synthetic speech.
10 Kindle FREE: iOS, Android, PC and Mac. This fully accessible app enables you to turn your iPhone or iPad into a Kindle and carry all your eBooks with you.
11 Blindfold Greeting Card Free: (up to 10 cards) iOS. Blindfold Greeting Card is an e-card app for sending audio cards to your friends and family.
12 Audible iOS, Android and Windows (First month free then 2018 - £7.99 per month). Audible is an audio book service brought to you by Amazon. It has all the best sellers as well as classics, non-fiction and much more, professionally narrated by actors.
13 Able Road FREE: iOS and Android. AbleRoad connects people with accessible businesses, allowing you to locate, rate and review them. AbleRoad reviews hotels, restaurants, shops, theatres and other venues, giving details of their level of accessibility for people with sensory and physical disabilities. It uses your phone’s GPS to show businesses in your location.
14 Blind Bargains FREE: iOS. Blind Bargains is a great source for the latest deals and news for the visually impaired community.
15 Digit-Eyes What is Digit-Eyes? Digit-Eyes is a unique iPhone app that enables people who are visually-impaired or who have problems reading to identify items using their iPhone, iPod or iPad. Digit-Eyes reads manufacturer's UPC and EAN code and tells you the product name -- and often the full description, usage instructions and ingredients -- in 10 languages. Using Digit-Eyes, inexpensive off-the-shelf office supplies and a standard inkjet or laser printer, you'll be able to record audio labels or make text labels that are read aloud by your phone.
16 Prizmo 2018 - £9.99 iOS. Prizmo is a photo-based scanner app that lets you scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG.
17 Blind Abilities FREE: iOS and Android. Blind Abilities pulls together podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility and technologies and products for people with sight loss.

Apps available from App Store or Playstore

 Playstore Google Playstore.
 Appstore Apple Appstore.

1 FREE: iOS and Android. App name, Color ID. Color ID By GreenGar StudiosColour indentifier. Colour identification.
2 iOS. App name, Light Detector. Light DetectorTransforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound.
3 FREE: iOS. App name, Magnifying Glass with Light. Magnifying Glass with Light This app enables the user to very simply magnify text or objects up to 10x.
4 2018 - £25.99 iOS. App name, DAISY Talk. DAISY Talk. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an international standard for digital books designed for people with print disabilities. DAISY Talk is an app that reads out text of a DAISY book using a synthesized voice incorporated into an iOS device.
5 FREE: iOS and Android. Station Alert UK The app allows you to select a station from a list of stations and save some as favorites. Choose your alert range and be ready to get down at your station
6 FREE: iOS and Android. App name, ATM Finder. Blind Abilities This fully accessible app was developed with the Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) to enable visually impaired people to locate Link ATMs more easily.
7 FREE: iOS. App name, Access Note. AccessNote AccessNote is highly efficient, with a lot of additional features compared to other note taking apps, making it invaluable for visually impaired users in the classroom or business environment.
8 FREE: iOS. App name, Seeing AI. Seeing AI Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.
9 2018 - £1.99 iOS. App name, Light Detector. Light Detector Light Detector transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound. Light Detector is easy to use! Just run the application and point your iPhone camera in any direction. You will hear a higher or lower sound depending on the intensity of the light.
10 FREE: iOS and Android. CamFind visual search The world's first successful mobile visual search engine, allows you to search for anything from your mobile phone just by taking a picture.
11 FREE: iOS. Magnifying Glass with light This free app comes in handy when you find yourself in a dimly lit restaurant, squinting at tiny print on your menu. Point your iPhone's camera at the text, move the on-screen slider, and you'll have large, easy-to-read text in no time.
12 2018 - £29.99 iOS. Daisey Talk DAISY Talk is an application that reads out text of a DAISY book using synthesized voice incorporated into iOS devices, such as iPhone or iPad.
13 2018 - £99 iOS, Android and Windows. KNFB Reader KNFB Reader converts printed text to speech or Braille instantly and accurately. It features the best OCR (optical character recognition) technology available and uses patented image detection technology to quickly and easily detect and decipher printed text anywhere, anytime.
14 FREE: iOS and Windows. Seeing AI A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects
15 FREE: iOS (For first 10 cards). Blindfold Greeting Card Blindfold Greeting Card is a fully accessible e-card app for sending audio cards to your friends and family.
16 2018 - £40 iOS. Blind Square BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the blind with their daily lives. It has been developed in collaboration with blind people and carefully field tested. You need either an iPhone or an iPad to get started. It also supports some additional accessories to enhance the experience.
17 FREE: iOS and Android. LINK ATM Locator ATMs at your fingertips - the LINK App is the easy way for you to access cash on the move. Use our locator to find and get directions to your nearest ATM. LINK is the largest network of ATMs in the UK with over 70,000 cash machines connected - effectively every ATM in the UK.
18 2018 - £7.99 per month: iOS and Android. Audible That book you’ve been meaning to read? Try downloading it as an audiobook. All the best sellers are here as well as classics, non-fiction and much more. Gone are the days of books on tape or abridged CDs. These are professionally narrated by the world’s best actors and performers.
19 FREE: iOS (Upgrade 2018 - £9.99) Digit Eyes Digit-Eyes reads manufacturer's barcodes and tells you the product name. In some cases it will give you a full description, usage instructions and ingredients. You can also record your own audio labels or make text labels that are read aloud by your phone, so that you know the difference between a can of dog food and a can of soup!
20 2018 - £9.99 iOS Prizmo Scanner Prizmo is a photo-based scanner app that lets you scan and recognize text documents, business cards, and images, and then export them as PDF/Text, vCard, or JPEG/PNG. It supports multiple documents, has loads of great features and works really well with VoiceOver.
21 FREE: iOS and Android. Blind Abilities Blind Abilities pulls together podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility and technologies and products for people with sight loss. They interview developers, users and advocates in the world of visual impairment and share experiences and offer advice when needed.
22 FREE: iOS. Looktel VoiceOver Tutorial This app provides a basic introduction to VoiceOver and the gestures used throughout iOS.
23 FREE: iOS. Microsoft Soundscape Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings.

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