Happy Centenary Ian Karten from Vision North Somerset

To celebrate the Centenary of Ian Karten’s birth, we are launching the Ian Karten Charitable Trust’s website. The website celebrates Ian’s life, vision and legacy.

Over 500 blind and partially sighted people living in North Somerset have benefitted from our own Karten Digital project funded by the Trust since 2014.

Here is a video explaining how the project has helped visually impaired people access technology training.

To find out more about the Karten Trust’s work, visit the new website: www.iankartencharitabletrust.org.uk

Want to find out more about technology? Get in touch with our Technology Officer, Jo Healy, by giving us a call: 01934 419393

Tech Ability Conference 2020

Jo Healy, our Technology Advisor, was asked to produce a short video for the conference about using technology, with sight loss, during the Pandemic. She decided to focus on Video conferencing.

Many participants at the conference come from specialist, further educational colleges, so the video was created with students in mind.

You can watch Jo’s video below.

A Big Thank You to National Lottery Players

On Thursday 19th November 2020, together with thousands of other people and organisations, Vision North Somerset posted crossed finger selfies across social media to say a massive collective thank you to the National Lottery players for their colossal contribution to good causes across the UK.

Throughout the day we shared photos of staff and quotes from service users celebrating the life changing work we are able to offer because of National Lottery funding.

Tips for Social Distancing

Our Rehabilitation Officer, Martin Rees, has put together some top tips on social distancing with sight loss. Polly runs through these tips in our video: Tips for Social Distancing

Tip 1: Let others know you can’t see how far away they are

Others may expect you to move for them. If you can’t see them, it’s likely that you won’t move. You can also ask someone how far away they are; they may get the hint and move if they’re too close. It’s still easy to forget at times. If you’re confident, you could ask the person to keep to 2m away because you cannot see to judge the distance for yourself.

Tip 2: Ensure you have everything you need before going out

If you have a cane, use it when it might be needed, e.g. in crowded areas, while crossing at pedestrian crossings, or while being guided. Keep canes / badges / ID with you even if you don’t use them. There may be an instance where you need to prove you have a visual impairment because you ‘don’t look visually impaired’. Others can then social distance appropriately.

Tip 3: Take control

Let others move out of the way of you. If you’re unsure of other people’s movements, you could also stop and let them move around you. It’s important that you keep your bearings and avoid getting disorientated.

Tip 4: Public transport

Try to ring ahead for assistance and information on their social distancing rules. Wash your hands after using any cane. Disinfect handles and tips after using them.