Coronavirus Vaccine Scam Warning
(14 January 2021 12:00 am)
We have received alerts that there are fraudulent letters and texts circulating Warwickshire from people pretending to be the NHS and asking people to apply for the vaccine to try and gather their personal and payment details.
We would like to remind everybody that the vaccine issued by the NHS is free, and to not respond to any messages or click any links that seem suspicious. If in doubt, ask a friend, relative or carer to assist you.
Please forward any suspicious messages to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate.....
Let's talk about gadgets
(12 January 2021 12:00 am)
It’s amazing the difference a simple thing, like a bump-on attached to your microwave, can make to your cooking isn’t it? Easy, cheap and it works!
But what is available for VIPs in the kitchen at the other end of the market? A lot of talking stuff is the answer!
Washing machines (yes, really), microwaves, jugs, kitchen scales, timers and clocks, thermometers, tin lids and labels to name a few.
Things to consider about talking gadgets are the voice preference, a male/female/electronic, and the volume range.
Talking Kitchen Scales.....
World Braille Day 2021
(4 January 2021 12:00 am)
Every January 4th the World comes together to celebrate World Braille Day.
Celebrated on the same day as founder Louis Braille’s birthday, World Braille day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of braille and the impact it’s had on the lives of thousands of blind and visually impaired people worldwide.
Braille is a tactile reading and writing system that works through readers using their sense of touch on patterns of raised dots with each pattern representing a specific letter/group of letters, word, punctuation or number......
What 3 Words
(30 November 2020 12:00 am)
The world has been divided up into 3 metre squares and each square has been allocated a unique combination of three words. This means that you can navigate to anywhere in the world by knowing its three words. The words can be used for navigation, emergencies and deliveries.
A smart app is available and it can be used to
give you your current location in 3 words in an emergency or just to share with your friends
enter in a location address and then navigate to it via your navigation app
share the precise starting point of an activity
Freeview Play Accessible TV Guide
(24 November 2020 12:00 am)
Freeview’s Accessible TV Guide is now available on channel 555 of internet-connected Freeview Play devices.
It is designed to make it simpler for viewers with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments or hearing loss, to discover and find content more easily.
To use the new Accessibility TV Guide you will need to go to Channel 555 on your Freeview Play connected device, you may have to make sure that your TV is retuned and fully up to date with current channel listings and is connected to the internet.
On your first visit to Channel 555.....
Social Distancing - Don’t Stand so Close to Me
(18 August 2020 12:00 am)
With the introduction of social distancing rules WVS has received a lot of calls from members about how best to conform and still remain independent.
Many of the tools used to keep us apart are visual cues such as markings on the floor, inaccessible signage and eye contact with other people.
Callers have expressed concerns about getting close to people, queuing at shops, linking arms and using public transport. Also questions about using a face mask and touching things. Even with some vision, sticking to social distancing rules is incredibly difficult.....
Beware, E-Scooters are Coming
(17 August 2020 12:00 am)
A recent decision to permit the trialling of rented electric scooters in Birmingham and Coventry has raised a great deal of concern across the local VI community.
Although designed to provide greener travel solutions, the nature of electric vehicles causes problems for people living with sight loss who struggle to hear an approaching vehicle. The fact that e-scooters are small and silent makes them particularly difficult to identify, whilst a proposed top speed of 15.5 mph increases the likelihood of a collision.
Currently, RNIB is asking that.....
TV Licenses for over 75s
(14 July 2020 12:00 am)
Charges for the TV Licence come in on the 1st August 2020 except for those on pension credits or registered severely sight impaired (SSI). Note, people registered sight impaired (SI) do not qualify.
Who will pay from 1 August?
When the rule change comes in, free TV licenses will only be available for over-75s who receive pension credit.
More than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from the 1st August.
TV Licensing will soon be writing directly to over 75s customers with clear guidance, highlighting that no.....
The Sight Test Revolution on the High Street
(9 July 2020 12:00 am)
The last few decades have seen rapid changes in the way UK patients access eye tests. Just 20-30 years ago, the typical visit to a high street optician would include a basic test and, if you were experiencing specific issues with your vision, the optician may have used an ophthalmoscope to examine the back of your eye. In essence, you would not visit an optician unless you were experiencing problems with your sight.
Fortunately, high street sight tests have now been completely revolutionised through technological advances. During a standard visit.....