Report on North Wales Vision Showcase

On Tuesday, May 16th, Mark and Natalie attended the North Wales Vision Showcase event, held at Venue Cymru Exhibition and Performing Arts Centre in Llandudno, North Wales. The event was organised by North Wales Society For The Blind and Vision Support and was supported by RNIB Cymru, Wales Council For The Blind and Arriva Buses Wales.

The event was attended by:

  • North Wales Society for The Blind
  • RNIB Cymru
  • Vision Support
  • Wales Council for The Blind
  • Macular Society
  • Guide Dogs Cymru
  • Wales Talking Books
  • Age UK Wales
  • Calibre Audio Library
  • North Wales Fire and Rescue
  • North Wales Police Diversity Unit
  • Arriva Buses Wales
  • Conwy County Borough Council
  • Optelec Limited
  • RNIB Digital Inclusion Team
  • Enhanced Vision Europe Limited
  • Humanware Europe Limited
  • Associated Optical
  • Dolphin Computer Access
  • Professional Vision Services
  • Orcam (UK) Ltd
  • Talking Newspaper Services Limited
  • Aberconwy Talking Newspapers
  • Sight and Sound Technology Limited
  • RNIB
  • Care & Repair Gwynedd & Anglesey
  • UCAN Productions
  • JARIK Staffs
  • Royal Voluntary Services
  • Blind Veterans UK
  • Living Paintings
  • Francesca Clark Opticians
  • Stroke Association
  • Disability Sport Wales
  • Plus many smaller Arts, Crafts and Food exhibitors

Many of the exhibitors above were interviewed for The VIP Lounge’s flagship news and information radio show, The Coffee Bar, which airs weekdays between 11 am and 1 pm.

It was a very interesting event that was well attended by local Visually Impaired people from across North Wales and beyond, and feedback was good from exhibitors and visitors.

However, I was disappointed to be declined an interview by the representative from Enhanced Vision, who was more concerned to lose potential clients instead of getting free publicity for her company, Also, the brochure she has given me is not very readable, and makes no mention of prices, which some of the companies interviewed were more than willing to explain costs of products on display.

We did see all of the exhibitors we wanted to see, also# there were no lengthy queues, and we also got to explain to a lot of the exhibitors about The VIP Lounge.

There was lots of accessible technology there, from the MyEye by Orcam to the Mercury by JARIKStaffs that is a video magnifier that also contains Text To Speech, also it was great to see so many kinds of magnifiers, ranging from the small handheld magnifiers that fit in your pocket to full size desk magnifiers and everything in between, It was good to find out too what services were offered by the different organisations such as Talking Newspapers Limited, Macular Society and Wales Council For The Blind.

Natalie, my wife said: “I thought the event was good, I enjoyed having a demonstration of the Orcam, getting to find out about the Talking Newspapers and about the Talking Books schemes”

Attending the event also gave us ideas for our Low Vision assessments which we had later that afternoon.

Written by Mark and Natalie Jones

Here are Nathan and Mason from Guide Dogs Cymru with Huw from ATN at the Showcase evvent