Wednesday 6 September saw the annual Sight Northeast exhibition at St James Park, Newcastle. It was attended by over 25 different exhibitors, some of them local to the Northeast.
VIEWS, Tyne Sound News, Newcastle Vision Support, Macular Society local group representatives, and RNIB Local and Campaigning teams were among some of the local exhibitors present. They were able to give us information on how they help visually impaired people in the region. Counselling services, in the form of Dandelion Counselling, can provide both telephone based and face-to-face counselling support to cope with their visual impairment on a local level.
Nationally, Sight and Sound, Optelec, RNIB National teams and Envision featured some products that help make life independent. These include: magnifiers; braille note takers; text to speech products; and cctvs all designed to make reading and writing more accessible.
sports groups were not left out as the Northeast Visually Impaired Tennis Club had tennis demonstrations to wet the appetite for sport. They will also be present at an activity day at the Walker Dome in October. We also spoke to someone who not only does blind sailing, but skis, and loves it. He was able to bring home silver at the Chicago sailing competition last year.
The VIP Lounge was also represented by Lianne and myself who were able to spread the word about how, by building confidence, visually impaired people can achieve their goals.
Written by Hazel Hyland and Lianne Mckeon