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Latest mobile phones and what they offer the visually impaired

Duration:
20 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 03 January 2012

What the new generation of phones and smartphones is offering blind and visually impaired people. Lee Kumutat and Geoff Adams-Spink look at the push for accessibility of mainstream phones by manufacturers and designers.

With touch screens, voice activation and Apps to help you customised your phone - there are tips on what mobile technology can offer people of all ages. And if you're thinking of purchasing or upgrading your phone there's plenty of advice on offer from the RNIB's Robin Spinks about what to think about before you buy.

Presenter Peter White
Producer Cheryl Gabriel.

  • USEFUL LINKS 03-01-2012

    The mobile network and phone providers mentioned in the programme:

    Vodafone:
    www.vodafone.co.uk
    General enquiries: 08080 408 408

    O2:
    www.o2.co.uk
    General enquiries: 08442 02 02 02

    Orange:
    www.orange.co.uk
    Customer Enquiries: 0844 873 8586

    T-Mobile
    www.t-mobile.co.uk
    Customer enquiries: 0845 412 5000

    The phone brands or manufacturers mentioned on the programme:

    Ericsson:
    www.sonyericsson.com
    Customer Enquiries: 08705 237 237

    HTC
    www.htc.com
    Customer Enquiries: 0845-890-0079

    Nokia:
    www.nokia.co.uk

    The Nokia phone models mentioned in the programme were:
    Nokia C5
    http://www.nokia.co.uk/gb-en/products/phone/c5-00/
    Nokia 700
    http://www.nokia.co.uk/gb-en/products/phone/700/
    Nokia 701 – not available in the UK at this time.
    Customer Enquiries: 0845 0455555

    For information about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich:
    http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/android/GT-I9250TSAXEU

    The screen Readers featured on the programme:
    To download the free Nokia Screenreader visit:
    http://store.ovi.com/content/224364?clickSource=search&pos=1

    Talks Screen Reader and Magnification software:
    http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-solution/talks-zooms/index.htm

    Talk Back for Google Android 4.0:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback&hl=en

    For information about Explore By Touch for Android 4.0:
    http://www.apps4android.org/?p=2821

    For information on VoiceOver for IPhone:
    http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision.html

    Information about the RNIB Phone Watch events:
    http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/vision.htmlhttp://www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss/computersphones/updates/techknowmore/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?id=61


    PROGRAMME ADDRESS
    IN TOUCH
    BBC Radio 4
    Room 5045
    Broadcasting House
    London
    W1A 1AA
    Email: intouch@bbc.co.uk
    Web: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/intouch.shtml


    Follow ouch / twitter pages, for disability news and watch out for posts from 'In Touch'.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/


    RNIB
    105 Judd Street
    London
    WC1H 9NE
    Helpline: 0303 123 9999 (Monday to Friday 8.45am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm)
    Tel: 020 7388 1266 (switchboard/overseas callers)
    Web: www.rnib.org.uk
    The RNIB provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem. They not only provide Braille, Talking Books and computer training, but imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.
    They campaign to eliminate avoidable sight loss and support research into the causes and latest treatments of eye conditions.


    RNIB National Library Service
    PO Box 173
    Peterborough
    PE2 6WS
    RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999
    Email: library@rnib.org.uk
    RNIB National Library Service is the largest specialist library in the UK for readers with sight loss, with over 40,000 titles


    NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
    Sir John Wilson House
    215 Kirkgate
    WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire
    WF1 1JG
    Tel: 01924 291313
    Fax: 01924 200244
    Website: http://www.nfbuk.org/
    The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFB) was founded in 1947 by blind and partially sighted people and is an independent, non political, self help campaigning pressure group and registered charity. Today it is still run by blind and partially sighted people.


    HENSHAWS SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
    Henshaws North East 0191 275 9417
    Henshaws North West 0161 872 1234
    Henshaws Yorkshire 01423 886 451
    Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre Knaresborough 01423 541888
    Henshaws College Harrogate 01423 886 451
    Web: www.henshaws.org.uk
    Henshaws Society For The Blind works in the North of England, enabling people living with visual impairments and other disabilities to build the skills and independence they need, to get the future they want.
    They give expert care, advice and training to anyone affected by sight loss, right where it's needed most. They also work with people with learning disabilities. And because all of this affects family, friends and colleagues, they work with them too.
    They work in the north of England, with centres and communities in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle, Harrogate and Knaresborough.


    THE GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND ASSOCIATION (GDBA)
    Burghfield Common
    Reading
    RG7 3YG
    Tel: 0118 983 5555
    Email: guidedogs@guidedogs.org.uk
    Web: www.guidedogs.org.uk
    The GDBA’s mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people.


    ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE
    Action for Blind People and RNIB have brought together their helpline services, giving you access to an even wider source of knowledge and expertise, all from a single number. Get in touch with your local Action team by calling the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk
    Web: www.afbp.org
    Action for Blind People is one of the largest charities in the UK providing free and confidential support for blind and partially sighted people in all aspects of their lives.


    NATIONAL LEAGUE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED
    Central Office
    Swinton House
    324 Grays Inn Road
    London
    WC1X 8DD
    Tel: 020 7837 6103
    Textphone: 020 7837 6103
    National League of the Blind and Disabled is a registered trade union and is involved in all issues regarding the employment of blind and disabled people in the UK.


    EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
    Promotes equality and human rights, and creates a fairer Britain, by providing advice and guidance, working to implement an effective legislative framework and raising awareness of your rights.
    Their helpline is here to give information and guidance on discrimination and human rights issues.

    Helpline (England)
    0845 604 6610 - England main number
    Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm

    Helpline (Wales)
    0845 604 8810 - Wales main number
    Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm

    Helpline (Scotland)
    0845 604 5510 - Scotland Main
    Monday - Friday 8:00 am-6:00 pm

    Web: www.equalityhumanrights.com/


    DISABLED LIVING FOUNDATION
    380-384 Harrow Road
    London
    W9 2HU
    Helpline: 0845 130 9177
    Web: www.dlf.org.uk
    DLF is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on daily living aids


    THRIVE
    The Geoffrey Udall Centre
    Beech Hill
    Reading RG7 2AT
    Tel: 0118 988 5688
    Email: info@thrive.org.uk
    www.thrive.org.uk
    www.carryongardening.org.uk
    Thrive is a small national charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people.


    ST DUNSTANS
    12-14 Harcourt Street
    London
    W1H 4HD
    http://www.st-dunstans.org.uk/index.html
    020 7616 7900
    020 7262 6199
    enquiries@st-dunstans.org.uk
    St Dunstans is a charity providing training and rehabilitation to blind ex-service men and women.


    NEW COLLEGE WORCESTER
    New College Worcester (NCW)
    Whittington Road
    Worcester
    WR5 2JX
    http://www.newcollegeworcester.co.uk/
    01905 763933
    New College Worcester is a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted.
    Every student receives an individual programme of education, mobility and Independent Living Skills to support them in reaching their full potential both in and outside the classroom.

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