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Tuesday 17 May

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ORANGE'S WILDFIRE

Guests:
Kate Crofts, Wildfire campaigner
Rory Heap, Wildfire
Johnathan Rose, Orange


Wildfire was a speech system introduced by Orange into its network five years ago, which offers a number of options to customers. It enables you to retrieve your calls, call up and listen to your directory of numbers: indeed, use a range of the menu options which would in the past have been barred to us. It wasn't introduced with visually impaired people in mind, but as the realisation dawned, the take-up by blind people has been wide, with wildfire being thought to have well over a hundred visually impaired customers. But now the system is being withdrawn, and many visually impaired people are upset, not merely over the fact of its going, but the way in which they feel the matter has been handled: to the extent that a campaign is being launched either to save wildfire, or to persuade Orange to come up with a viable alternative. We'll be hearing from Orange but also Kate Crofts, whose co-ordinating the campaign and Rory Heap, a wildfire user.

Kate Crofts website
Orange website

For more information on the Talks software, specifically designed for visually impaired mobile phone users, you can contact the RNIB. (See end of page)

TRAVELEYES

Do you feel limited in your choice of holidays because getting the most out of so many of them involves going with someone whose able to see; and also, would you welcome the idea that the sighted person had actually volunteered for the role of being a guide for some of the time? Well, Amar Latif has come up with a concept which he believes could widen the horizons of people in this situation; he joins us in the In Touch studio.

Amar Latif, explains how Traveleyes, which is the name of the holiday company, works.

Traveleyes website


GENERAL CONTACTS

RNIB
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE
Tel: 0845 766 99 99 (UK callers only - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Tel. 0207 388 1266 (switchboard/overseas callers)
Textphone users call via Typetalk: 0800 51 51 52
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. The RNIB campaigns to change society's attitudes, actions and assumptions, so that people with sight problems can enjoy the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities as fully sighted people. They also fund pioneering research into preventing and treating eye disease and promote eye health by running public health awareness campaigns.

HENSHAWS SOCIETY FOR BLIND PEOPLE (HSBP)
John Derby House
88-92 Talbot Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 0GS
Tel: 0161 872 1234
Email: info@hsbp.co.uk
Web: www.henshaws.org.uk

Henshaws provides a wide range of services for people who have sight difficulties. They aim to enable visually impaired people of all ages to maximise their independence and enjoy a high quality of life. They have centres in: Harrogate, Knaresborough, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Salford, Southport and Trafford.

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
14-16 Verney Road
London
SE16 3DZ
Tel: 0800 915 4666 (info & advice)
Tel: 020 7635 4800 (central office)
Web: www.afbp.org

Registered charity with national cover that provides practical support in the areas of housing, holidays, information, employment and training, cash grants and welfare rights for blind and partially sighted people. Leaflets and booklets are available free of charge, including 'Getting on - a Guide to Services for Visually Impaired people'. No SAE required.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED
Central Office
Swinton House
324 Grays Inn Road
London
WC1X 8DD
Tel: 020 7837 6103
Fax: 020 7278 0436
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.

NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND
Far Cromwell Road
Bredbury
Stockport
SK6 2SG
Tel: 0161 355 2000
Minicom: 0161 355 2043
Email: enquiries@nlbuk.org
Web: www.nlb-online.org

The National Library for the Blind (NLB) is a registered charity which helps visually impaired people throughout the country continue to enjoy the same access to the world of reading as people who are fully sighted.





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