The Duke of Devonshire, KCVO, CBE, DL

"I'm delighted to witness an innovative business partnership between the charity and Flint Bishop Solicitors. Their work together creates a fantastic opportunity to promote legacy giving and ensure that blind and partially sighted people throughout Derbyshire receive the support and services they deserve."

CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire

Claire Winfield was appointed as the CEO at Sight Support Derbyshire in January 2013.  Claire joins us from the Royal Air Forces Association where she worked as the Director of Welfare.


A Smartphone for blind people has been launched

A Smartphone for blind people has been launched.

The handset, Georgie, is accessed via large buttons and a voice-assisted touchscreen.

It comes with a suite of built-in apps to help users complete tasks such as catching a bus, reading printed text, menus and bills and pinpointing location.

The handset is described as a "pal, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at your side wherever you go and in all weathers".

It was designed by blind husband-and-wife team Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds, who run Screenreader, a not-for-profit social enterprise. Georgie is named after Mrs Wilson-Hinds' first guide dog.

It's powered by an Android operating system and uses existing Android handsets such as the Samsung XCover and Motorola Defy.

"I was able to send my very first text just earlier this year thanks to Georgie," said Mr Wilson-Hinds.

"It's exactly that type of digital experience we want to make easily available to people with little or no sight. More than that though, it's also going to help solve everyday problems for blind people so they can be more confident about navigating the real world and become more independent."

Customers can either buy Georgie pre-packaged with an existing smartphone or download the bank of apps to the smartphone they already have.

Many smartphones on the market have functions that aid blind users, but they are not thought to be user-friendly enough.

Georgie's apps can help users do a variety of things. They can tell them the direction to local amenities, enable them to call up family and friends from a simple list and allow the user to text or tweet using spoken instructions.

A variety of additional apps are also available for purchase in three packages: Travel, Lifestyle and Communicate.

Source: Plextek

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