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Internet workshop to help visually impaired

People with sight or hearing loss in Spalding can get a helping hand to make the most of the internet at a free online skills session.

RNIB’s Online Today project is aimed at supporting 125,000 people with sensory loss nationally get online and benefit from technology.
Blind and partially sighted people in Spalding are invited to attend a free online basic skills workshop being delivered by partner organisation Action for Blind People, at Broad Street Methodist Church, Broad Street, on Monday, from 9.30am to 11.30am.
The session will include how to get the most from products such as tablets, smartphones and eReaders.
There will also be the chance to be hands-on and try out these gadgets and ask questions.
Internet use in the UK has significantly increased over recent years with 76 per cent of adults accessing the internet every day in 2014, compared to just 38 per cent in 2006.
Millions of us rely on the internet for everyday tasks such as shopping, banking and staying in touch with friends and family.
However, getting online and using technology can present many challenges for someone who is blind, partially sighted or has hearing loss.
Jason Burridge, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Action for Blind People, said: “Being online can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
“We hope people with sight or hearing loss in Spalding will come along and find out how technology can open up a whole new world of discovery and independence.”
The Online Today project also offers one-to-one technology support at home for people with sensory loss,
Book a free home visit at rnib.org.uk/homevisit, email onlinetoday@rnib.org.uk or call 0303 123 9999.

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