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Blind Society Highland

Health & Welfare

38 Ardconnell Street

Chair: Nicholas Boyle Tel: 01463 233663
Chief Executive: Margaret Hynd Tel: 01463 233663, e-mail:
Technology Manager: Mary MacDonald Tel: 01463 229789, e-mail:

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To offer positive choices in maintaining chosen lifestyles within the limits imposed by deteriorating vision

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Open Day - Thurso 19 July 2005
An Open Day In Thurso To Raise Awareness Of Issues And Support For Visually Impaired People The Highland Society for Blind People and the Karten Technology Centre are holding an Open Day in The Band Room Thurso Town Hall on Tuesday 19th July from 10am to 4pm

This event is open to all to find out what support and aids are available to help improve the day to day activities of visually impaired adults and children. There will be a range of staff available to discuss any issues and demonstrate ways in which you can help support a visually impaired person. Please come and chat to us you don’t have to be registered as blind or visually impaired, it might be that you are finding that you or a neighbour or friend is no longer seeing quite as well and you want to find out if there are any low vision aids that could help. Would you like to know more about how eye conditions affect vision? We can demonstrate this by the use of “Sim Spec’s”.

Are you an employer? Did you know that blind and partially sighted people work in a wide variety of jobs including Stone Mason, Lawyer, Chef, Futures Trader, Computer Programmer, Script Reader, Small Business Manager and Security Guard? Would you like advice on making your service more accessible to our clients? Come along for a chat.
The Karten Centre, our technology department, is open to all disabilities and will have a range of software and input devices available for the public to try. The Karten Centre provides IT training for all ages and abilities from the terrified to the fearless. It is never too late to try using a computer, our current students range from 18 to 84. There is no cost for using our training facility. At the open day you will be able to find out more about voice activated software, magnification software and more, come and try a range of keyboards and mice.

Whatever your interest you will be assured of a warm welcome. Come and have a chat and find out more about the services of Highland Society for Blind People.

Are you a computer user?
The Highland Society for Blind People and the Karten Technology Centre urgently need your help to support a number of sensory impaired adults in using computers

If you have a few hours to spare and are interested in helping people with sensory impairment in your area you might consider joining us at our Sensory Centre in THURSO or WICK and help us with supporting sensory impaired people to:
§ Access the Internet
§ Access e-mail
§ Write a letter
§ Print Labels
§ Make a Birthday Card
§ Scan Photographs
§ Not be afraid to switch on a Computer

We use Dell Computers and Operate on Windows XP, Software is Office XP Professional
Additional Adaptive software is Zoom Text, JAWS, OCR

We do not expect volunteers to have knowledge of any of the adaptive systems, we will be happy to train you. All we ask is that you have basic knowledge of any previous Windows based system and lots of patience.

When you join us we will ensure that:

o You have support from the professional staff
o You will be offered induction training and  
   considered for other relevant training 
   opportunities as they arise
o Your expenses will be met by the Society

If you find this opportunity as exciting as we do and would like to get involved why not get in touch. Telephone Mary MacDonald on 01463 229789