I'm new to technology, where should I start?

Learning just the basics about new technology can open up a world of possibilities which will enrich your life and enable you to do things independently while living with sight loss.

Technology can help you to:

  • keep in touch with your family and friends
  • make calls and send messages for free
  • gain the confidence and freedom to go out and use public transport independently
  • do your shopping and banking from the comfort of your home at any time of the day.

Many popular, mainstream products have accessibility features built in, such as magnification and text to speech.

Our Living with Sight Loss courses which bring together individuals affected by sight loss to share their experiences and hear more about a range of information such as benefits, technology, getting out and about and wellbeing may also benefit you. 

Further information on the basics of computers, tablets and smartphones, how to get online and details of devices such as eBooks, DAISY players and magnifiers, can be found in our Technology leaflet, part of our Confident living series:

Thomas Pocklington Trust have also produced a leaflet on accessible and inclusive home technology:

If you need further information or advice please contact our Helpline:

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