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, even internationally
  • 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 already built in, such as the facility to magnify the screen or have text transformed into speech.

RNIB services

Online Today

A project helping people get online through tablets and smartphones. It is aimed at people who have little online experience, or who are not sure how to access the internet since they've lost their sight. See "What is Online Today?"

Living with sight loss courses

Courses bringing together individuals affected by sight loss to share experiences and hear more about a range of information such as benefits, technology, getting out and about and wellbeing. See "What are Living With Sight Loss courses?"

Guides, leaflets and factsheets

 Our Technology leaflet, part of the Confident living series, provies information on the basics about computers, tablets and smartphones and how to get online. You’ll also be able to learn about eBooks, DAISY players, magnifiers and the accessibility features of TVs and radios.

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

Our Helpline is able to provide more information and advice about technology queries, they can be contacted on:

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