Aids and Equipment
We have a well-equipped resource centre with a wide range of products built to help blind and partially sighted people maintain their independence. Although we only sell smaller items, we can order items for you, or simply provide information on any product.
A product that works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, so please come and visit. Contact us to arrange a visit, our Aids & Equipment Coordinator will demonstrate, inform and give you advice on all of the products in our resource centre.
Try Before You Buy
Our Try Before You Buy scheme enables you to take products home for up to 8 weeks so that you can be sure the item works for you. After 8 weeks, if you’re happy with the item, we can help you order it and provide any further information. This is a free service and only available to members
Cobolt Mouse Magnifier – A small handheld device allowing you to enlarge text on your TV.
RNIB PenFriend – A handheld electronic labeller, allowing you to audio tag items in your home.
Vibrating Level Indicator – A small battery powered device that indicates the liquid level of a cup.
Pamtrad A-Max – Pocket sized magnification wherever you may need it.
Easy to see Talking Watch – Stylish, comfortable and accessible talking watches.
Talking Microwaves – A microwave that talks to you, allowing you to cook safely.
To arrange a visit or to request more information about our Aids & Equipment services, please contact Steve Saunders – Aids & Equipment Co-ordinator using the following details:
Telephone: 01323 832 252
Mobility & Orientation
The ability to move about and travel safely is one of the cornerstones of independence for people who are vision impaired. Mobility and Orientation training can enable this.
The purpose of the service is to build the confidence and increase the mobility of people who have a vision impairment, through the provision of a personalised structured programme of:
- Supported self-assessment
- Confidence building
Your first meeting with our Mobility Officer will focus on determining your aims and aspirations. Then depending on your aims and objective, the training may include:
- Sensory awareness: gaining information about the world through hearing, smell, touch and perception.
- Spatial concepts: understanding the relationships which exist between objects in the environment.
- Searching skills: locating items or places efficiently: Independent movement, which includes walking.
- Sighted guide: using another person to aid in travel.
- Protective techniques: specific skills which provide added protection in unfamiliar areas.
- Cane skills: use of various cane techniques to clear one’s path or to locate objects along the way.
With information you are able to make real choices, and with the support of this service you can follow through and make those choices a reality.
For more information about Mobility & Orientation, please contact Rachael Galsworthy-Jones using the following details:
Telephone: 01323 832 252
Advice and Signposting
VisionZone is an exhibition of equipment, resources and services for visually impaired people.
This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People and local organisations and groups offering support services, daily living aids, talking books and magnifiers. Meet the experts and discover how to use a computer using simple magnification software. Try reading and viewing your favourite photographs using the latest video magnifiers. Monday, 29th April, 2013 – 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. Access by public transport: Brighthelm Centre is a 5 minute walk from Brighton Railway Station. The number 7 bus stops on the corner with Queens Road – other buses visiting the city centre stop within walking distance. Visiting by car: There is an adjacent NCP car park, accessible from North Road. Standard parking charges apply.
Brighthelm Centre also has a Community Cafe, where refreshments are available to purchase. For further information about the event, contact Freephone 080 8090 8090. Come along to VisionZone, connect with others and discover how to make the most of life with sight loss.””