Recent News & Guides

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Sensory Awareness Training Day

This week we welcomed staff from John Lewis (Leeds) to participate in our specialist Sensory Awareness Training day. This is a course designed and delivered by our highly qualified staff which highlights the many issues that those with a sensory impairment may face on a day to day basis. 

Smart Glasses?

Amazon seems to be making a competitor to Google’s Assistant and Siri through wearing glasses and using a microphone as a means of communication.

Try technology in our Hub

Our Hub has a range of technology and product available for you to have a demo with, try and decide what might be right for you. We have experts, volunteers and qualified staff on hand to help you. We can advise and support you or your loved one with any questions about maintaining independence.  

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3 Top Apps

In this quarterly ‘apps, edition we are discussing Blindsquare, AccessNote and YesChef? Blindsquare will help with navigation, AccessNote is a ‘notes’ application to keep your notes in one place, and YesChef is for recipes that can be read out and followed when you’re in the kitchen.

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Amazon Echo Show… bringing video & voice together

A new device from Amazon, the Echo Show, brings video to their popular Alexa assistant. It’s released on June 28th in the US and soon after is the anticipated release in the UK. What is it? …

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Dolphin Easy Reader App: FREE

Dolphin are bringing Easy Reader to the smartphone for Free.

Successful Opening of The Sensory Hub by the Archbishop of York

We’ve had a wonderful morning at the Trust, welcoming the charming and personable Most Reverend John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York. He spent time this morning speaking with the many people who have benefited from the services offered here, the work with people who have a visual impairment, hearing loss, and / or dual sensory […]

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Free Technology Drop in

Just a reminder that next Tuesday, 16th May, we are having our open technology session in the Hub. You can drop in anytime between 10:30 am and 2pm to ask questions to get the help that you may need. Bring your device and we can help set it up. Come to the Hub where you can […]

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Tech Drop in at York Explore Central Library

Do you have a visual impairment? Do you know a family member or friend who does? Would you like help setting up a smartphone or tablet to make better use of your device? Would you like to try technology to see if it might suit you? Then you should visit our open technology session that […]

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Alexa Update…

Alexa has had an update that will make the Echo and Echo Dot easier to use! 

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How to turn on Accessibility for iPhone

Turning on accessibility settings on an iPhone or iPad is easy to do. There are many settings that can be altered to make the device work much better for you. This post discusses what some of the choices are.

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Magnificent Magnifier

Using a ‘traditional’  magnifier can sometimes mean you are carrying a large, heavy object. Since iOS 10, (around September 2016) Apple have now enhanced their accessibility settings again to include a magnifier that can be accessed with a simple quick triple-click of the home button. Read how to get this feature on your smartphone.

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Consultancy & extended help service for Technology

We are very excited to bring you a range of services to enable you to use technology a little easier. We understand that sometimes it can be daunting to re-learn things that you already were doing or maybe taking up a new skill to do things differently – but let our experts lend a hand! More […]

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Alexa Power

Amazon Echo is a device that works as a voice activated intelligent assistant. You speak any questions you have and Echo answers them through the Alexa service.

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Cities Unlocked

Information about the ongoing 3D soundscaping Microsoft Project for outdoor navigation.

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3D to see

There are now some 3D printers just for the home market and printers are being used for many reasons – and this is an interesting solution to printing a 3D map. It can be created in a relatively quick time and using google map coordinates you could print any map you want!

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Kiosk Launch Success!

Our kiosk launch event was a great success and the day was filled with great discussions about technology and resources for individuals with a visual impairment or hearing loss. 

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Ok Google…

This post is about using iOS and Android software on a smartphone for accessibility.

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Donations Matched!

This year the Wilberforce Trust is taking part in Grow Your Tenner, an annual match funding campaign run by Localgiving. 

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Tech Drop in: Try Tech, Advice, Questions & Settings

Please come to our Tech Drop In Sessions. If you have a visual impairment or a friend or family member who may need help then visit a session. Sessions are the First & Third Tuesday, anytime between 10:30am – 2:30pm and you don’t need any technology experience at all.

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Hear about our technology help service!

We went to talk with Vale Radio about the technology service we offer and why it’s so important. Have a listen, it might be something that affects you, a family member or a friend.

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Gadgets that see?

Prof. Amir Amedi’s been working in his world-renowned Lab for Brain and Multisensory Research, so that people with vision impairment can “see” their environment. This is with the aid of sensory substitution devices (SSDs) that provide visual information from sound and touch.