Recent News & Guides

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 […]


Alexa Update…

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


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.


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. 


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.


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.


Launch of our Information Kiosk

We are very pleased to invite you to the launch of our Accessible information kiosk.

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“What can a tablet do for me?”

What features and benefits a tablet can offer? Come in to have a chat and learn an easy way to: set alarms, reminders, play music, read books, send emails, contact family & friends and more! 

Vale Radio – have a listen!

Exciting news – on Tuesday, September 20th, our technology researcher will be having a chat with Steve Twynham of Vale Radio. Information from the website describes part of the show as: “Inspire is the No 1 place on the radio to hear truly Inspirational stories and great music. Inspire is also a platform for people […]

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Donate your old technology – laptops, tablets and mobiles

Do you have any technology that you are not using? We are seeking good quality laptops, tablets and smart phones to help our technology support service. With your unused items items we can support people with sight loss in using technology and navigating the inbuilt accessibility settings. Whether apple or android devices we can utilise […]

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Send a hands-free message

Sending a text message can be a lot simpler to do if you use Siri. With Siri you can just tell your device what to send for you.

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Android Accessibility

How can you make your Android easier to use if you have a visual impairment? Any thoughts?