Digital enablement

Are you struggling to read books, newspapers, letters or product labels? Do you find it more difficult to keep in touch with friends and family?

Through our assessments, training, groups and online resources; Henshaws digital enablement team are here to find the solution that works for you, no matter what your sight level, age, or technical ability is.

Mark wearing a pink Henshaws polo shirt, showing people around a table the OrCam device.

Digital assessments

There are a wide range of products and solutions out there that can help you perform everyday activities, that will enable you to maintain your independence and quality of life. Through a personal one-to-one chat, we’ll assess what your needs are and make suggestions based on the best solutions for you. These may include;

  • Optical or electronic magnifiers
  • Smartphone and tablet devices
  • Specialist text-to-speech devices
  • Accessibility software for desktop computers and laptops.
Carrie demonstrating an app to a service user

Training

Following your assessment, we may be able to offer complimentary one-to-one training sessions with one of our staff or volunteers in Trafford, Oldham, Bolton or Manchester Central Library.

Get in touch to find out more and to book your free session on 0300 222 5555 or email manchester@henshaws.org.uk.

Tech groups and courses

Happy Appers

Trafford Carers Trust, Sale

Want to discuss questions, issues or ideas on tech with other digital-minded folk? The Happy Appers group is for you!

FAQ

Who can assess these services? Our digital support is for anyone with sight loss at any age or level of knowledge and ability, as well as a range of other disabilities, such as arthritis or dyslexia.

What products are out there? There’s a huge variety of technology available – from free apps on your devices like Microsoft’s Seeing AI, to magnifiers or speech software on your computer such as JAWS. We work with you during your assessment to find the ones that will work best for you. Some of the products we offer specialist knowledge and training for include;

  • Apple (iPhones and iPads)
  • Optelec
  • OrCam
  • Dolphin
  • Synapptic
  • Android

If cost is potentially an issue, there are a number of organisations that may be able to offer financial assistance to fund the purchase of technology and equipment. Download our free list of grant awarding bodies for more information: https://www.henshaws.org.uk/grants/

Where do we offer our digital services? We offer training out in our locations in Liverpool, Bolton, Oldham, Trafford and Manchester Central Library, and we can also offer assessments over the phone or in your own home (depending on where you live).

How much does this service cost? Our digital assessments and training are free to access! Our digital groups Tech Talk and Happy Appers ask for a £2 contribution to help cover group costs.

How can I access this service? Get in touch to book a session with our digital enablement team by emailing manchester@henshaws.org.uk or ring 0300 222 5555.

"I can read again! I haven't been able to read printed text for 30 years or more, so that's incredible. And all of that is due to Henshaws."

Jim

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