We have a fantastic line up of exhibitors for you this year, including; technology, legal advice and leisure. See below for more information about each exhibition and to view the exhibition map.
Stand 1: Associated Optical
Since 1983 Associated Optical has sought to provide eye-care professionals with innovative magnification devices to further enhance their patient care. Working closely with all our key manufacturers and education team, our aim is to inspire our customers to further improve people’s lives using patient-centred optical solutions.
Stand 2: Retina UK
Retina UK is the only UK charity dedicated solely to working for people affected by inherited sight loss. We provide information and support for people who are newly diagnosed, their families, and the professionals who support them.
Retina UK have a number of services available, including both email and telephone helplines (both staffed by people directly affected by inherited sight loss), a talk and support service, numerous peer support groups, a dedicated website with the latest news, research and other helpful information, newsletters and information sheets, and nationwide Information days and conferences. The information and support we provide helps people lead better lives, today. We ensure no-one with inherited sight loss need feel alone. We are in the unique position of being small enough to listen and respond to our community’s needs, but with a big enough reputation to make our voice heard by those who matter.
Stand 3: Optelec
As well as being able to supply the extensive Schweizer range of products, Optelec is part of the Vispero Group which is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. Vispero make Braille hardware, screen reading software, screen magnification software, a vast selection of low vision hardware solutions and deliver enterprise compliance services which make access to the digital world for visually impaired and blind people achievable.
Optelec has a focus to design and produce electronic hardware products for the visually impaired. For more than 40 years, our products have helped people with a visual impairment, whether it be blindness or any degree of vision impairment, with simple to use and intuitive products.
Stand 4: Synapptic Ltd
At Synapptic, we design intuitive technology for people with sight loss, which works on Android smartphones, tablets and our fully accessible TV Box. Our products are ideal if you have little or no experience of using technology and want to complete all your everyday tasks easily. Phone a friend, send a text, catch up on your favourite TV programme or do your online shopping and banking using our new Synapptic Reader. With in-built speech and magnification, Synapptic helps you to remain independent and connected, whatever your level of sight loss. What’s more, all our software and packages come with: one hour of free training; two years of free software updates; free UK-based help and support and a two-week money-back guarantee. Phone us on 0191 909 7 909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stand 5: OrCam
OrCam harnesses the power of artificial vision to develop products which improve the lives of people who are blind, visually impaired, and have reading difficulties. Its latest device is OrCam MyEye 2.0, which was launched in the UK in 2018.
Delegates will be able to speak to OrCam’s knowledgeable trainers about what the OrCam MyEye 2.0 device can do, what funding is available, and how they can get involved with OrCam in the UK. All visitors to OrCam’s stand will also be able to see demonstrations of the device in action, as well as try it out for themselves.
Stand 6: Guide Dogs
How familiar are you with the seven types of tactile paving installed across the UK? Visit our stand where you can see (and feel) samples of various tactile surfaces, deployed to make it easier for people with a vision impairment to navigate the world around them.
Our orientation and mobility specialists use specialist tools to educate children and adults about tactile paving. Why not try them out for yourself? We’ll have a wide selection of information available about the range of services we have to offer; supporting and empowering children, adults and their families. Feel free to take away some of our leaflets on the day, or for more information visit https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/services
Stand 7: Aspire Consultancy
Aspire Consultancy is an independent company that provides quality advice, assessment and a training service on all aspects of assistive technology for visually impaired people. We also sell new and refurbished products that are specifically designed to improve your quality of life at work, at study or in the home that help you realise your full potential. We serve corporate, educational and private clients across the UK.
Our training service includes training for all leading assistive software, windows and Microsoft office. We also supply desktop and laptop computer systems tailored to the needs of the individual.
Stand 8: Flint Bishop Solicitors
Recognised as a ‘leading firm’ by both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, the outstanding quality of our staff and service levels is underlined by our ISO quality assurance accreditations, industry awards and peer ranking.
Our Midlands based offices are perfectly positioned to service our large national and international client base, which boasts a number of well-known brands such as National Trust, SIG, Costcutter, Heineken UK, Marston’s, UK Mail, Youth Hostels Association and global publishing giant, LexisNexis (part of the RELX Group).
Many of our long-standing clients have built trusted working relationships with our experts across all areas of the firm, several of which have worked with us for over 50 years.
Stand 9: Macular Society
The Macular Society is the only charity determined to beat the fear and isolation of macular disease with world-class research, and the best advice and support.
At our stand, you will be able to find out about the latest treatments and research into the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, along with information about specialist peer and emotional support services.
There will also be an opportunity to get a taster of eccentric viewing and steady eye reading – techniques that make the most of remaining vision for people with central vision loss.
Stand 10: OXSIGHT
OXSIGHT Consists of scientists and clinicians from various disciplines, such as ophthalmology, neuroscience, computer vision and machine learning. Combining their expertise has enabled the development of our powerful smart glasses. We continue to look for novel ways to expand field of vision, enhance light and shape detection.
To reach as many people as we can, OXSIGHT is building a network of clinics and holds events across the UK. Our team offers personal assessments and free demonstrations of our glasses, bringing our technology to the people who will most benefit from it.
Stand 11: Smart-Grid Technologies Ltd
Smart-Grid Technology develop new innovative solutions for various Disability Groups that can and does enhance their lives.
Tactile Smart Crossing Systems use passive sensors which require no power and are therefore the ideal solution for any situation.
Not only can we use our Smart Sensors with the tactile crossings, we have; Smart Beacons for Wayfinding, SmartSwitch for automatic operation of controlled crossings, SmartCode for internal use in hospitals, airports etc., SmartShoe – This is going to be Awesome!!! And many others. Come and see us to find out more – Remember, ‘Hearing is Believing’.
Stand 12: Torch Trust
Torch Trust is a Christian charity working to enable people with sight loss to grow in their faith and thrive in their Christian communities. We do this through offering individuals Christian literature, through our free lending library, and other Christian resources, magazines and Bible reading notes, in various formats. We also work with churches through our new Sight Loss Friendly Church campaign, equipping them with free resources, training and advice so people with sight loss can be fully included in church services and social activities.
Stand 13: Thomas Pocklington Trust – Vital Tech
The Vital Tech exhibition stand will provide conference delegates with the opportunity to find out more about the Vital Tech website and to discuss emerging developments and trends in assistive technology. As technology information champion at Thomas Pocklington Trust, Darren Paskell is responsible for Vital Tech. He is keen to hear feedback directly from Visionary members which will help shape future Vital Tech development. He has also recently trailblazed participation in an accessible Salesforce course and is keen to raise awareness of Salesforce as a potential career path for blind and partially sighted people considering employment opportunities.
Vital Tech (www.vitaltech.org.uk) is an impartial guide through the world of assistive technology. Vital Tech provides an overview of products and resources which blind or partially sighted people may find useful in daily life. Vital Tech is an independent site which has been developed by blind and partially sighted people, for blind and partially sighted people.
Stand 14: Seable
Seable provide accessible holidays for people with sight loss. We listen to your ideas and worries, providing our honest and personal recommendations and sharing our first-hand experiences. We are ready to craft your perfect holiday and bring it to life, adding authentic experiences that you will remember for years.
Our clients range from first time travellers to experienced holidaymakers of any age and sight impairment. You no longer need to travel accompanied by your family members or carers as we provide ongoing support throughout your holiday and of our activities are tailored for visually impaired guests and our guides are local to the destinations we visit. They will look after you as a friend, not as a tourist.
Stand 15: RNIB
Find out about RNIB’s UK-wide Sight Loss Advice Service, and a new online portal for frequently asked questions about sight loss that can be used by your staff, volunteers and community members. Meet RNIB staff to explore how we can start, re-start or build on partnership work together.
Stand 16: Calibre Audio Library
Books provide us with companionship, adventure, empathy and enjoyment, and audiobooks spread this joy of reading to those who cannot access printed literature. Calibre Audio Library has over 11,000 audiobooks; all are unabridged and available for unlimited borrowing by our members. Our 14,000 members range in age from five to 105. Our audiobooks can be delivered straight to your door on MP3 CD and memory stick by free postal service, or streamed online and downloaded using Calibre’s free app. We also sell accessible memory stick players that are easy to use with simple controls.
Lifetime membership is just £35 for adults and £20 for under 16s, with no monthly subscription fee or additional costs. Visit www.calibre.org.uk or call our friendly membership services team on 01296 432 339 to join or for more information.
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Win a bottle of bubbly
Each time you visit a stand give the exhibitor your business card. All cards will go into a prize draw for a bottle of bubbly.
For those who do not have printed business cards with you, blank cards will be available for you to complete at the stand.
The more stands you visit the greater your chances of winning!