Technology and Communications overview

We believe that technology can open doors to a whole new world for people with sight loss. We support organisations to develop their service delivery to ensure that people are supported to access and get the best use out of technology. We also work to ensure that technology providers are considering the needs of people with sight loss when developing their technology. We are creating a range of resources to help those who deliver or plan to deliver technology and communication services.


Accessible technology events: help and guidance – tips and information from the RNIB for organisations to help them deliver technology support or run accessible technology information sessions. This includes a guide to help planning the delivery of a technology demonstration session and organising an Accessible Technology event, and a factsheet on providing training courses. Useful information can also be found on key findings and final evaluation of the Online Today project.

RNIB Technology Resource Hub – this provides guides and factsheets to understand the basics of different products and keep up-to-date on the latest on technology. There are also specific technology guides on entertainment, staying in touch and everyday living. Information on grants for useful technology to registered blind or partially sighted people can be found here

‘How to’ videos from Vital Tech – these videos explain how to use several Voice Over functions.

Assistive and Inclusive Home Technology guide for people with sight loss and Design and Low Vision Aids – a youth perspective – practical guidance on Assistive Technology from Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Vision impairment and computing – this factsheet from AbilityNet goes through ways computers can be adapted for someone who has sight loss.

AbilityNetfree information resources – resources to help people with any disability use technology at home, work and in education.

My Computer My Way – this AbilityNet guide lists various accessibility features that can help with accessibility of websites and applications.

Henshaws’ Knowledge Video Library – knowledge videos with useful tips for people with a visual impairment, divided into sections – Life hacks, Apps, Products and Daily living.


Useful organisations/websites

Vital Tech – website managed by blind and partially sighted people with several guidance and instructional videos on technology; some of these include computing, being organised, reading and magnifying, staying in touch and more.

British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) – promotes and encourages the use of technology amongst visually impaired people by sharing advice on computers, tablets, mobiles and assistive technologies; help line and discussion forum; articles, tutorials and webinars, and more.

Abilitynet – helps older people and people with disabilities use computers and the internet.

American Foundation for the Blind – this website supports people living with a visual impairment in the US.  It also provides a monthly newsletter on matters relating to technology.

Cool Blind Tech –  this website features some of the latest information on assistive technology. – this website allows people to convert files into other accessible formats.


Amazon accessibility features on Fire tablet

Amóvil helps people identify accessible mobile devices compatible with available assistive technologies, depending on the individual’s needs.  This is a Spanish website also available in English.

Android Accessibility Help Centre

Accessibility features on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Apple Accessibility

AppleVis – a community-powered website for VI users of Apple’s products.

Dolphin features online learning and tutorials for SuperNova

Ikream – iPhone troubleshooting and tutorials.

Microsoft Disability Answer Desk


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