Second instalment of End of Year Team Blog
We are coming to the end of 2018 just wanted to say we have had so many great outing and get togethers’ with members this year like going to various seaside places, museums, meals, quiz’s and many more. It’s been a pleasure to meet up with everyone seeing everyone making friends and building up their confidences in going out and socialising and building new skills.
It is been my pleasure and privilege to be part of these gathering and meeting so many great people. Looking forward to 2019.
I have really enjoyed working with the Elvis team over the last few months especially supporting and getting to know groups such as Beyond Sight Loss, SocialEyes and Vipon. I have been lucky enough to accompany the groups to lots of different places including Kensington Palace, Natural History Museum and the Olympic Park. As a West Ham United fan, it was really good to liaise with the club re accessibility in advance of the VIPON group trip to the London Stadium in November and I have to say the staff were extremely helpful and cooperative We all had a very enjoyable day as West Ham won the game against Burnley and it was so rewarding for me that all the group enjoyed the day especially those who had never been to a football match before.
The 3 years I’ve spent with Elvis have seen considerable changes in technology. One of the biggest changes to mainstream technology has been the introduction of voice controlled technology such as smart speakers as well as the evolution of voice assistants on both Apple and Android mobile phone platforms. This has been possible due to improvements in voice recognition technology and artificial intelligence, but the technology is still really in its infancy.
The Android platform has become more accessible, allowing people to have more of a choice than they have ever had when it comes to accessible mobile phones.
Electronic books have become more accessible. In particular, Kindle books are now accessible across a range of devices including mobile phones, computers, tablets and smart speakers.
One area where we are still somewhat lacking in accessibility is DAB radio and television. There are still no truly accessible DAB radios that I am aware of, and accessibility of television is more ;promising but information on the subject is scattered across a range of sources and generally quite hard to research.
Numbers of people requiring home visits or help by phone or email to help resolve accessibility issues have continued to increase. Rehab officers and other charities have made use of the service I have been able to offer and other services such as the Macular society and other parts of what will be London Vision have introduced similar services.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year