NCBI’s Virtual Technology Club was established in April of this year in recognition of the fact that for many people with sight loss who rely on technology to live an independent life, it can be difficult to travel, to access training or support, or to meet other users and share knowledge.
According to its founder, Stuart Lawler,
“We believe strongly that some of the most useful support and informal training can occur when people have the time and space to chat to each other about how they use their technology, in work, at school and at home.
“In the last number of years, we have been facilitating groups of people to come together and talk about how they use their technology, share and solve problems and hear from experts who have told us about everything from the latest tech gadgets to some of the most basic daily living aids.
“Now, however, we are extending that idea to ensure that lack of access does not preclude someone from participating. To that end, we have introduced a virtual meeting space, where we can all join together from the comfort of our own living room or work space and talk about technology.
“Users learn and share from each other in a space where knowledge and experiences can be exchanged freely.”
How does it work?
Users are required to install a piece of software called TeamTalk on their computer, phone or iPad to join the club. TeamTalk is free software and it is very easy to use.
To find out when the next session is taking place and for step-by-step instructions on installing and using TeamTalk you can download the Virtual Technology Club User Guide at www.ncbi.ie/technology, or alternatively call NCBI on 01 8307033 for support over the phone.