The 3rd Lions World Song Festival for the Blind, Sounds from the Heart, will take place in Krakow from the 16-18 November 2017. The Festival is a contest, dedicated to talented vocalists who are blind or vision impaired, who are not professional musicians. In previous festivals vocalists from 13 countries were supported by 50 Lions …Read More about 3rd Lions World Song Festival for the Blind
Our range of products is continuously growing, here are some new products we are now stocking in our equipment shop: DPCL8500 – Geemarc Mobile Phone (€98.40). This is a great phone with many features, such as a talking keypad and caller ID; three direct memory buttons, big dial buttons, white backlight and high contrast. The …Read More about New Products in our Resource Centre
The members of the Art Group of NCBI in Cork will be exhibiting their work in the Ballincollig Library from 11 am July 6th to July 19th. The exhibition will be officially opened by an honoured guest who will be announced nearer the time. The exhibitors have been facilitated by artists Therese Newman, Margaret Horgan …Read More about NCBI Art Group Exhibit at Ballincollig Library
World Championship, Spain, May 2017 — Joe Geraghty reports. At Mayfest 2016 a new sport, Blind/Vision Impaired Tennis was launched. Twelve months later, a team travelled to Alicante in Spain to represent Ireland in the 1st World Championships, organised by the International Blind Tennis Association. Invented in Japan in 1984, the game is Ireland’s fastest …Read More about Irish Blind / Vision Impaired Tennis
Sally McEllistrim talks with NCBI’s IT Trainer, Miriam Kelly. Miriam Kelly is animated as she describes her work in the NCBI. As an IT Trainer Miriam is tasked with providing training and support to the many service users who use technology in their day-to-day working and personal lives. “It is a challenging role but one …Read More about My Job Satisfaction is off the Scale!
Check out some of the latest product releases for people experiencing sight loss. OrCam MyEye and OrCam MyReader Israeli-based tech company OrCam Technologies recently released version 7 of the OrCam MyEye and OrCam MyReader. The OrCam is a wearable device that detects what you are looking at, recognises the presence of text, and speaks the …Read More about Latest Technology Releases
On Thursday 18th May, NCBI held a seminar in Dublin’s Croke Park exploring the future of accessible print and the solutions that are available to people with sight loss. Recognising that many people who are blind or vision impaired are faced with a scarcity of information because they cannot access standard printed material, the seminar …Read More about Bridging the Information Gap Seminar in Croke Park
By Amie Hynes-Fitzpatrick Over the past several months we have seen a steady drop in the general unemployment rate in Ireland, reaching 7.2% in December. We are ahead of the curve within the Euro Zone which maintains an average of 9.8%. However a closer look at these rates at home shows that 84% of working age …Read More about Moving Beyond the 84% Unemployment Rate
By Elaine Howley Here is what those entitled to free travel should know. The Department of Social Protection is keen for all those who have free travel passes to replace these as soon as possible. Old Travel Passes are still valid although some staff of public transport companies would lead us to believe otherwise. By …Read More about Free Travel and Transferring to the New Public Services Card
An app that reads the newspaper for you? Yes please! News over Audio, or NOA is a brand new application that will provide visually impaired people with thirty of the day’s top stories over audio. The initiative in association with many of the world’s leading news brands, including The Irish Times, The Financial Times and …Read More about The app that reads your newspaper!