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Sight for Wight takes pleasure in inviting Members to a Sight for Wight Members’ Forum on Monday 15th October from 11.00am till 12.30pm at Millbrooke House.   This will be followed by a Technology Discussion from 1.00pm until 3.00pm.   An area of interest identified by many Members who participated in the 2017 Survey was keeping abreast of technology.  In such a rapidly developing area there is, unsurprisingly, a growth in expensive, specialist equipment and software, designed specifically for the VI community.  However, there is equally a growing range of free or low-cost software and apps that can be used on a whole range of laptops, tablets and smart phones to assist with myriad tasks.   Following on from some discussion at the last Members’ Forum, it was agreed that we would hold a technology discussion to simply identify the range of software and apps that Members currently use.  We hope to produce a document, which could be helpful to other Members, identifying the uses, pros and cons, together with approximate costs, associated with the technology, software or apps identified.   We welcome all Members who would like to contribute to this discussion.  For those interested but unable to join us in person on Monday, please call or email our Member Services Manager to be kept abreast of these discussions.  If you would like to share your experience of using various forms of technology that might be of interest and value to other VI Members, there is a form available from us in either large print or electronically.   Our overall aim is to produce, and thereafter add to, a directory of what’s available, at what cost, to enable various tasks and how user friendly, or otherwise, it is found to be.   The discussion on Monday 15th between 13.00pm and 15.00pm will be chaired by Chief Executive, Miriam Tong.

Are you a budding author? This is your chance to have your story published and read by a celebrity! This years short story writing competition’s theme is ‘The Magic of Christmas’. Entry forms available from Waterstones in Newport, Dress for Less in Newport, Millbrooke House in Newport. For more information please contact Chris Cane on 522205 visit our website www.iwsb.org.uk  

Sight for Wight will be attending Island Con at Cowes Enterprise College on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October where we will not only be demonstrating some of our low vision equipment and simulated specs but will also have a variety of Doctor Who officially licensed props, including Cyberman helmets and a full size Dalek to have your photo taken with! We look forward to seeing you.