Guide Dogs join Vision UK conference

Charity will lead one of five streams at the Vision UK conference in June

12 Apr 2015 by Ryan O'Hare

UK charity Guide Dogs has announced it will lead one of five streams at this year’s Vision UK conference, which takes place in London on 18 June.

The charity will bring together experts to speak on Social inclusion: Transforming lives through digital technology, in order to illustrate the importance of collaboration in producing accessible and empowering technologies that are accessible to everyone.

Head of strategy and research for Guide Dogs, Jenny Cook, said: “In the UK, almost half of people who are blind or partially sighted rarely leave home on their own. The impact of social exclusion on a person’s health and wellbeing cannot be understated.”

Ms Cook added: “Technology plays an important role in helping people with sight loss to access services that many sighted people might take for granted, such as education and employment, transport or leisure activities. If we work together, we can share what we’ve learnt so far and help develop technologies that will be life changing for thousands of people.”

Speakers will be drawn from leading organisations such as Passenger Focus, Barclays, the University of Oxford and Independent Age. In addition, the stream will include a presentation on the Cities Unlocked initiative between Microsoft and Guide Dogs, which has been developed to assist people with sight loss to navigate around cities using augmented reality.

The 7th Vision UK conference will be held at Central Hall Westminster, with the theme Working together to deliver the UK Vision Strategy.

For more information, visit www.visionuk.org.uk


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