seescape is the operational name of Fife Society for the Blind. The new name was unveiled by Provost Jim Leishman at a reception which took place on Monday 10th September at Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy.

After 150 years of serving the people of Fife as the leading provider of support for people experiencing sight loss, it was felt we needed a change to see us into and through the 21st century. After wide consultation the name seescape was chosen. It was felt this name encompassed our mission to “expand horizons for people with sight impairment”

seescape‘s strategy to carry us through to 2020 will ensure that we continue to deliver services that are relevant and needed for people with a sight impairment. We will continue to consult with clients, our staff and volunteers to keep learning and developing our services.

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6 days ago

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The latest edition of our newsletter is here, packed full of useful articles. You can read it here
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1 week ago

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Come and join
The Assistive Technology Social Hub…

Thursday July 30th
seescape and Sight and Sound Technology are joining forces once again to ensure that our service users are being supported during this difficult time.

Our next session is entitled
''Take Control of Your Audio!''

For our next instalment Stuart will be guiding you through the world of audio recording.

Many visually impaired people love listening to audio and would love to create their own recorded material. But where do you start and which recording and editing software is the most user and screen-reader friendly? Stuart Beveridge has been creating audio recordings and podcasts over the last two years and will discuss and demonstrate the two main audio editing software solutions he uses on a regular basis. These are GoldWave and Reaper.

The session will focus on the following areas:

1. Basic recording and editing using GoldWave.
2. Creating a basic project and multi-tracking with Reaper.

There will also be ample time during the session for participants to ask questions and to share their own audio experiences.

Register in advance for this meeting:

“For most people, technology makes things easier. For those with a disability, it makes things possible!”

Now more than ever assistive technology is invaluable to those with sight loss or visual impairment. We have a solution that could be hugely beneficial to you or a family member so please do come and join other AT users as we share our experiences and learn a few tips and tricks along the way…
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2 weeks ago

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‼️Changes to the Free TV Licence scheme‼️

As of 1st August 2020, there will be a new TV Licence scheme for over 75’s. At present the TV Licence is free to all over 75’s, however, with the new scheme, you will only be eligible if the licence holder is over 75 years of age and if they, or a member of the household, are in receipt of Pension Credit.

If you do not meet the criteria, you will now have to pay for your TV Licence.
The new TV Licence scheme can be applied for if you are 74 years of age and will come into effect upon your 75th birthday.

Blind (severely sight impaired) TV Licence

If you are registered as Severely Sight Impaired (Blind) you are eligible to apply for a 50% reduction in your TV Licence fee. This discount also covers anyone who lives with you. To receive the discount, you must be able to provide evidence of your registration.
This discount does not apply to those who are registered Sight Impaired (partially sighted).

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming changes to the TV Licence scheme please contact the TV Licensing Contact Centre on 0300 790 6165.

If you require proof of your Severely Sight Impaired registration, please contact seescape on 01592 644 979.
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4 weeks ago

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‼️6 ‘Accidentally’ accessible products for people with sight loss‼️
There are many products out there that can make things easier if you have a visual impairment. Many of these products have been designed specifically for visually impaired people, but there are some products that weren’t which are still just as useful... Read on as we review three high tech, and three low tech, products that could transform your life, all of which were not designed with visually impaired people in mind.
High Tech Products
1. Apple Pay
Apple is very committed to the accessibility of their products. With features including VoiceOver and Zoom, Apple has really gone the extra mile to make their products accessible for their visually impaired users.
Apple Pay, although not an accessibility feature, makes Apple products even more accessible as it makes it easier for visually impaired people to pay for goods in-store and online. Apple Pay works on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs, once you have stored your card details in your Apple wallet, you do not have to re-enter them every time you use Apple Pay.
There is no upper limit when you use Apple Pay so you can use it unlimited times per day and you can make purchases of over £45, the limit for contactless payments when you use your card.
Apple Pay is also useful in situations when the card machine is inaccessible, for example, some retailers use touch-screen card machines making it difficult for a visually impaired person to locate the numbers when entering their PIN.

2. Bone Conduction Headphones
Unlike regular headphones, bone conduction headphones sit on your cheekbones so the sound is transmitted through your bones into your inner ear.
This means that the headphones never cover your ears so you can hear the sound coming out of the headphones at the same time as any sound around you.
Designed for sportspeople, bone conduction headphones also have impressive benefits for people living with sight loss.
If you are out and about, bone conduction headphones can allow you to listen to your phone while you listen out for traffic and all other sounds you need to listen out for when travelling out and about independently.
3. Tile
Tile is the perfect solution if you are prone to losing, or mislaying, essential items such as your keys.
Tile works through Bluetooth trackers which connect to your iOS or Android device through the Tile app which you download onto the device you want to link the tile trackers to.
Once you download the app and activate the Tile trackers, just use the app to ‘ring’ your tile trackers and the tile trackers will sound an audible tone. Alternatively, use your Tile trackers to ring your phone, even when it is muted.
You can also ring your Tile trackers using Siri (if you are using iOS 12 or later), Alexa or Google Assistant.

Low Tech Products
1. Snappy-Caps
Snappy-caps turn drinking cans into bottles. Just open your can, place the snappy-cap onto the bottle and push down firmly until it snaps onto the can.
Designed for when out and about, snappy-caps also can be beneficial for people with sight loss. The snappy-caps come with lids so you will always have a lid to put on your can to avoid accidental spillages. Snappy-caps also make it easier for pouring the contents of the can into a glass as you can place the lip of the snappy-cap onto the edge of the glass while you pour.
Snappy-caps are very cheap – you can buy a pack of six for just £3.99. They are also reusable so once you have finished drinking out of one can, remove the snappy-cap, give it a wash and you can then place it on your next can.
For more information and to place an order, visit the snappy-caps website.
They are also available on e-bay and Amazon – prices vary starting from £3.99 for 6.
2. Elastic Bands
Elastic bands are a simple, yet effective, solution for distinguishing between products.
If you struggle to work out which is shampoo and which is conditioner, or you have tins of different foods that feel identical, then placing elastic bands around products could be the solution for you.
Elastic bands are an effective alternative to identification solutions designed specifically for people with sight loss.
3. Afro Comb
The afro comb is a fantastic solution for chopping fruit and vegetables safely if you have a visual impairment. Just push the afro comb into what you want to chop, and use it as a guide for the knife as you cut between the afro comb’s prongs.
You do not need to have your fingers anywhere near the knife when chopping and it helps you to cut even slices. It can be used on a range of vegetables.
Get Buying!
This is just a selection of some of the products that happen to be accessible or make your life easier if you have sight loss. These products provide mainstream, and easily available, solutions to help you to be more independent.
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4 weeks ago

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Come and join us for the next instalment of The Assistive Technology Social Hub…

Thursday July 16th
Sight and Sound Technology and our friends at seescape are continuing to bring you biweekly sessions which provide support, insight and

analysis. Our aim as always is to promote independent living through innovation.

Our next session is entitled
‘An Interactive Introduction to the World of Low Vision Technology!’

The next Social Hub session will feature an interactive presentation that explores a wide range of low vision solutions. The interactive format will require you to discuss 3 low vision scenarios. There will be 5 assistive technology solutions available for each scenario and we would like you to find the most suitable and beneficial for the individual bearing in mind their difficulties and what they would like to achieve.

The session will concentrate on the following areas of interest;

• Education tools
• Balance and co-ordination
• Font style, size
• Contrast
• Scanning text
• Reduce eye strain and screen glare
• Reading text in a variety of formats
• Alternatives to magnification

Register in advance for this webinar:

“For most people, technology makes things easier. For those with a disability, it makes things possible!”

Now more than ever assistive technology is invaluable to those with sight loss or visual impairment. We have a solution that could be hugely beneficial to you or a family member so please do join us and hear others share their sight loss journey.
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