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Leading sight loss organisations join forces for 7th annual Vision UK conference

22 Apr 2015

At this year’s Vision UK annual conference Guide Dogs will lead one of five conference streams, which will focus on the theme: ‘Social inclusion: Transforming lives through digital technology’. The stream will bring together experts and leaders for a series of inspiring talks and presentations which will illustrate how innovative collaborations can produce technologies that are accessible, empowering and useful for everyone.

Experts from leading organisations such as Passenger Focus, Barclays, the University of Oxford and Independent Age will join the technology stream. There will also be a presentation on the Cities Unlocked initiative between Microsoft and Guide Dogs, which has developed a unique Microsoft soundscape technology to assist people with sight loss to plan and undertake journeys around a city.

Jenny Cook, Head of Strategy and Research from Guide Dogs, 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. 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.”

Vision UK is the only annual conference for the whole of the eye health and sight loss sector, and is taking place at Central Hall Westminster, London on Thursday 18 June 2015. Now in its seventh year, the theme for the conference will be ‘Working together to deliver the UK Vision Strategy’.

The conference takes on a new format this year, with five streams each supported by leading eye health or sight loss organisations, which includes Guide Dogs who are working with the VISION 2020 UK Technology for Life group. Delegates are able to choose one of the streams, which each focus on a different area of UK Vision Strategy.

For more information about the Vision UK 2015 conference, or to book a place, visit: www.visionuk.org.uk



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