Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Bigger Picture!

Look - like many other charities- made their way to St Lukes Church, Birmingham on wednesday the 23rd of september to do a very special workshop about a very big issue...
Visually Impaired young people are just like anyone else, trends and styles matter as well as practicality (especially in low vision aids!). That's why the 'bigger picture' workshop took place - so at last VI kids can say goodbye to clunky old magnifiers!

First we all were shown a lot of different magnifiers and were asked to rate them for practical use, packaging and style. We were shown some awful examples of magnifiers and it really got our minds going about our dream low vision aid!
Look also set up a creative area for siblings of VI children or very young visitors. They could let their creativeness flow as they customised their own (otherwise boring!) Look bag. In the main hall were stalls and representatives from:
  • Action for blind people
  • Rnib
  • QAC
  • Guide Dogs 
  • Mobility Training
  • National Blind Children's Society
  • and a range of technology.

Families and visitors popped in throughout the day and it was nice to meet up with old friends and meet new ones! It was serious brain power in the 'bigger picture' room though as the young people came up with increasingly creative designs including, mini televisions camouflaged inside books and a hands free reading magnifier - Alan Sugar would have been impressed!

All the examples of magnifiers were borrowed from birmingham focus for blind people and the 'bigger picture' was a joint effort between LOOK, playtrain and vision 2020. Playtrain are experts in consultations with children and how to get young people's ideas flowing! They also specialise in collecting product research from children.

Vision 2020 is a collaboration of all different organisations within the UK, which focus on vision impairment and operate on a national, regional or international basis.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and hopefully we might be seeing some stylish LVA's on the shelves soon! ]

it was a tough judging process!

If I was this magnifier I'd be frightened of the judges in the 'bigger picture' room!

Maybe an article on the day will make the audio magazine!

This particular magnifier is a lifesaver for one young participant!

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