Peer support for digital skills & inclusion in Education and Employment

Shauna.humphries

I have heard that many vision impaired university students struggle to find and/or use the latest AT available to them. I can provide support to students by recommending ways to make university life easier using AT: eg latest makes of magnifiers, voice recorders, using AT such as an iPad to take notes, read textbooks, do homework etc.

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Hi guys. I am looking for someone to basically help me with getting Voice Dream set up on the iPad and also help on how to use it properly. I know a lot about the workings of apps on an iPad but some are still new to me.

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Hi everyone. My mane is Shauna and I am 21 years old. I have been vision impaired since birth but over the years my independence has very much increased with the help of the aids I have received through the NCBI and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. I got introduced to technology from a very early age and therefore started using it in primary school. I first got introduced to different types of magnifier such as dome magnifiers and magnifying sheets. As I got older I got introduced to zoom text on the laptop and also the ash technology distance camera and magnifier which allowed me to view the blackboard and to enlarge my textbooks. I found these devices very helpful at the time. When I began secondary school I received an opti verso distance camera but I was not pleased with it at all. The problem was that it required a laptop in order to work and the camera was connected to the laptop. However the laptop I received in secondary school was in less than acceptable condition and kept breaking down all the time. This frustrated me hugely as my SNA didn’t really care at the time that I was struggling to see the board and refused to help me out when I required help. My time in secondary school was an exhausting struggle coping with less than effective technology right up until I finished my leaving cert. When I began my studies at UCC things started looking up.
Continue Reading Shauna Humphries ~ My Story

    I have been a client with NCBI since early childhood and I have been a client with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind since the age of about 14 when I first began my second level education. I attended my first residential class at the Irish Guide Dogs training centre in Cork when I completed Transition Year. This course was a pre college course designed to prepare students early for the difficult transition to University. It taught me a lot with regards to discovering new technology which would be helpful for somebody with a vision impairment like myself such as iPads, iPhones, and Bluetooth keyboards. We also visited UCC Campus and got to know the area a little bit and also met some of the staff. Having done this course I was able to discuss what I had learnt about various technology and aids with other friends of mine with a vision impairment who would have been unaware of the aids that were available.
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