Roadshow for visually impaired in Sidmouth

Trying the technology at the Devon in Sight roadshow

Trying the technology at the Devon in Sight roadshow - Credit: Archant

Crowds gathered at a roadshow in Sidmouth for demonstrations of the latest innovations to help people with visual impairments last Saturday.

Organiser Ben Gavan, from Devon in Sight, hailed the event at the St John’s Ambulance Hall as a success for sharing the latest technology and introducing support organisations.

He said: “We were delighted that so many people took time out of their busy weekends to visit us and discover what we and other organisations can offer people with visual impairments.”

Visitors could try high-definition magnifiers and reading machines, and meet the people offering guide dogs and talking newspapers.

Carol Pentecost from Sidmouth Library was also on hand to demonstrate the new Playaway spoken word books.

The charity has a resource centre in Station Road, Topsham, that is open for drop-in sessions or appointments.