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SIGHT VILLAGE BIRMINGHAM CELEBRATES 21 YEARS WITH WIDER VISITOR APPEAL Leading exhibition for visually impaired is at New Bingley Hall, 15-16 July 2014


Disability North


DNEX Exhibition


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Newcastle Racecourse High Gosforth,


Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HP


17th and 18th September 2014 Opening Times Wednesday 17th September 10:00am to 5:00pm


Thursday 18th September 10:00am to 4:00pm


(last admission 3:00pm). Tel: 0191 284 0480


E: events@disabilitynorth.org.uk www.disabilitynorth.org.uk


@disabilitynorth Disability North


HE LATEST products, services and technologies to help visually impaired and partially sighted people will be on show at


the free-to-enter Sight Village Birmingham exhibition, held at New Bingley Hall, Hockley on 15th and 16th July. The exhibition, widely acknowledged as one of the leading showcases for technology and service innovation for the visually impaired community, is now in its 21st year and looking forward to its most successful show so far. This year the show is also reaching out to


members of the general public who do not consider themselves visually impaired, but would perhaps benefit from help with failing sight and conditions such as macular degeneration. “Our Birmingham event draws visitors from far


and wide who know that the service or technology they are searching for will be on show there,” said Ray Piggott, Director of Business Development at Queen Alexandra College, which stages the event. “We’re also looking to attract a wider audience


who could benefit from some of the technologies on show: people who are getting older and have noticed their sight worsening to the extent that reading aids for books and computer screens, for example, could be a real help.” Last year Sight Village Birmingham saw


approaching 2000 visitors, a figure the organisers are hoping to beat for the 21st anniversary show. Highlights this year include the launch of the


new Blaze EZ digital recorder and media player which can now read back documents and books; the new VarioUltra braille display device that can connect to smartphones and other devices; and a demonstration by Barclays bank of its audio cash machines. Sight Village Birmingham’s key sponsors


include Sight and Sound Technology and Olympus, with exhibitors including Barclays Bank, Dolphin Computer Access, Optima Low Vision Services, Pamtrad and VisionAid Technologies also using the event to showcase their latest products and services. Sight Village Birmingham opens from 10am to


4pm on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th July at New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham B18 5PP. For more details, call 0121 428 5041, visit www.qacsightvillage.org.uk or Google ‘Sight Village Birmingham’.


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