Learning to use a computer can give blind veterans a brighter future. Technology is one of the most powerful tools we use to connect with the wider world.
Our instructors help veterans of all ages and abilities get to grips with the first steps. Training can involve anything from touch-typing to computer basics and helps veterans become confident computer users.
Several of our trainees have even gone on to careers in computing, while others just use them to keep in touch with family and friends, or to stay involved in local communities.
Veterans also run their own computer club which meets twice a year.
Using a computer without seeing
People often ask us about Braille keyboards. The short answer is that most people find it is easier to learn to touch-type on a regular keyboard. If someone can touch-type, they can use text-to-speech software to read pages out to them. You will very seldom see our trainees using the mouse: they can do everything faster and more efficiently with the keyboard.
You don't need a fancy computer either - just a few special programmes.
"Blind Veterans UK gave me back my life and started my career. Shortly after attending a computer course at the charity I enrolled at university to study a computer degree. I now work as a programmer for the BBC."
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