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VITES bites the Apple

image001It took nearly four months of planning and negotiation but on Wednesday 9 May, the VITES group made their first off-site visit.  The visit was arranged by Ideal for All with support from the Sandwell Council's sensory service.

The visit was to the Apple Store, Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull, and was the highlight of the VITES pilot scheme, which officially ended at the end of March.  Talks are currently underway for a re-launch of VITES, with the aim to come back bigger and better.

The VITES members braved the wind and torrential rainfall to have complimentary coffee and cakes from the Solihull Apple Team as well as a discussion about the new iPad and its accessibility features, which include VoiceOver - its screen-reader software and Zooms, their magnification software. These were ably demonstrated by the Apple Team, as well as a Question and Answer session on the range of Apple products

VITES was created in conjuction with Sandwell SVI and Sandwell MBC's Sensory Service.  The pilot scheme was launched on 20 Janaury and ran for 6 six sessions, bi-monthly.  In the nature of Ideal for All's services, VITES was created as a user-led group. Its aim was to  enable visually impaired people to share their knowledge and also find out about a range of electronic accessible equipment which is available to them, some of which is free.

Following VITES, several members have approached Ideal for All for additional IT support to enable independent living at home.

The success of VITES was reflected in its consistent attendance and all of the members are keen the the VITES scheme should continue and develop in the future.

Please keep looking at the IFA website for news regarding a relaunch of VITES.  If in the meantime, you have any queries regarding any equipment for visually impaired people please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Ideal for All on 0121 558 5555

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