[AI] Fw: Welcome to Phone Watch 1 at RNIB on 30th July 2010

padmanabham padmanabam.muppa at gmail.com
Tue Jul 20 08:06:26 EDT 2010

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From: "Kaja, Kiran" <Kiran.Kaja at rnib.org.uk>
To: "The Accessible Phones Discussion List" <blindphones at mosenexplosion.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:11 PM
Subject: Welcome to Phone Watch 1 at RNIB on 30th July 2010

> Hi All,
> Some of you might be interested in the event below. Please email me off
> list with any questions so as not to clutter the list.
> Phone Watch 1
> Date: 30th July 2010
> Time: 5pm-7pm
> Location: RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London WC1H 9NE
> Room: Meeting Room 5 (lowerground floor)
> Organisers: Kiran Kaja email: kiran.kaja at rnib.org.uk. Tel: 0207 391 2044
> Andrew Ronksley email: andrew.ronksley at rnib.org.uk Tel: 0207 391 2191.
> For questions or comments about the event, please contact the organisers
> via email or by telephone.
> Accessibility of mobile phones and devices has generated a lot of
> interest among blind and partially sighted people in recent times.
> Compared to 5 or 6 years ago, the choice of accessible phones has
> significantly improved.
> in addition to 3rd party screen reading and screen magnification
> solutions for Symbian Series 60 based Nokia phones, we now have Apple
> iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 which have a screen reader and screen
> magnification software built-in, there by providing access out of the
> box at no extra cost. There are also accessibility solutions in
> development for Google's Android based smart phones and Blackberry
> devices from Research in Motion. With all these options and the mobile
> technology evolving continuously at a rapid pace, it is extremely
> important for end users with visual impairments to understand all the
> available alternatives to make an informed choice.
> Further, most mobile phones these days can perform a number of useful
> tasks other than voice calling and text messaging. These so called smart
> phones and super phones are capable of providing access to your diary,
> keep track of your tasks, provide satellite based navigation as well as
> double up as media players.
> Phone Watch is a series of short (about 2 hours each) and highly
> interactive sessions where we aim to provide end users with information
> and where ever possible, demonstrate all the latest developments in the
> field of mobile devices and technology. Additionally, we also aim to
> provide useful information and tips on how to make more use of your
> phone's capabilities. Since the sessions are highly interactive,
> participants are encouraged to exchange ideas and information which
> could perhaps be documented to benefit other end users with visual
> impairments.
> The first of these Phone Watch sessions will be held at RNIB's Judd
> Street office on Friday, the 30th of July from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. if
> you are interested in participating, please let the organisers know at
> the earliest as places are very limited.
> The provisional agenda for Phone Watch 1 is as follows:
> * Welcome and introduction to Phone Watch - Robin Spinks,
> Principal Manager, Digital Accessibility at RNIB.
> * Demonstration of Vodafone Speak, an on-demand, over the air
> screen reader for Symbian Series 60 mobile phones.
> * Overview of built-in Android Accessibility features and 3rd
> party custom accessibility tools.
> * Interactive demos.
> * iPhone and iPad apps to help partially sighted people use the
> internet.
> * Hands-on session.
> Please note this is a provisional agenda and is subject to change at
> short notice.
> Regards,
> Kiran Kaja
> Digital Accessibility Development Officer
> Royal National Institute of Blind People
> 105 Judd Street, London WC1h 9NE
> Telephone (Direct): +44 (0) 207 391 2044
> Mobile: +44 (0) 7508 23 73 80
> Email: kiran.kaja at rnib.org.uk
> www.rnib.org.uk
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