RNIB launches computer range for blind and partially-sighted

Almost two million people in the UK are affected by sight loss and every 15 minutes, someone begins to lose their sight.

Help is at hand for those who want to keep up with the tech world. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched its first range of accessible computers for people with sight loss.

Working together with Sight and Sound Technology and Freedom Scientific, RNIB  has launched five computer models with preloaded speech or screen magnification software.

The talking or magnifying computers are easy to set up, and come with tech support. With the latest JAWS speech or MAGic magnification software pre-installed it means that the computer is ready to go, straight out of the box.

Our aim was to provide blind and partially-sighted people with easy access to technology

Customers can ask for it to be tailored to arrive with the software 'switched on' making it accessible from the outset. The software can also be 'switched off' so that other family members can use it too.

Each computer has Microsoft installed as part of the package and the Business edition is available to purchase at the same time. Customers will have access to telephone support from Sight and Sound, and the RNIB Technology Support Squad is also on hand to help.

Steve Tyler from the RNIB, said: "Our aim is to provide blind and partially-sighted people with easy access to technology, at an affordable price. We hope these computers will open up a world of online shopping, chat, news and information to people living with sight loss."

Until 31 August 2015, you can get £50 off the computers. The special introductory price is £799 for a computer preloaded with JAWS, and £649 for a computer preloaded with MAGic. Find out more by visiting the online shop here or call 0303 123 9999.

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