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The Association’s three Community Workers are all trained to provide what is called a Low Vision Aid service which embraces a broad family of hand held LED lit magnifiers to cover all common daily living needs, as well as some more sophisticated hand held electronic magnifiers. They are able to come to client’s homes, discuss an individual’s needs, and do a full demonstration from their extensive range of magnifiers, after which they can arrange for purchase and delivery.

There are also a significant number of daily living aids that can be provided to help visually impaired members maintain an active independence. The prices of these can vary from the very reasonable, for things such as liquid level indicators and talking wrist watches (Please click HERE for some pictures of these devices), to the not so reasonable for sophisticated items such as document readers (also known as CCTVs). In between, there are a large number of middle priced items that will help with daily requirements both at home and on the move. The range of aids available is changing all the time as technology moves forward apace. Our Community Workers are conversant with a large number of these and having assessed the client’s needs are able to demonstrate or arrange for a demonstration of equipment in the client's homes. Once a decision to purchase has been made, the Community Workers can arrange for equipment to be ordered, delivered, installed (if necessary) and demonstrated for a client. The Association's policy is to encourage clients to pay for their own equipment where practical but where exceptionally this is not the case, a grant may be considered.

There are two places in East Suffolk where you can see and try out a range of daily living aids. These are at:

The Waveney Centre for Independent Living
161 Rotterdam Road,
Tel: 01502 405454

Ipswich Blind Society
19 Tower St
Ipswich IP1 3BE
Tel: 01473 219712

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