The Exchange Club

Image of Exchange Club Members Albert Brown and Paul Griffith

This era of fast moving technology offers people who are visually impaired an opportunity to improve the quality of their communications with others, using such equipment as mobile phones with Talks, iPhones with voiceover and interface with laptops, etc.

The Exchange Club is a place for people living with different levels of vision loss to meet friends and help each other to get the best use of such technology.

Dublin

The Dublin Exchange Club meets on Monday mornings from 11am to 1pm, at the Insight Counselling Service at 3rd Floor, 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

Cork

The Cork Exchange Club meets every Saturday in Cork City Library between 11am and 12.30pm. However the club does not meet on bank holiday weekends or on the second Saturday of the month.  If you would like to talk with someone in advance of attending or simply to get a sense of what transpires you can phone Derry Walsh on 086 810 3412.

For more information and to get involved with the Exchange Clubs please contact John or Ann at 01 674 6496 or insight@fightingblindness.ie.

The Technology Reviewed

Initially, The Exchange Club focused on desktop issues and latterly has advanced the sessions to include laptops, iPads and mobile phones.

Specifically, topics covered to date have included:

  • Social Media Platforms;
  • iPhones;
  • Android Phones;
  • Tablets;
  • Apps (IOS, Android);
  • Troubleshooting;
  • Websites;
  • VI-friendly Tools and Features;
  • Instant Messaging

The Greatest Technology Breakthrough

This is considered to be the ability to fully join in with the global texting community, increasingly connected through technology.

The Wish List

The members of the Exchange Club would like to see:

  • All sites become WC3 compliant (as are Government websites generally);
  • The labelling of Apps (currently graphic ID only);
  • A greater understanding amongst providers that upgrades are not always compatible with the frequently hard-won existing visual impairment enabling solutions;
  • Dedicated call-centre agents who are specifically trained to understand the needs of and communicate the solutions for people with a visual impairment.

If you have any questions or helpful suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will pass them on to the group.

Members of the Exchange Club gave a fantastic presentation about accessible equipment and technologies at the Retina 2015 Public Engagement Day in Croke Park. Click here to read a summary of their talk.