Research Study Published

Dr. Kate Hamblin from the University of Oxford has just had the following research published.

SENSE – Keeping in touch with technology? Using telecare and assistive technology to support older people with dual sensory impairment.

‘Smart Glasses’ help with failing vision

Researchers from Oxford University say they’ve made a breakthrough in developing smart glasses for people with severe sight loss.

Read more on this story from the BBC website.

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Web Browser Modifier Effect Notes
Amaya ^ Ctrl or Alt Adjustable in preferences
Blazer None Element is activated immediately upon key press. No modifier is needed for this web browser used on mobile devices.
Camino ^ Ctrl
Chrome Alt on Windows, FreeBSD, and Linux (Note: Alt+ Shift is required in some circumstances)^ Ctrl + Opt on Mac Supported in versions of Chrome >2.x
Firefox Alt+ Shift on Windows, FreeBSD and Linux^ Ctrl on Mac (up to v14.0)
^ Ctrl+ Opt on Mac (v14.0.1 and higher)
Prior to version 2, Firefox used just Alt;
configurable via
Internet Explorer Alt Prior to IE8, Alt + Access Key focused on the element, but required Enter to be pressed in order to activate the element. This is still the case for hyperlinks in version 9. Alt+D cannot be used as an access key in IE 7 or above.
Konqueror ^ Ctrl The modifier key must be released before the regular key is pressed.
Opera None ( Shift+ Esc) must be pressed before The modifier key must be released before the regular key is pressed. Once the modifier key is released, browser lists the set of access keys on that page with action and user can hit the desired key. Configurable via Graphical user interface
Safari 3 ^ Ctrl for Mac Alt for Windows
Safari 4 and higher ^ Ctrl+ Opt on Mac Alt on Windows




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Oxfordshire RP Group

Article by Chris Turner.

Many of you reading this will probably wonder ‘what on earth is RP’. The letters stand for Retinitis Pigmentosa which put into words of understanding basically means you have a faulty gene which has affected your retina. Consequently you have failing eyesight particularly in poor light and darkness together with a restricted field of view. That is not quite how the doctors would put it, but that is what it amounts to.

Whilst in comparison with say Macular Degeneration, RP is not so well known there are sufficient people with the problem to justify a national organisation based in Buckingham.

I have RP myself and help to run a group which meets regularly either for musical events and talks also outings. We also raise funds for research into a cure for RP, via bucket collections and token appeals at local supermarkets and elsewhere.

Perhaps you and/or a friend or relative with RP may wish to join our friendly group and I would be delighted to hear from you.

I can be contacted on 01235 511044 or ‘’  – I think that e mail address sums up my attitude don’t you!?

Tech Talk

workshops focused on smartphones and tablets

If you are interested in learning more about the latest technology or would like an update on what’s new, come along to one of our Tech Talks. We’ll be demonstrating and discussing the latest apps, gadgets and gizmos for those with a visual impairment. We will be having 2 sessions, one at OAB in Oxford and one at the Didcot Civic Hall.

Thursday 22nd March OAB Bradbury Lodge,Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, OX1 4XL

Friday 23rd March Didcot Civic Hall, Northbourne room, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN

Both events are from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

To book a place on either session please contact Mark Upton on 01865 725595 or email