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Summary of OAB Services

OAB works, in collaboration with the Visual Impairment Team of Social & Community Services, the Oxford Eye Hospital, the Sensory Services Team of the

Education Department and the other agencies and groups in Oxfordshire, to support sight impaired people and their carers in Oxfordshire.

In summary we provide:

–  Advice and Information – on any matter relating to sight impairment.

 Emotional Support and Professional Counselling to sight impaired people who are distressed with the situation in which they find themselves.

–  Specialist Equipment Demonstration – an opportunity to try out a wide range of specialist equipment, which may help a person to live a more independent life.

–  Free 2nd hand equipment provision – we are often able to provide free of charge, electronically tested equipment which has been donated to us, to people who would otherwise not be able to afford to purchase the equipment.

–  Sight Advisory Service at the Eye Hospital information and signposting to sight impaired patients who are attending appointments at the Ophthalmology Department of the John Radcliffe Hospital. 12

Home Visiting – home visits, by trained volunteers, to offer practical support to people in and around Oxford, Kidlington and Abingdon.

Social Groups – a chance to meet other people with similar difficulties.

Technology – information and training sessions in using computers, tablets, smartphones and other technologies, for sight impaired people.

Radio/CD/Cassette Players – provision of sets to people who meet the criteria of the Wireless for the Blind Fund.

Practical Sessions – Opportunities for groups to try out specialist equipment with guidance on retaining independence and cooking for fun sessions.

Children, Young People and Families – individual information and activity programme.

Newsletter – of useful information in large print and listening versions.

Training – for organisations whose staff would benefit from being skilled in assisting a sight impaired person.

Website – of useful information:

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Fundraising – of course all of these services have a cost. If you would like to donate to one or all of these services, or assist us with fundraising, please do give us a call. We do not receive any grants from the government or the national charities for sight impairment.