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NEW PRODUCT

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Synapptic Easy-to use Phones & Tablets

A range of easy-to-use smart Samsung Phones and Tablets with built-in speech and magnification.

With Synapptic you can have access to the latest easy-to-use technology, via a Tablet Computer or Mobile phone. so whether you’re on the move or relaxing at home, these stylish portable devices make keeping up-to-date easy and fun.

Packages

The Carbon PhoneCarbon Phone
Compact, entry-level smartphone, ideal if you’re on a budget and looking for all the basic features of a Smartphone. Great for communicating and social networking with friends and family and accessing the Internet while you’re on the move. Not suitable for entertainment features such as digital TV or for hand-held video magnification features.

Price: £199.00

Graphite Phone
The Graphite phoneCompact mid-range Smartphone which is a great all-rounder if budget is less of an issue. Ideal if you want to access all the entertainment and communication features of Synapptic software, together with the benefits of our basic hand-held video magnifier, for reading text while you’re out and about. The powerful dual-core processor means that you can complete tasks more quickly and a larger touch screen makes it easier to find your way around the features you need.

Diamond Phone

The Diamond Range
LEFT:4 Inch — Centre: 5 Inch — RIGHT: 6 Inch

Premium quality mobile phones available in 4, 5 and 6 inch ultra-bright, high contrast display.

The Diamond is a premium, fully featured smartphone. It uses the most advanced screen technology available, producing an ultra-bright, high contrast display. Ideal for low vision users who rely heavily on screen magnification features, or anyone wanting a high specification, future-proof device. The Diamond also offers the best in both communication and entertainment features, combining highly powerful processor speeds with premium quality streaming of TV/radio programmes and films through the internet.

Prices: 4 Inch £440.00.   5 Inch £595.00.  6 Inch £695.00

Chromium 7 Inch Tablet
The Chromium TabletA premium quality tablet with powerful functionality and a large screen. Ideal if you want to make text bigger on-screen, or watch your favourite TV channel or film, whether you’re on the move or curled up in bed. No bigger than an average book, this tablet is thin, light and portable enough to take wherever you go.

Price: 375.00

Titanium Tablet
The Titanium TabletOffering all the functions of the Chromium tablet, while giving you maximum screen size, this tablet also has front-facing stereo speakers, giving excellent sound quality. Its larger screen size is also ideal if you want bigger icons and text on-screen, for easier navigation.

Price: £475.00

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eMAG 43

Professional Low Vision – Especially designed for low vision users with large buttons for easy use!

The perfect reading aid for home and on the go – powerful, lightweight, compact and mobile! The eMag 43 with its folding handle at first glance looks like a traditional magnifying glass, but offers much more and is very easy to operate. Providing all of the functions of its little brother eMag 35, the eMag 43 has a larger display and remains so unobtrusive that it easily slips into a pocket or hand bag as the perfect companion wherever you go.

ASPIRE CONSULTANCY highly recommends the eMag 43, especially if the user is a big reader and a bit of a “technophobe”. The handle gives the user a full view of the screen (no hands or fingers blocking) freeing the other hand. Its large buttons are self-explanatory for any age. The eMag 43 is what we regard as the best electronic magnifier on the market.

Convenient handle
Instant use: the eMag 43 can either be held in a hand with the handle extended or positioned directly over an object when the handle is folded under the unit and acts as a spacer. The autofocus accommodates an object distance between 13 and 76 mm.

All functions at the touch of a button
Each of the video magnifier’s functions can be controlled by an easily accessible coloured button. Turning the unit on, adjusting to the necessary magnification (2 to 14x), the viewing mode (full colour and 4 additional contrast enhancing viewing options are available) and the snapshot function are all operated by convenient separate function buttons.

Rechargeable or disposable batteries
The automatic turn-off function conserves the included rechargeable batteries. They can also be exchanged with standard disposable batteries which facilitates using it on the go and increasing independence. Furthermore the eMag 43 can also be operated while it is being charged.

 

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Death of Guide Dogs stalwart John Bailey

Death of Guide Dogs stalwart John Bailey

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who dedicated much of his life to helping blind people.
John William Bailey, of Haxby, near York, who was the former national appeals director of Guide Dogs For The Blind, died aged 81.
Mr Bailey, who moved to York in the early 1960s, was born and grew up in Liverpool where he inherited a love of Everton Football Club.
His other great passion developed after losing his sight at the age of 28, when his work for Guide Dogs For The Blind began in earnest.
Mr Bailey was known as a generous man who committed himself to everything he started. These attributes became of great benefit to the Guide Dogs charity to which he devoted much of his life.
His son, Howard, said Mr Bailey remained fiercely independent after losing his sight. On one occasion, when invited to give a lecture on guide dogs in Japan, he memorised his 12-page speech by heart.
In his younger years he joined his brother in Canada, working in administration for the Hudson Bay Company, and intended to emigrate there but returned to complete his National Service. It was on a later visit to Canada he lost his sight, and returned to England for treatment and the rehabilitation process.
In 1954, he married Irene Joyce and became a father when Howard was born in 1956.
Mr Bailey was appeals director for the north east branch of Guide Dogs For The Blind for 25 years, even running the office from the front room of his house for 15 of those years.
He not only raised funds for the cause but offered support to local volunteers, helping them to raise funds themselves.
He spent hours travelling the country, from the Scottish Borders down to Cambridge, working tirelessly for the charity.
His wife, who died in 2002, acted as his driver and secretary, allowing him to perform his role so passionately. He moved to the national office of Guide Dogs for the Blind as appeals director, and lived in Windsor for a while although York remained his home.
A celebration of Mr Bailey’s life will be held at York Crematorium at 10.20am on Tuesday, April 23.

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Not asking you to buy tickets just pointing out it is run by Action For Blind People. Check out one of the prizes
By buying Action for Blind People’s raffle tickets you are helping to fund crucial services and support for blind and partially sighted people you could win one of 15 fabulous prizes including £7,000 cash or a VW up!

i can just See it now Blind and cruising down the A1 at the wheel of a VW up lol

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Aspire adds new product to its catalogue

ALTO 2 MOBILE PHONE
Let the Alto 2 mobile read to you with its built-in talking features. On-screen information is spoken and you’ll also hear key presses. Scroll through your contact list and hear names read out, open a text message and Alto 2 will read it to you. Writing text messages is just as easy as each letter is read aloud.

Hit the right button every time with the well designed colour coded buttons, large, well spaced number keypad and simple menus. Its bright case makes the Alto 2 standout and easily spotted. Available in blue, orange or dark grey.

Product details
•choose either a male or female voice
•incoming calls announce names stored in the phonebook
•adjust the speech speed between 85 and 120 per cent
•compatible for use with hearing aids with a rating of M3/T3
•supplied with desk stand for easy recharging

Phone features
•store up to 200 contacts in the phonebook
•built-in hands free speakerphone
•alarm clock
•emergency call feature. Programme up to three emergency numbers. Press and hold the emergency button the phone will automatically begin dialling each number in turn until a call is answered.

Font sizes
•typed numbers displayed in 24 point font (6mm)
•text messages displayed in 12 point font (3mm)
•black number keypad buttons with white numbers in 20 point font (5mm)

Technical specifications
•choice of Nuance RealSpeak English voices – Daniel and Serena
•English and five other languages built-in: French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian
•three ring tones and vibration alert
•quad band GSM mobile phone enabling worldwide use
•battery standby time up to 10 days and talk time up to 5 hours
•supplied with desk stand, T-mobile SIM card, mains charger and handsfree earpiece.

Dimensions: Height:2cm (0.79″) Width:5.2cm (2.05″) Depth:10cm (3.94″)
cotact Aspire for price of product

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Training Services

Training Services
Aspire offers bespoke training in a range of mainstream and assistive software packages.

Before delivering training we will always liaise with the client in order to establish what computer system, software and access technology they are using if we have not supplied it, their level of knowledge of the product, and what they wish to gain from the training.
Product Training
Training is provided for the following:

•Jaws
•Hal
•Lunar
•Supernova
•ZoomText
•Guide
•Cicero
•Open Book
•Kurzwel 1000
•Braille Note Takers
•Microsoft Word
•Microsoft Outlook Express
•The Internet

Aspire also offers training over the Internet using Skype. Please contact us for details of costs.

Dolphin Approved
Aspire is a Dolphin trained and approved trainer.

Assessment and Training Rates
Corporate clients

•Half day = £295.00 (3 hours)
•Full day = £395.00 (6 hours)
Prices exclude VAT. No charge is made for travel etc.

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refurbished braill lite milenium 40

your chance to own a refurbished braill lite milenium 40 for only £750 or best offer. please contact Aspire at [email protected] if interested

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Lowest of the low:

Lowest of the low: Taxi driver cheated blind woman out of £300 after she asked for help using her cash card to pay for fare
Shafak Hussain, 36, took advantage of regular passenger Jill Holland
He was taking her back to her home in Oldham from hospital

A callous taxi driver stole £300 from a blind woman after she asked him to help get money from a cash machine to pay the fare.
Shafak Hussain, 36, had picked Jill Holland, 52, up from Manchester Royal Infirmary and was taking her back to her home in Oldham when she asked to stop at a cashpoint.
When she asked him to key in £30 Hussain pressed £300 instead – giving Mrs Holland only the money she asked for and pocketing the rest, a court heard.

Lowest of the low: Taxi driver cheated blind woman out of £300 after she asked for help using her cash card to pay for fare
Shafak Hussain, 36, took advantage of regular passenger Jill Holland
He was taking her back to her home in Oldham from hospital
Found guilty by magistrates and given four-month suspended sentence

A callous taxi driver stole £300 from a blind woman after she asked him to help get money from a cash machine to pay the fare.
Shafak Hussain, 36, had picked Jill Holland, 52, up from Manchester Royal Infirmary and was taking her back to her home in Oldham when she asked to stop at a cashpoint.
When she asked him to key in £30 Hussain pressed £300 instead – giving Mrs Holland only the money she asked for and pocketing the rest, a court heard.

A regular of Hussain’s taxi company Motown cars, Mrs Holland even gave him a £4 tip as well as the fare when he eventually dropped her home.
But the next day she became suspicious of what had happened and rang her bank who revealed the £300 withdrawal.
Father-of-two Hussain denied the accusation but was found guilty after a trial at Manchester Magistrates Court last month.
He claimed he had taken the £300 out of the account with Miss Holland’s full knowledge and given it to her.
Dominic Geelan, prosecuting, said: ‘When arrested he was uncooperative and aggressive and accused the police of being racist.’
The court heard that following the offence, on August 5, Hussain had been shunned by colleagues at Motown cars who were disgusted by his actions. He has since had his licence revoked.
District Judge Paul Richardson told Hussain: ‘I am glad to say you will never work again as a taxi driver. Generally such drivers are worthy of the trust put in them – but you are not.
‘This was a very mean offence. She relied on you and you betrayed her.’
Hussain, of Plymouth Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, was given a four month suspended prison sentence, ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and told he must repay the stolen money to Miss Holland.

Peter Etherall, defending, said Hussain continued to maintain his innocence and would be lodging an appeal against conviction and sentence.
After the case Hussain, who was ordered to pay £625 costs, said he had put his house up for sale to fund his appeal.