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RNC Open Day

Featured event: 20 October 2012 – ‘Have a Go’ Experience at The Royal National College for the Blind, the UK’s leading college of Further Education for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October 2012 (Arrive 12 noon, Saturday and depart 5pm, Sunday) Are you thinking about going to College next year or the year after, but aren’t sure what you want to study? Join us for a weekend of fun to help you decide which course might be right for you.

The RNC Experience includes:
. Sport and Recreation
. Media and Music Technology
. Performing Arts
. Art, Design and Ceramics
. Massage and Complementary Therapy
. Business
. Living away from home -Developing independence

FREE to all young people with sight loss, aged 14-16 En suite accommodation, activities, food, refreshments, 24 hour support – all provided FREE OF CHARGE

Parents and Guardians – don’t miss out
FREE accommodation is available for an accompanying adult to stay over. – why not take advantage of our gym and spa in thePoint4 (RNC’s multi-million sports centre) or explore the historic city of Hereford and the surrounding Wye Valley.

For more information and a booking form please call RNC’s Enquiry Line on 01432 376621 or email


We are looking at organising a number of fundraising events in order to purchase the following printer.  This is with the aim of producing documents that contain tactile graphics for blind and partially sighted people to understand visual layout.
If you feel able to assist in this fundraising objective to raise in the region of £4,000; please contact me or one of the committee members.

Introducing Phoenix, the World’s first multi-function Braille and Tactile Graphics
Imagine the ability to scan your pictures, graphs and charts into your computer and with a few clicks of the mouse, emboss those images in high definition tactile graphics without compromising the quality of your Braille text.
This is now possible with the Phoenix Embosser and Firebird Software Suite (included with the Phoenix) available from Enabling Technologies!
The Phoenix is our ninth generation of Braille embossing technology that combines our durable and legendary Romeo Braille Dot with a proprietary 25 DPI tactile graphics embossing system. All in one embosser! Now, there is no longer a need to settle for poor quality Braille text to achieve high definition tactile graphics, as is the case with most other products on the market.
The Firebird Software Suite, included with the Phoenix, is a comprehensive set of productivity tools that powers the Phoenix Embosser. The Firebird Software Suite includes the Firebird Transcriber that is a high quality, intuitive Braille translator and the Firebird Graphics Editor that provides you with a comprehensive list of automatic tools to effortlessly create tactile graphic images. (The Phoenix Embosser is also compatible with your existing Braille translator).
The Phoenix Embosser employs two separate embossing heads. One embossing head produces high quality single sided standard LOC Braille AND Dynamic Braille Scaling (DBS). In addition to producing LOC Braille, DBS will allow you to produce Braille in other formats including Jumbo, Petite, CA sign, and Marburg.
One embossing head produces super high resolution Braille graphics up to 25 DPI.
The Phoenix comes with a limited factory warranty* of one-year or 75,000 pages, USB
cable, line cord, Quick Setup Guide, CD-ROM with user manual, printer driver, Firebird
Software Suite, User Interface Application, toll-free customer support and/or email
support. Annual Service Maintenance Agreements (SMA) for the Phoenix are also available for purchase.

Interesting Events For Book Readers

Information on two events coming up soon.


2. Author Event

Andy McNab will be talking about his life story and his brand new thriller, Red Notice.

Huddersfield Town Hall, Monday 11th June 7.30pm.

Tickets are available for £2 from any Kirklees Box Office.


3. Lunchtime Club

Bamforth and Co, Saucy Postcards. A talk by Katina Bill, Kirklees Museums and Galleries.

Wed May 16th, 1pm in the Light Reading Room, Huddersfield Library. Chat over coffee about your memories of life since 1952. Bring photos and memorabilia.

Free refreshments. Call 01484 221965 for more details.



Jubilee Celebrations in London Ballot

On the afternoon of Tuesday 5th June, the Queen will undertake a ceremonial procession from the Palace of Westminster to Buckingham Palace as part of Her celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee. Along the route of that procession there will be a number of accessible viewing spaces reserved for wheelchair users and their assistants/carers, and those spaces will be allocated by ballot. The ballot is open to Blue Badge holders and will close this Sunday, 29th April. Full details of the arrangements, including how to apply for the ballot, can be found on the Department of Culture, Media & Sport website here:

Event announcement

The third of 3 monthly IPhone/IPad Awareness Days’ will be taking place at Voluntary Action Kirklees on Friday 11th May, 2012 between 11 am & 3 pm.

Everyone welcome. Just come, if it’s only for a cup of coffee and a chat about ways of combatting sight loss!

Voluntary Action Kirklees,
15 Lord Street
Huddersfield HD1 1QB
(Just below the Parish Church & next door to Methodist Mission)