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Braille till overlay created for visually impaired charity shop workers

Braille till overlay created for visually impaired charity shop workers

IT service provider BMC Azurri has supported a charity to develop a Braille overlay for touchscreen till users in charity shops. This will give visually impaired staff and volunteers new and wider opportunities.

The Braille overlays are in use in the four shops run by the WESC Foundation, a complex educational and research centre. Since they were implemented many staff, volunteers and learners have gained new experiences in the charity’s retail operations.

The invention has been nominated for the Charity Times Award for best use of . The winners will be announced tomorrow.

Volunteer Harry uses the braille till overlay at a WESC Foundation shop

Volunteer Harry uses the braille till overlay at a WESC Foundation shop

BMC Azurri works with many charity organisations on developing new technology designed specifically around their requirements for their own staff and operations and for their clients and service users, including those with complex needs.

Alastair Petrie, General Manager of BMC Azurri, said:

“With National Braille Week just around the corner, we are keen to highlight the importance of developments and innovations such as this, which help businesses offer greater opportunities to braille users, and allow them to become more involved with their community”.

National Braille Week takes place from 5 -11 October 2015, coinciding with World Sight Day, and is organised by the charity Royal Blind.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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