Jo and Mary

Image is of Jo and Mary are smiling and sitting on a sofa. Jo is holding an RNIB PenFriend.

Mary is 91 and has been on the sight loss register since April 2017. She has wet macular degeneration.

During the pandemic, our Digital Vision Service has been supporting Mary with using an Amazon Alexa. Mary says the items that she needs, and they get added to her daughter’s Alexa app on her shopping list.

Mary’s daughter Jo says “That means that mum can compile her shopping list as and when she thinks about it and I can do her shopping for her”.

Mary also uses the Amazon Alexa to find out the time, the weather, the sunrise, and sunset. Thanks to Vista’s Digital Vision Service team, Mary can confidently use the Amazon Alexa and she enjoys choosing and listening to her favourite radio programmes.  

Furthermore, our Digital Vision Service recently introduced an RNIB PenFriend to Mary. This technology allows her daughter Jo to record cooking instructions for Mary, as she is unable to see them. By having the cooking instructions on the Dot, Mary can listen to them and cook for herself.

Our Digital Buddy service has already helped so many visually impaired people to get the most out of their technology. If you’d like to find out more about this service, please contact Ian, Vista’s Digital Vision Project Officer on 07715 078845.