Technology For Life - Full Conference Coverage

Listen to the audio from the Technology for Life conference which took place at Glasgow's Science Centre from 6-7 September 2012.

Conference Coverage - Day 1

Accessible Planetarium Show

Hold a tactile star ball (hemisphere) with the constellation patterns embossed onto it and will be guided through the astronomy of the sky with your fingertips.


Introduction To Workshops

John Legg, Director RNIB Scotland.


Workshop 1: Digital Arts and Personal Development

Patricia Glackin, Campaigns Officer RNIB NI, Harry Reid Campaigns Team Leader RNIB NI and Charlene Brunty, RNIB NI Digital Arts Summer School Participant.


Workshop 2: Improving, Integrating, Empowering and Innovating: Telehealthcare in Scotland towards 2020

Moira Mackenzie, Telecare Development Manager, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare and Alistair Hodgson, Research Policy Officer, Joint Improvement Team.


Workshop 3: Consumerization of IT - Enabling Technology For All

Graeme Campbell, Microsoft Business Manager – Enterprise Local Government and Public Safety (Scotland & IOM)


Workshop 4: Digital Education

George McLaughlin, Law Student University of Strathclyde


Civic Reception - Glasgow City Council

The Lord Provost of Glasgow's representative welcomes conference delegates to the city..


Conference Dinner - Speech 1

Kevin Carey, Chair of RNIB


Conference Dinner - Speech 2

George Kerscher - Secretary General of the Daisy Consortium


Conference Dinner - Speech 3

Anne McGuire MP - Shadow Minister for Disabled People


Conference Dinner - Speech 4

Prof Bernard Conway, Head of Department of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde


Conference Coverage - Day 2

Welcome & Introduction

John Legg, Director RNIB Scotland


Setting The Scene

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB


Keynote Address: Tools for Digital Inclusion

Jean MacLellan, Adult Care and Support Division Scottish Government


Digital Participation

Digital Participation For Everyone

Tom Lanigan, Microsoft Business Manager - Central Government & Health


City Perspective

Cllr Matt Kerr, Executive Member for Social Care Glasgow City Council


Inclusive Publishing, the Key to Accessible Digital Books

George Kerscher Ph.D., Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium


Breakout Sessions: Digital Access

Session 1: Travel Wayfinding – Current and Future

John Worsfold, Senior Accessibility Specialist RNIB


Session 2: Access to Shopping and Money

Steve Webb and Naomi Butters, Business and Partnership Development Executive RNIB


Session 3: TV & Radio

Richard Orme, Head of Accessibility RNIB


Session 4: Reading

Anna Jones, Development Manager Digital Media and Reading RNIB


Digital Care

Electronic referral and digital images: Scottish Eyecare Integration Project

Dr Roshini Sanders, National Clinical Lead Eyecare Integration Project Scotland


Visual Neuroprosthetics

Dr. Keith Mathieson, Reader University of Strathclyde


Keynote Address: Inclusive technology for older and disabled people

Prof Vicki L Hanson, Chair of Inclusive Technologies University of Dundee School of Computing


Digital Engagment

Older People and The Internet

Robin Spinks Principal Manager Digital Accessibility RNIB and Angela Edwards, Research Officer RNIB


Improving Scotland’s Digital infrastructure and Engagement

Alison Mitchell, Digital Team at the Scottish Government


Digital Engagement: An International Perspective. Can Scotland Lead The World In Digital Inclusion?

Stephen King, President of the DAISY Consortium


Digital Personalisation

Session 5: Users perspective: Young and Old

Ken Reid, Chair RNIB Scotland and Hussein Patwa, Technical Consultant


Session 6: Online - “Get Connected”

Michelle Herbert, Digital Inclusion Manager RNIB Cymru and Steven Scott and Allan Russell, Broadcast Producers Insight Radio


Session 7: Apps For Living

Robin Spinks Principal Manager Digital Accessibility RNIB and Steve Jacobs, CEO Apps4Android, Inc.


Session 8: Sensory Inclusion

Jean MacLellan, Adult Care and Support Division Scottish Government and Harry McQuillan, Trustee Action on Hearing Loss


Next Steps

Ken Reid, Chair of RNIB Scotland


The two-day international conference will explore how digital technology is transforming independent living for those with sensory impairments.

This conference is supported by the Scottish Government and will be especially important for the statutory, voluntary, technological and research sectors.

Listen to interviews from the Conference with our Extra Podcast

Image: RNIB Chair Kevin Carey addressing delegates

Image: Jean MacLellan from the Scottish Government

Image: Delegates enjoying lunch at Glasgow's Science Centre

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