Vision aids, equipment and resources

There is a large amount of equipment that can be useful for people with sight loss. We can assess your equipment needs, provide equipment for people in need of our resources, or help you to find the right supplier.

We can also give advice and information about using low vision aids effectively. For more information, contact Adult Social Care.

Reading resources

There are a number of ways to access talking books, newspapers and magazines that are designed to help meet your reading needs.

Royal Greenwich library services

Royal Borough of Greenwich libraries have a selection of books on cassette and CD, as well as large print books. Our home library service is able to deliver books to people who cannot travel to their nearest library without assistance.

Greenwich Talking Newspaper

The Greenwich Talking newspaper, part of the Talking Newspaper Federation, is a digest of news reports and letters taken from local newspapers in Royal Greenwich. It is free of charge and comes once a week as a 90-minute cassette tape.

RNIB big print and talking books

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) produces a large-print weekly newspaper with national and world news and feature pages, sports coverage, a crossword and a weekly TV and radio listings supplement. It also has a library of professionally recorded audio books that can be delivered to your door.

We can pay the subscription for people who are on our register of blind and partially sighted people.

Computer-aided study

London South East Colleges runs an introductory course for visually impaired people on using specialist computer software to make studying easier. The course teaches people how to use a computer with screen magnification, or a voice programme that acts as a screen reader. People are also shown how to use adapted keyboard controls rather than a mouse.

After finishing the course, people are encouraged to study further. Assistance can often be provided by the college to make it possible for visually impaired people to study.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also offers training and study information for people with visual impairments.