My name is Mark Skelton and I am the ambassador for Talk Directs project iCare which was founded in April 2014. The aim of the project is to help the visually impaired community improve their daily lives with the help of digital technology, i.e. smartphone or tablet devices. I am very passionate about my role as I am registered blind myself and know only to well what a difference digital technology can make. If I didn't use a smart phone or tablet myself I would struggle to read a simple message or even write a short note. We have worked hard to make sure we can hopefully find a solution to help anyone with any level of visual impairment and have had some great success stories along the way.
In our stores we have an O2 Guru who has the technical knowledge on how to get the best out of a device so that people suffering from low vision can still communicate with family and friends. Simple options such as voice over functions and magnification settings can make a world of difference. They will also happily show people how to use apps that can increase the benefits of a device. For example, I use an app where I can download a talking book which is narrated by the author. On a standard phone I would not be able to do any of the above so making a simple phone call would be a huge struggle.
Since we started the project it has really helped people stay in contact and some of our clients have had secondary disabilities but we have always managed to find a solution for their needs. During the early period we have built up a great working relationship with Royal Society for the Blind, Yorkshire Guide Dogs and Action for the Blind. Our work with Action for the Blind saw Talk Direct be the first Yorkshire company ever win the 'see the capability not the disability award'. We currently visit all local visually impaired charities and support groups to show their service users just what we and technology can do to help them. These visits have proved tremendously popular and if you feel you may benefit from this service please get in touch.
Our main aim for the future is to continue working with these great companies and to provide support in our stores so the visually impaired can embrace technology so that it can help people in day to day life.
Partially Sighted Society Doncaster Branch Visit from O2 Crystal Peaks
On Friday 21st February, Mark Skelton and our Guru Sam Howarth from O2 Crystal Peaks visited the Partially Sighted Society’s branch in Doncaster to support a course for people who have recently lost their sight.READ MORE
Mark Skelton Highly Commended At The RNIB See The Difference Awards
On 26th November 2019, Mark was honoured to be highly commended by the RNIB at their first ever See The Difference Awards.READ MORE
Talk To The Royal Society for the Blind and the Rotherham Sight and Sound
On 20th November, Mark Skelton was invited to the New York Stadium in Rotherham to speak on behalf of two charities to local business about being visually impaired.READ MORE
Rotherham Sight And Sound - Business Networking Event
Talk Direct are happy to announce that they will be supporting the Rotherham Sight and Sound business network evening on Wednesday 20th November 2019.READ MORE
O2 Guru Event at SRSB
Talk Direct will be holding an O2 Guru event at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind on Monday 14th October 2019.READ MORE
Live Transcribe App For Android
Phil our O2 Guru at O2 Junction 32 Castleford talks about Live Transcribe app for Android phones.READ MORE
Assistive Touch App For Android
Ed our O2 Guru at O2 Washington talks you through the Assistive Touch app for Android phones.READ MORE
Envision App - Let your camera speak to you
Rebecca our O2 Guru at O2 Leeds Merion Centre talks you through the Envision app.READ MORE
Doncaster Deaf Trust
On 14th February Mark Skelton and Fran Reay spent a day at the Doncaster deaf trust speaking to students on the colleges employability course.READ MORE
Mark Skelton Interview on RNIB Connect Radio
RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Mark Skelton.READ MORE
Skills Fair 2019
On the 7th February Talk Direct were invited to take part in a skills fair for 15 -16 year old students, to offer our help and support and guide them in the right direction to help make the right career or further study choices once they have left school.READ MORE
Accessibilty tips for Android Phones
Our O2 Guru at Worksop James discuss accessibilty tips for Android phones.READ MORE