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.
Recommended Android app - Whistle to find
Kieran our O2 Guru at the Dewsbury store demonstrates how to use the Whistle to find app.READ MORE
Recommended Android app - Visor
Our O2 Guru Adam from Skipton demonstrates how to use VisorREAD MORE
Talk Direct project iCare at the Partially Sighted Society's sight conference
Our very own Mark Skelton will be talking about the Talk Direct project iCare at the Partially Sighted Society's sight conference.READ MORE
Recommended IOS app - Seeing A.I
Rebecca from our O2 store in the Merrion Centre demonstrates how to use the IOS app Seeing A.I.READ MORE
Recommended Android app - Text Fairy
Our O2 Guru Edward demonstrates how to use Text fairyREAD MORE
iOS App - Visual Acuity
Our O2 Guru at Scarborough Marcus demonstrates how to use the app Visual Acuity.READ MORE
Talk Direct attend the Doncaster Deaf Trust College
Talk Direct were asked to attend the Doncaster Deaf Trust College to help their students.READ MORE
Talk Direct continues its work in the community
Talk Direct continues its work in the community by visiting the Doncaster Deaf TrustREAD MORE
Recommended Android app - CamFind
Our O2 Guru Ed demonstrates how to use the CamFind appREAD MORE
Recommended IOS app - Sound Alert
Our O2 Guru James demonstrates how to use the app Sound Alert with the use of subtitles for our customers who have impaired hearing.READ MORE
Recommended App - Google Translate
Rebecca our O2 Guru at the Headingley store demonstrates how to use Google Translate.READ MORE
Recommended IOS app - VocalEyes
Our O2 Guru at Junction 32 Phil demonstrates how to use the VocalEyes app.READ MORE