Talk Talk Digital Heroes Award 2012
Roger Lewis from Lambeth has been selected as a London finalist for the Talk Talk Digital Heroes awards. Roger, who is blind, is the trainer at the DTVIP project at Tate South Lambeth Library, which helps VIPs (visually impaired people) use digital technology.
By age 75 nearly 60% of the population has an eye complaint and thousands of younger people are visually impaired. People with sight loss find it hard to get a job and are often afraid to go out so many become isolated and depressed. Yet there is very little public knowledge about - and access to - the fantastic assistive equipment which enables VIPs to stay connected, read and write, and use email and the internet. The equipment is also expensive so many people with sight loss cannot afford their own.
If Roger wins, the prize is £5,000 towards buying access technology for Tate South Lambeth Library so everyone in the community can use it. Children at a local primary school are already helping to make all the library keyboards accessible. We hope that the DTVIP pilot will inspire other libraries to make this equipment and knowledge available to all.
DTVIP is run by the community interest company Vauxhall CIC in partnership with Lambeth Libraries.
You can vote for Roger Lewis at www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes until 15th November.