Assistive Technology

Welcome to the Assistive Technology section of Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey website. Here you will find information about software and hardware which can assist you in the use of a Computer, Smart Phone, Tablet, Smart Speaker and more.

We employ an Assistive Technology Specialist, Gary Eady, who provides information, guidance, support and training in all aspects of ICT (Information and Communication Technology), in conjunction with specialist screen reading and/or screen magnification software. Gary has over 25 years’ experience of working with blind and partially sighted people and being blind himself, can fully understand the frustrations of trying to use technology with reduced vision.

Gary is able to support you with a wide range of specialist software and hardware solutions, including:

Screen Reading:

  • JAWS for Windows
  • SuperNova Screen Reader
  • NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)


Screen Magnification:

  • Windows Magnifier
  • SuperNova Magnifier with Speech
  • ZoomText with Speech
  • Dolphin Guide and Guide Connect


Smart Phones and Tablets:

  • Apple iPhone and iPad with VoiceOver (screen reader) and Siri
  • Android Smart Phone and Tablet with TalkBack (screen reader)
  • Specialist Apps for the Blind
  • Synapptic software
  • Blind Shell Classic Smart Phone


Smart Speakers:

  • Amazon Echo with Alexa
  • Google Home with Google Assistant


Employment Support:

Gary can also provide specialist support for those who are in employment and who may be struggling with their Assistive Technology. In addition, he can support by providing information on the government scheme Access To Work, which supports people with disabilities in the workplace.

ICT Volunteers:

Gary is also responsible for all ICT Volunteers who work for Sight For Surrey. He provides each volunteer with a hands-on introduction to Assistive Technology, as well as providing handouts on the subject of specialist technology. Our ICT Volunteers can offer support in the setup of a computer, Smart Phone or Tablet and Smart Speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. In addition, our ICT Volunteers can support in the areas of diagnosing and fixing problems with printers, broadband rooters and email accounts.

For further information, please contact Gary Eady, email: or by telephone on 01372 377701.