GADGETS to help visually impaired people live independently were put on show by a support group this week.
A demonstration event was held on Monday at Wakefield District Sight Aid (WDSA), which carries out home visits and helps blind people access equipment, benefits and other services.
It was attended by Mayor of Wakefield Coun Elaine Blezard, who drew 20 raffle prize winners at the demonstration.
Talking watches and kitchen heat sensors were among the gadgets on show at the event at the Parkside Centre, Leeds Road, Outwood.
Digital reading devices, which scan written material and display it in large print on televisions in the home, were also on display.
Pam Walters, chief executive of WDSA, said: “People can feel very isolated, and to not be able to pick up a book and read it when you have been an avid reader is one of the biggest problems people have.”
Some equipment, including safety devices for the home, is supplied for free by WDSA on behalf of Wakefield Council.
Liquid level indicators, which attach to a cup and bleep when it is full of hot water, help blind people avoid burning themselves in the kitchen.
Talking clocks are also available from WDSA, which has partnerships with businesses that manufacture equipment for blind people.
WDSA will hold another demonstration event on Monday, January 21 from 10.30am-2pm.
For more information, telephone 01924 215555 or log on to www.wrba.org.uk