Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

Latest News

News, events and information that we receive between our biannual newsletters.

Support KAB with some fundraising

The last 12 months have been a challenging time and we would like to raise some additional funds for the autumn social and for the first time we are having one big Christmas lunch across all our clubs. To help us finance both of these fantastic events we have set up a go fund me page, we would like to get this page shared as far and wide as possible and would welcome any donations however small. Please click on the link  or follow us on Facebook and Twitter where the link can be shared.  

Would you like to visit Buckingham Palace?

I am looking for people to visit  Buckingham Palace, for free, and use our descriptive audio guide, with a  willingness to feed back to me their experiences of the device  and content.If you are interested in x2 free  tickets to Buckingham Palace this summer please get in touch with your  preferred date and time. The Palace is open now until the 29  September.

If interested please contact Amy Stocker,  Access Manager. Email [email protected] Telephone 01753 493293. Alternatively if you would like to go but think you may need help with getting there then contact the office on 020 8605 0060 and we may be able to organise assistance for you.

Come and join us for the Sight and Sound Summer School!

We're delighted to announce a series of training  sessions, which we've called the Sight and Sound Summer School. We  realise that for many people, accessing training can be difficult and  costly, so we're making it as easy as possible by  delivering the sessions on line, using the very popular Zoom meetings  platform.

Zoom is highly  accessible, and allows you to join our sessions using your computer's  web browser, or, if you prefer, there are clients available for Windows,  Mac, iOS and Android.

If you don't feel like battling with apps and  software, you can join by using a standard telephone. You can find  dial-in numbers to join the meetings in your local country here.

All the details for joining each meeting are below, but please contact us on [email protected] or [email protected] if you encounter any difficulties.

Starting on 12th August and spread across 5 days, we’ll be covering a  range of solutions, with sessions on JAWS keyboard shortcuts, ZoomText,  Ruby magnifiers and Braille displays. Finishing with a surgery style  session you’ll have the chance to ask us any questions  you have on any of the Sight and Sound product range.

Sessions can be joined via the links below and run 3:00pm-4:30pm UK time as follows:

Monday August 12th
Sharpening your Shortcuts with Sharon Lyons or telephone meeting ID: 917965966

Tuesday August 13th
Exploring Ruby magnifiers with Ash Cross or telephone meeting ID: 115453003

Wednesday August 14th
Introducing Zoomtext Magnification software with Ruth Gallagher Carr or telephone meeting ID: 713455744

Thursday August 15th
Exploring the Focus Braille displays with Stuart Lawler or telephone meeting ID: 999247846

Friday August 16th
Sight and Sound Tech Surgery or telephone meeting ID: 855163952

Thank you


Sight and Sound

National Eye Health Week 23rd to 29th September 2019

This campaign aims to inspire and educate people on the importance of eye health and why they should go for regular sight tests.

Many people often fear losing vision; yet take minimal steps in caring for their eyes. This is what the National Eye Health Week aims to change.

Expert Patients Programme

Do you have a long-term health condition?

KCIL  and Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group will be running a 6 week  Expert Patients Programme at the United Reformed Church in Kingston on  Wednesday afternoons in September  and October from 2pm -4.30pm.

This  is a free self-management course that will give you the knowledge,  skills and support to effectively self-manage your condition and live  life to its full potential. The  programme welcomes anyone living with a long-term condition that may  impact on their quality of life for example: diabetes, heart disease,  MS, lung conditions, arthritis and other pain conditions, mental health  problems etc. The course is run by people who  have been through the course themselves.

If you are interested, please contact Lisa Ehlers from KCIL at [email protected] or Hans G Schrauder, EPP manager at the CCG on 020 3941 9857 or [email protected].