Ensuring blind children aren’t left out of the picture

by Aviva Community Fund | Feb 10, 2021 | Uncategorized

Ensuring blind children aren’t left out of the picture

The Aviva Community Fund helped Living Paintings raise £10,000 for their innovative project for a brighter future.

Living Paintings creates Touch to See books, which use raised images and immersive audio recordings to help blind and partially sighted people understand the world around them. Through their free postal library service, these unique books reach 15,500 people across the UK – including 8,000 children.

In their aim to help more people access their groundbreaking work, the charity recognised the potential for virtual reality to change the way blind and partially sighted people experience the visual world. With the right resources, they could develop VR technology in never-before-seen ways, taking the Touch to See experience into the future. But it would take funding and technical expertise to make it happen.

Living Paintings applied to the Aviva Community Fund – and raised £10,000.

30 years ago, we completely broke new ground in making it possible for blind and partially sighted people to see pictures,” explains Camilla Oldland, CEO at Living Paintings, “and now this project is looking at how we can take the next step. I believe that the use of virtual reality could really revolutionise the way that images can be made accessible to all blind and partially sighted people.”

With the funding secured, the charity is now working with Sky Arts and Factory42 to explore the possibilities of virtual reality sensory gloves.

The Aviva Community Fund has made it possible for us now to take this step into a whole new world, so it’s really exciting and we couldn’t do it without them,” Camilla says.

This ambitious project could help blind and partially sighted children and adults become more included in our visual world – an incredible vision for the future.

Do you need funding or support to see your project become a success? Apply for the Aviva Community Fund today.

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