New skills for blind veterans

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Blind veterans have been able to use the internet and social media for the first time and are now looking forward to connecting with friends around the world – thanks to a Sheffield centre.

Veterans were talked through how to use social media sites including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on a course run by Synapptic, a provider of IT equipment for the visually impaired.

It was held at the Sheffield centre of Blind Veterans UK in Ranmoor, a national organisation which helps blind ex-servicemen and women.

Peter Bartholomew, born and raised in Sheffield, who joined the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment (TA) in March 1963 but was discharged two years later due to sight problems, was one of those on the course.

He said: “The course was extremely helpful. I will get so much out of being able to use websites such as YouTube which I was not able to use before.”

Peter Warren, 80, said the course would ‘make a big difference to my life’.