Breaking through barriers to disabled

SIR - The government s Digital Britain report, promising to make broadband available to every UK home by 2012, is an important step forward in helping blind and partially sighted people to play their full part in the British economy. But that s only half

SIR - The government's Digital Britain report, promising to make broadband available to every UK home by 2012, is an important step forward in helping blind and partially sighted people to play their full part in the British economy.But that's only half the story.Guide Dogs is a pioneer in using new technology to help people with disabilities break through the barriers they face every day.And our experience shows that much thought needs to go into how the broadband potential is to be realised.For example, all of our visually impaired volunteers and employees have software "readers" that allow them to access their computers in general and their email specifically, even when they are away from their homes or base offices.Britain is a leader in software innovation. The Digital Britain report offers a great deal of potential for new opportunities.So let's hit the return button and get on with the business of changing the world - for the better.Bridget Warr,Chief Executive,Guide Dogs.


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