What is the impact of new technologies on people with visual impairments? 

Social scientists at the Open University are looking into the ways new technologies are changing the way we live in cities. As part of this research, they’re interested in how blind and partially sighted people use smartphones to help them get around Milton Keynes and beyond. Whether you use specialised apps like Blindsquare, or conventional apps like Google Maps, they’d like to hear from you.

If you are blind or partially sighted and live in and around Milton Keynes, you are invited to attend a focus group in the evening of Wednesday 21 June, from 6pm until 8pm at the Community Action: MK offices in Central Milton Keynes:

Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP (directions here).

Come along to discuss your experiences of using these new technologies and the effect that they have had on how you get around the city. This will help the research project to better understand the social implications of these new technologies.

The research is part of a large project called Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes. In this project the researchers are looking at the ways that new digital and ‘smart’ technologies change the way we live in cities as cities become ‘smarter’. The particular interest is in the way that smart cities create new types of social difference.

 If you can come, please email Olly Zanetti on Oliver.Zanetti@open.ac.uk to confirm your attendance or if you have any questions. Please also feel free to invite your tech-using friends who we’d also love to here from.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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