Dedicated to opening up the world of information technology to Visually Impaired people
The Technology Association of Visually Impaired People is a lively community of Visually Impaired people committed to the liberating effects of technology. We offer training, discussion, networking and assistance to all our members.
Established in 1969 as the British Computer Association of the Blind, we’re the oldest computer association for Visually Impaired people in the world and in recent times have transitioned and re-branded to TAVIP, The Technology Association of Visually Impaired People.
What do we do?
- We actively promote the use of computers and technology by Visually Impaired people.
- We encourage Visually Impaired people to explore the benefits of computers at home, at work and for leisure.
- We stay up to date with advances in technology, identifying relevant resources and information for Visually Impaired people.
- We encourage and facilitate peer support amongst our members and the wider community of Visually Impaired people.
- We campaign vigorously for equal access to computers, technology and the internet by Visually Impaired people.
- We provide tutorials and training for Visually Impaired people of all skill levels and interests.
- We create networking opportunities for Visually Impaired people working in a range of sectors, and hold social events for our members.
Who are our members?
We have members of all skill levels, interests and abilities. Our members include everyone from Visually Impaired people taking their first steps with technology, through to people working professionally in the IT industry. For example:
- People using computers, mobile phones and other technologies for leisure or enjoyment.
- Students at school or university, including people studying computing or technology at any level.
- People in diverse jobs using computers, mobile phones and other technologies in the workplace.
- People working in all areas of the IT industry, including developers, database administrators, network architects and security specialists.
- Researchers and academics studying access technologies and other fields relevant to Visually Impaired people.
- Companies, organisations and societies representing Visually Impaired people, or developing solutions for Visually Impaired technology users.
Our members use a wide range of computers, laptops, netbooks and mobile phones. In addition they use screen readers, screen magnifiers, braille displays, reading systems and other access technologies.
Our greatest asset is our members. With such a range of knowledge, experience and skills, there is always someone who can help answer your questions!
Why join TAVIP?
There has never been a better time to join TAVIP.
With the recent re-launch of our organisation, there are lots of ways to get involved.
Our Technology discussion list, member profiles, blog posts are just a few of these.
All TAVIP members enjoy a range of exciting benefits:
- Exclusive members area of the website, packed full of news, resources, information and audio articles.
- newsletters, keeping you up to date with TAVIP news and events.
- Annual seminars, with keynote presentations on exciting new topics.
- Discounts on tutorials, training workshops and events.
If you would like to join TAVIP, please visit:
Meet our Trustees
Jeff Bashton: Chair
David Boden: Treasurer
I have been treasurer of the Association continuously since 1986. As well as maintaining and reporting on the accounts, I respond to messages left on our telephone enquiry line which are concerned with membership or payments.
Mike Cassidy: Company Secretary
I have had long experience in chairing charities and have also been involved with secretarial duties. In TAVIP I moderate the discussion list and am the lead person in the use of the Zoom platform.
For a few years I worked as RNIB’s Project Manager for digital media, and edited the Access IT magazine (An RNIB publication for those interested in IT) before becoming a trainer in adaptive technology for access to the internet. I am a sound engineer and musician and am keen to promote the accessibility of audio and music technology.
Dr. Mike Townsend
I am a strong advocate for access to technology for blind and partially sighted people working with Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft.
I have had significant experience of chairing our local Society which provides services to blind and deaf people in Stockport. I am the lead person in testing work with NHS Digital with regard to improving accessibility of the NHS website on behalf of TAVIP. I am committed to working as a team player on the Board.
Cindy Godfrey-Mckay: Social Media Support (not a trustee)
I want to help the TAVIP Board to recognise the ever-growing importance of social media – which will be very influential in growing the charity’s membership and its standing in the technology sector.