A side view of Hong Sen and Dallon sitting at the opposite side of the table and using their laptop respectively.

The advent of technology has undeniably transformed the way we live, work, and connect with the world. However, for people with vision impairment (VI), this digital revolution may pose unique challenges, especially for those who lose their sight later in life. Accustomed to relying on their vision, some may encounter difficulties in adapting to assistive technology. The learning curve also involves overcoming psychological barriers, including the fear of making mistakes or feeling overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of the digital realm.

The consequences of this technological disparity extend beyond just mere inconvenience. It can lead to increased isolation, diminished access to information, and limited participation in social and economic activities.

A GDS staff member is guiding a child in using a keyboard equipped with tactile stickers.

With the support of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) Digital for Life Fund, Guide Dogs Singapore (GDS) aims to bridge the digital gap by empowering individuals with VI with the knowledge and skills to make the most out of assistive technology, enhancing their participation in their daily lives.

Our trainers organise a diverse range of IT workshops and courses, both in-person and virtual, catering to users with varying levels of technological proficiency. Additionally, our trainers are introducing podcasts designed to support self-directed learning in digital abilities specifically tailored for people with blindness or have low vision. This includes tasks such as making transactions and searching for information online. Furthermore, GDS will be implementing peer mentorship programmes, where those who require additional assistance will be paired with experienced user. The programme seeks to cultivate a supportive and nurturing learning environment, ensuring that every vision impaired individual gains an understanding of how digital technologies can enhance everyday life.

The Digital for Life Fund provides funding for digital inclusion projects, empowering organisations like GDS with the resources needed to create meaningful solutions to build a digitally inclusive society for all Singaporeans. The goal is to promote digital well-being and ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age. The VI community at GDS will experience significant benefits through this assistive technology fund as their training fee will be subsidised for up to five sessions, allowing them to delve in-depth into learning assistive technology.

Visit www.digitalforlife.gov.sg to find out more about the Digital for Life movement and how you can play a part.

DBS Foundation is one of the donors to the Digital for Life Fund and a sponsor of the ‘Enabling the Vision Impaired through Technology’ project by Guide Dogs Singapore.

About DBS Foundation

The DBS Foundation is committed to uplifting lives and livelihoods by igniting change in businesses and communities.

Since 2014, the DBS Foundation has been championing social enterprises in Asia, businesses that are for profit, and impact. The Business for Impact chapter now catalyses the growth of innovative, purpose-driven businesses, including SMEs, designed to address pressing issues facing our planet and society.

In 2022, the DBS Foundation raised the bar with the formation of a new Community Impact chapter, to equip the underserved with digital and financial literacy skills to face the future with confidence, and enable communities to be more food secure and resilient. Our vision is to spark collective action, together with our partners and DBS People of Purpose, to help build a better world for generations today and tomorrow.

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