Centre for visually impaired opens at Elmwood College.

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A NEW facility for visually impaired people in north east Fife has opened at Elmwood College in Cupar.

The Karten Centre, which has been funded by the Ian Karten Trust, was officially launched by college principal Jim Crooks.

The application for funding was made in partnership with Fife Society for the Blind, whose chief executive Alan Suttie was at the launch to see the range of new technology on offer.

Located in the college study centre, the new facility will allow specialist staff to work with students and community members to get the most out of the assistive technology and support on offer.

Karen Thirkell, guidance and learning support manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to host this facility in the college and our partnership with FSB and the Karten Trust has given us access to top of the range technology which will benefit a wide range of people.

“Hazel White from FSB has worked closely with the college in identifying suitable technology, and she will become a familiar face in the college as she develops the service to meet the needs of the local community.”

Mr Crooks said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Elmwood to contribute to the community of north east Fife.

“We can offer a central point for people to try technology which will help them to access many things which sighted people take for granted.

“We are very grateful to the Fife Society for the Blind for their faith in Elmwood and for being such enthusiastic partners and also to the Karten Trust for agreeing to pay for items which have the potential to transform lives.”

Mr Suttie said: “This is part of a broader development between the society and Elmwood which will not only give the society a base in north east Fife, but will further contribute to a partnership designed to open up life-long learning opportunities for blind and partially sighted people.”

Anyone wanting too access the centre should contact Fife Society for the Blind on 01592 644979, fax 01592 200103 or email info@fsbinsight.co.uk