Computer, tablet and phone tutoring is available in Castlegar. File photo

Computer, tablet and phone tutoring is available in Castlegar. File photo

Free tech tutoring available in Castlegar

Individual hands-on sessions are offered through the Castlegar IRIS program

Most of us rely on computers and smartphones for work, school, staying connected to each other and even for entertainment. But what if you have vision loss and can’t see the screen as well as you used to? If you didn’t grow up with them, the very devices that offer untold independence can instead seem rather intimidating.

That is why the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Castlegar IRIS (Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors) are teaming up together to offer individual hands-on training to Castlegar residents. Sessions will be by appointment only on March 15 – 16.

You can learn how to:

• Use your phone as a magnifier

• Make your phone talk

• Use an iPhone to stay connected with the world

• Video-chat with your grandkids

• Stay safe online

• Read the newspaper with the help of your device

The sessions are open to all Kootenay/Boundary residents including those with visual challenges and their support people and family members.

You can book a free 90-minute session by calling Julia Bonnett at 778-897-3115.

Sessions will be held at the Kinnaird Park Community Church (old middle school building) at 1250 26th Street in Castlegar.

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