Posted 2nd October 2013 by Christina
Last year we posted some poems by DTVIP group member Paul Lewis. Now we have a second poet coming to the DTVIP sessions! Fabian Blackwood, also known as Fabby D, is working on a book and also planning to perform at poetry slams in London. Here are a couple of his recent poems.
DRINK AND DRIVE
DRINK AND DRIVE – U JUST MIGHT LOSE YOUR LIFE!
NO DE DANCEHALL HOT KETCH A FIRE!
EVERY WOMAN HAVE A MAN – MAN HAVE DEM DAUGHTER
MI HANDS ROUND SHE WAIST – HER HANDS MI SHOULDER
MORNING SOON COME – BUT MI NO WAAN IT FI DON
WAAN TEK MI GIRL HOME AND TURN A LOVE MAKER
SO MI HALE UP MI FRENS AN ALL ME BREDRIN
TELL ALL OF DEM THAT I WILL SEE DEM LATER
HANG ON! ONE FOR DE ROAD
JUMP IN MI CAR AND TURN A CAR DRIVER
GIRL BESIDE ME – SHES MY BEAUTY QUEEN
MY LOVE FOR THIS GIRL GONNA LAS FOREVER
TWO ROUND DE BACK – DEM A MI PASSENGER
I WENT TO TEK A RIGHT BUT TURN A LEFT CORNER
BAWL OUT TO PARKED CAR – TO DEM MOVE OVER
THE CAR LICK THE TRAFFIC ISLAND AND TURN OVER
TWO LEG GET BROKE – FACE LICK THE SIDE CUT AND RIP UP
MI GIRL LEAVE SHE SEAT AND THE WINDSCREEN BRUK!
EARLY NEXT MORNING – SICK BED ME WAKE UP
ONE OF DEM INNA COMA, JUST NA WAKE UP
ONE WID BROKEN LEGS THAT ONE GET LUCK
MI HAVE BROKEN ARMS AND THAT NOT SERIOUS
MI A LOOK FI MI GIRL AND HEAR SHE GET DOOS
FEEL LIKE FI CRY FEEL LIKE FI DIE
MY FAULT – TRUE MI DRINK AND DRIVE
DRINK AND DRIVE YOU MIGHT LOSE YOUR LIFE!
THE HOME IS COSY THE HOME IS SWEET
A NICE YOUNG WIFE AN A YOUNG LADY
WIFE A 27 AND YOUNG LADY 3
DADDY PROMISED HER A BIKE TO MAKE HER HAPPY
WHEN HE COME FROM WORK HIM A GO GIVE IT TO SHE
BABY NA GO TO SLEEP – SHE A WAIT FI DADDY
WID HER HAIR PLAIT PRETTY SHE A REST PON MUMMY
DADDY LEF WORK ALREADY GO CHECK IS COPPEEE
DEM A DRINK A LICKLE BIT – BUT NA FULL DEM BELLY
GO DOWN TO LOCAL TALK ABOUT HIS FAMILY
IT A MI DAUGHTER BIRTHDAY AND SHE JUS TURN 3
IVE GOT HER BIKE IN THE CAR – AND SHE S WAITING FOR ME
MAKE I JUST DON THIS PINT – COS ITS 8.30
HIM A WALK AND HIM A SWAGGER AS HIM WALKING AWAY
JUMP INNA CAR AND TURN A CAR DRIVER
A SING TO HIMSELF – ATINK BOUT HIS DAUGHTER
LIGHTS BLIND HIM EYE – AS HE BUS THE CORNER
PAVEMENT GET RIDE – TREE TRUNK LICK DE SIDE
LICK THE BRICK WALL AND THE CAR CRUNCH UP
CHEST GET CAVE IT AND THE NECK GET BRUK!
SEE THE LICKLE DAUGHTER –STAYING UP LATE
NO MORE DADDY – NA COME TRUE THE GATE
THE BIKE COME CRISS – A POLICE MAN BRING IT
NO MORE DADDY – DRINK AND DRIVING DO IT!
DRINK AND DRIVE U JUST MIGHT LOSE YOUR LIFE!!
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
SHE LOVES ME SHE LOVES ME NOT!
SHE LOVES ME! SHE LOVES ME!
DON’T KNOW WHO I AM
SHE LOVES ME! SHE LOVES ME!
DON’T GIVE A DAMN
SHE LOVES ME!
FROM I LEFT MY MUDDERS HOUSE YOUNG 18
HITCH UP WID A YOUNG GIRL
SAY SHES HAVING BABY – SHE SAYS ME A DE DADDY
AND ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY – NO WORK! NO MONEY! STRUGGLING FAMILY!
NICE BABY GIRL SHE LOOK LIKE MUMMY
SO HARD TO GET A WORK WAAN LOOK AFTER BABY!
LIFE WAS HARD STILL WE HAD NEXT BABY
THIS TIME IT’S A BOY AND IT FAVOUR DADDY
FIVE MORE YEARS – THEN MY MIND START CHECK ME
HOW MI BABY DAUGHTER –SHE DON’T LOOK LIKE ME, DON’T WALK LIKE ME; DON’T STAY LIKE ME!
ME GROW A NEXT MAN PIKNEY
MY GIRL WOULDN’T DO THAT TO ME, WOULD SHE?
FIVE MORE YEARS – AND THE DAUGHTER TURN SICKLY
HAFI GET BLOOD FROM MUMMY AND DADDY
WHEN DE DOCTOR AH COME BACK – MY HEART START HURT ME
NICE TRY SIR! BUT YOUR BLOOD DON’T MATCH SHE!
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER COS THE YOUT COME EARLY
MI BLOOD A BWOIL UP AND MI HEART A HURT MI
…. AND CHECK LIFES STORY
TRY FI RUNAWAY AND GET WEH FROM MI
MI DAUGHTER BAWL OUT
“WHERE U GOING DADDY”
SHE LOVES ME COS THAT S ALL SHE KNOWS
SHE LOVES ME SHE LOVES ME DON’T KNOW WHO I AM
SHE LOVES ME SHE LOVES ME – DON’T GIVE A DAMN
Posted 2nd October 2013 by Christina
We had a great summer with DTVIP sessions continuing weekly at Tate South Lambeth library throughout. We are at the library every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12 and Lambeth residents with any kind of visual impairment, or dyslexia, are welcome to drop in. You can find out about the wonderful modern digital technologies which help you continue to read and write as well as using a computer and the internet. No need to book or register, just come along and we will take it from there. Our work here in Lambeth is now also attracting national recognition. One of the DTVIP sessions was featured on ITN London news last week as I was selected as a finalist for a Pride of Britain Award in the ITV Local Hero category. Last year our wonderful blind trainer Roger Lewis was a finalist for the Talk Talk Digital Heroes awards, so we are on a bit of a roll! In November we’ve been invited to present what we do at a roadshow in Islington run by the Society of Chief Librarians and at the end of October we will be back at RNIB, hopefully to inspire more libraries about how to use digital developments to help VIPs in their areas.
Posted 17th March 2013 by Christina
To RNIB earlier this month for an excellent day run by John Vincent of The Network, working with a number of different library authorities to prepare for the RNIB’s annual Make A Noise in Libraries fortnight, which takes place in June. The session also looked at the Six Steps which have been agreed by libraries to support library users who are blind or partially sighted. Pat Beech from the RNIB library also updated on the Reading Sight website and other RNIB library initiatives.
Our team from Lambeth was there to present the DTVIP project and the new initiatives for visually impaired library users we are developing in partnership with Lambeth libraries. Roger Lewis, the DTVIP blind trainer, Pauline Edole, Library Services Manager at Tate South Lambeth Library, myself and Patrick Roberts, a facilities and networking engineer who has regained his ability to use a computer through DTVIP each spoke about the project from our own perspective. There was a lot of interest in what has been achieved here in Lambeth and we have been approached by other library authorities to see if the work can be replicated. It was a great opportunity to hear what others are doing and to exchange experiences with library staff from different authorities.
Posted 9th October 2012 by Christina (amended 23rd October)
Fantastic news! Roger Lewis, the wonderful blind trainer for DTVIP, has been selected as a London finalist for the Talk Talk Digital Heroes Awards. The prize is £5,000 to help buy assistive technology for our library so everyone in the community can use it – so please vote for Roger! You can find out more about the Awards and vote for Roger here: www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes . Voting ends on 18th November 2012.
Here is Roger’s personal statement, with a photo of him teaching sighted children from Herbert Morrison school to read braille.
I became Blind seven years ago through a genetic condition for which there was no treatment and no cure. Everything that was familiar became strange. Going out in my own locality became scarey and hugely challenging.
The biggest barriers were access to information, the means of communicating with people and travelling around. Not being able to read and write knocks your confidence just at a time when you need to be at your strongest.
I was lucky and got a period of training in using access technology, a screenreader, and learning to touch type. Immediately my life changed immeasurably: If I could use a computer then I could work. This gave me financial security and self respect. I could read my daily newspapers over breakfast like anyone else. I could email, surf the web, store my personal contacts names and numbers and text and phone people easily.
I started going out more. Got back involved in my old hobbies and social life. I haven’t looked back since.
Through the DTVIP project I now have this amazing opportunity to open these possibilities up to other people who are losing – or have lost – their sight.
DTVIP offers hope, but also a network of people in similar situations. Some new to the world of sight loss and some with a wealth of skills and experiences to help the newly diagnosed. Our current learners are becoming the next generation of tutors and will inspire and encourage others in the future.
Better still, we work in our local library. A place of knowledge, learning and information. Libraries are mostly in easy to get to places in our town centres. This encourages people to try getting out on their own. Libraries are also mainstream places, not segregated “special” places for Disabled People to go and be separated from everyone else.
Winning the award would mean we could buy expensive access technology for the library so it’s available for everyone. It would also pay for an accessible website for DTVIP so we can share our knowledge and inspire others to get out there, get together and get into digital.
Posted 30th September 2012 by Christina
Now the Autumn is truly here with those wild storms, we will be returning to our weekly Tuesday morning sessions at Tate South Lambeth Library. Through the summer we’ve been based at Stockwell Community Resource Centre on Tuesday afternoons, but as the evenings draw in we are moving our sessions into the morning so people don’t have to travel after dark. Many thanks to all at SCRC for their help and hospitality.
The library sessions will start on Tuesday 9th October and will run from 10 to 12 for the foreseeable future. Tate South Lambeth Library is at 180 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1QP.
We are hoping that in the next few months we will be able to get some exciting extra assistive equipment including a standalone text to speech reader and a large screen CCTV magnifier for Tate South Lambeth library so that we can enhance the opportunties not just for VIPs but also for other print-disabled people, eg those with dyslexia or who can understand spoken but not written English. We’re applying for grants and are keeping our fingers crossed!
Posted 14th February 2012 by Christina We are having a great time at our DTVIP sessions at Tate South Lambeth Library on Tuesday mornings from 11am to 1pm. Today was our second session (of 6) and as it was Valentine’s day we thought it would be fun for everyone to write something romantic as part of the typing practice which is so important to enable VIPs to use keystrokes to navigate. Clicking a mouse on a screen is not much use if you can’t see. We expected some nice little paragraphs, but when Paul Lewis produced three extraordinary poems one after another, we were blown away. Here is the first of the poems. Happy Valentine’s Day!
May breaking Dawn dark night replace Cold winters spell be cast away as thoughts of love by Eros swayed to Gallant hearts unerring stray As cloudy skies turn blue from grey May Your brow in sunlight bathe It’s tender warmth caress Thy face Gently greets You as You wake Upon the pillow red roses laid Form three words in a heart arrayed Outside the window harpists play Skylarks trill sweet serenades With fresh baked bread fast shall break Sautéed truffles hunger sate May Your hearts desire adorn the plate Upon this feast for Valentine’s Day. Had that arrow reserved for Thee Bore my name and been received To win Thy heart, fair hand achieve Alas was destined ne’er to be Yet tears of sorrow shall not weep Fly flag half mast, mourn nor grieve For such beauty, rarely seen On the astral plane perchance will meet The fairest of all fair daughters of Eve And eternal my heart pledge unto Thee Then galaxies travel the Milky Way cleave Paradise find and Your Valentine be.
Posted 16th December 2011 by Roger Lewis
My New Year message.
Wow. It has been a fantastic and interesting year.
We’ve had our problems and setbacks, but we’ve kept faith in our objective and persevered and have shown that our project not only works but has additional benefits besides that of making computers accessible to Visually Impaired people of all ages.
Not only have we got Thunder installed on every computer in every Library in the Borough, we now have Thunder installed on each computer in the teaching suite at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre. Add to that the additional fact that our learners also now have the same software installed on their own home computers and you can see we are establishing a network of accessible computers in public service access points across the borough. Most importantly of all is that all this is taking place in the community, using community resources previously inaccessible to Visually Impaired people. This is integration and inclusion at it’s most impressive.
What does all this actually mean though?
Firstly, we are reaching out to Lambeth residents who have a Visual Impairment who do not fit the increasingly tight eligibility criteria for accessing specialised council services.
We are providing the means of communicating and accessing information via information technology. In doing so we are overcoming one of the major barriers for Blind and Visually Impaired people.
Some of our learners have pre existing computer skills but for many it is the first time they have used this type of technology.
Learners are also learning from each others’ experiences in learning to live with sight loss. The support learners have been giving to each other has been a remarkable and impressive outcome as the project has developed and grown.
Learners are also supporting each other in overcoming the difficult challenge of travelling both to the Tate South Lambeth Library and to the Stockwell Community Resource Centre. Travelling is another of the major barriers to Visually Impaired people. We have to learn the technical skills needed to travel around on foot and on public transport in an increasingly challenging and changing environment but also developing the personal confidence which is such an important skill but which is so very difficult to become proficient in.
I have been particularly impressed by the way our learners have supported each other in doing this and the results have surpassed my initial expectations.
We have discovered a national project, getonlineathome.org which has made getting cheap but up to date computers which are sufficiently powerful to run the software we are working with affordable by our learners.
We’ve laughed together, cried together, got frustrated together and, most importantly, learnt together. This has been true of both learners and tutors as we have adapted and adjusted our learning objectives and session plans.
We also now have two of our learners who are taking on the challenge, not just of learning how to use Thunder and Lightning, but becoming tutors in their own right.
My years end message to our learners is this.
You inspire me and encourage me to work harder and to match your commitment to learning with developing and improving the support and learning tools you require to reach your own individual aims and aspirations.
To say it is a pleasure to work with you all is an understatement.
We are living through some very difficult and challenging times and as a professional working with Visually Impaired people it can become depressing and demoralising trying to work and do ones best with diminishing resources and very restrictive budgets.
The DTVIP project and the Stockwell Community Resource Centre spin off gives me a boost of the stuff of life.
Hope, a belief we can make a positive difference to peoples lives and a renewed belief that by working together we can achieve something quite remarkable.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Roger Lewis, Development Officer, Lambeth Adult Community Services, December 2011
(Christina writes: Roger, who is blind, has been part of the team creating DTVIP from the very beginning. He regularly shows sighted people how to use their mobile phones or introduces them to new websites and he inspires us all with his technical knowledge, his great training skills and his ability to travel everywhere. Thank YOU Roger!)
Posted 21st August 2011 by Christina
Peter Abrahams, disability expert at Bloor Research, has written about the DTVIP project and the support Lambeth is giving to visually impaired people. Read the article here.
Our informal Tuesday morning sessions at Stockwell Community Resource Centre (SCRC) are creating another accessible space for VIPs in Lambeth. Many thanks to manager David Clarke for the warm welcome and for having Thunder installed on all the SCRC computers.
Posted 14th August 2011 by Christina
We have now linked up with Stockwell Community Resource Centre which means that our first group of VIPs from the library sessions can continue to practise computer and internet skills on Tuesday mornings 10am to 1pm until 13th September. On Tuesday 20th September we will be back at Tate South Lambeth Library, starting our second group introducing VIPs to Thunder screenreading software. The sessions in the library will run on Tuesday mornings for 6 weeks. This is the second series of sessions funded by Awards for All.
Posted 15th June 2011 by Christina
DTvip launched a 7 week training series on Tuesday 14th June 2011. Every Tuesday until 26th July there will be a session for VIPs on how to use the free THUNDER screenreader to access the internet at Tate South Lambeth Library.
The sessions run from 11am to 2pm and are a partnership between Digital Tuesdays and Screenreader.net. Funding is from Awards for All.
To download Thunder from the Screenreader.net website, click here.
Posted 20th January 2011 by Christina
Roger Wilson-Hinds (2nd from right in photo below) has run two DTvip sessions at Tate South Lambeth library, when visually impaired local people and volunteer trainers got their first taste of THUNDER.
“I have never used a screen magnifier or computer before” said Anthony Mensah (left above) from Clapham, “so to be able to type in the name of my home town in Ghana and see maps and photographs was a wonderful surprise”. Paul Lewis, from Streatham, agreed: “I realise that as my eyesight gets worse, computers will offer lots of opportunities for me. I spent most of the time browsing the internet and confirming things about the music I like”.
As a result of DTvip, Lambeth have committed to instal THUNDER software at two more libraries, Minet and Carnegie. THUNDER will also be built in to the new state-of-the-art Clapham library, due to open in November 2011 and we hope it will be in all Lambeth’s libraries by 2012.