RNIB and VICTA Orbit Reader 20 grant scheme

RNIB and VICTA are working in partnership to support blind and partially sighted children and young people to study with greater independence, using technology.

We know how important technology is for blind and partially sighted children and young people. From how we communicate with others, read a book, listen to music and access educational material - technology and accessing the internet can make a world of difference.

Here's why an Orbit Reader can help


Joshua, who is twelve years old, and has received an iPad and Orbit reader through the scheme.

“I was so happy when I found out I had been successful when I applied to VICTA/RNIB for an orbit reader/iPad because I knew that these two items would make it so much easier to do work both at home and school and also it would open up so many new possibilities to me.  I won’t have to carry around a huge Braille book anymore nor will I have to use a Perkins Brailler which is really heavy to carry so thank you VICTA/RNIB for being so generous.  It’s changed my life.”
Orbit 20 reader

Want to apply for an Orbit 20 Reader Braille display?

If you are registered blind or partially sighted, a UK resident and aged between 8 and 29 years you could be eligible for an Orbit 20 compact Braille display.

This compact and revolutionary refreshable braille display offers easy book reading and note-taking. It's portable and features 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells. It offers reading books via SD card, simple note-taking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

To find out more and apply

• Visit: https://www.victa.org.uk/our-services/grants/rnib-grant/ 

• Or call VICTA on 01908 240 831

Reading books with an Orbit Reader 20?

Refreshable Braille displays and iPads can be a useful combination for instantly accessing large amounts of content, such as book files from RNIB Bookshare.  Set up is reasonably easy once you know how. The steps can vary a little depending on which display you have. Check with the manufacturer of your particular display for specific instructions.

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