Applications open for The Possibility Project: technology aids to maximise independence

Possibility Project

Friday 18th February 2022, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is proud to launch the NCBI Possibility Project, an annual initiative working towards overcoming barriers in the built environment, through partnership with businesses and stakeholders.


In 2022, The Possibility Project aims to utilise technology as an enabler for people who are blind or vision impaired to maximise their independence and participation within the community. With a once-off donation from Microsoft Ireland, the Possibility Project 2022 will offer seven awardees who wouldn’t otherwise have the means to purchase the technology, a pack designed to support independent mobility and navigation with the aid of Microsoft Soundscape.


Awardees of the Possibility Project 2022 will be provided with a technology pack consisting of an iPhone SE and a set of AfterShockz Bone Conductor Headphones. In an addition to an introductory training session, awardees will be introduced to Microsoft Soundscape, an innovative audio-based technology designed to enable people to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered.


Chantelle Smith, NCBI National Access and Mobility Manager said “With Microsoft Ireland’s donation, NCBI is excited to be able to launch the Possibility Project for 2022. Alongside training from NCBI, we hope that we continue to increase awareness of some of the ways that technology can be utilised to support independence and enable more people to engage in, experience and grow their own local community. We look forward to working in partnership with other companies next year to collectively address barriers to the built environment”


Applications to people who are blind or vision impaired are open on Friday 18th February and close on Wednesday 16th March COB. Applicants will be notified for interview by Friday 25th of March. Successful candidates will be notified before Friday 8th of April. Applications can be made via
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