After all that agonising, I now have a large key keyboard, customised PC and high resolution 27 inch screen and I love it. Matthew put months of research and patience into setting this all up for me, and I am immensely grateful. Next step is to find a comfortable chair! I think I can manage that myself!
I should point out that there are other ways of getting similar results from equipment provided online, but this can be expensive and, for me, would have given more than I need at this time. There are also various exhibitions throughout the year showing the latest technology.
Through this whole process of getting back onto a desktop PC, I have been lucky to have someone holding my hand. I did get excellent telephone help from the Macular Society and tried to get help from RNIB with little success. As mentioned before, the FOCUS charity in Birmingham offer wonderful drop in advice and they have spent a lot of time showing me various accessibility devices and apps.
Over the last few years, four people in particular have helped by sitting at my elbow… Nordie with using various programs, Liz with WordPress and blogging (and much else), Daisy with getting me out of stupid muddles and Matthew with the technology. Of course, not everyone needs all this help and I am, as always, grateful that I have such good friends.
However, it occurs to me that there is a lot of scope for a volunteer or paid service locally wherever you are for people with IT skills to make home visits specifically for people with VI. I know this is a big ask, and that it would involve specific training but perhaps this is one for a large organisation like the RNIB.