Technology Resources for Professionals
A video magnifier is one approach to reading text for people with low vision.
All forms of technology provide us with tools that, put simply, help us get things done. In other words, they assist us in our daily tasks.
People who are blind or visually impaired need specific tools—called assistive technology (AT) or access tools—to aquire information and make their way in the world independently. These tools range from low-tech instruments such as bold markers for writing to high-tech devices that scan printed text and read it aloud via synthesized speech.
Assistive technologies are organized into categories based on both the task to be accomplished and the sensory modality used.
Categories include, but are not limited to:
- Reading tools
- Tools for accessing a computer by speech or magnification
- Writing tools
- Accessible cell phones
- Tools for independent living
The American Foundation for the Blind offers professionals:
- A searchable database of assistive technology products
- Webinars and online courses on assistive technology, low vision tools, iPads, and more
- Tips on selecting and using everyday technology, like computers, appliances, and cell phones
- AccessWorld®, AFB's free, monthly technology magazine with reviews of technology products and online resources for people with vision loss
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