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Technology Resources for Professionals

man using a video magnifier to read text

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 acquire 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:

The American Foundation for the Blind offers professionals:

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