When you think of technology from the perspective of people who are blind or have low vision, you can think of two broad categories:
- General technology: such as computers, smartphones and cell phones, GPS devices, etc.
- Assistive technology: items designed specifically to help people with vision loss or other disabilities, including everything from screen readers for blind individuals or screen magnifiers for low-vision computer users, video magnifiers and other devices for reading and writing with low vision, to braille watches and braille printers.
AFB's goal is to provide you with the information you need to learn about available technology and even discover new ways to use technology to enhance your everyday life. We're pleased to provide you with:
- AccessWorld®: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, AFB's monthly online technology magazine with reviews of technology products and online resources for people with vision loss—a publication that is edited and reported by experts who are blind or have low vision
- A searchable listing of assistive technology and independent living products
- Tips on selecting and using everyday technology, like computers and accessible cell phones
Highlights of AFB's Work on Accessible Design and Technology Issues
- Advocacy on public policy issues like digital inclusion, accessible transportation options, and more
- Research into issues like the impact of COVID-19 on access and inclusion, as well as the workplace technology barriers faced by individuals who are blind or have low vision
- AFB Consulting, a branch of AFB that works with clients across the retail, telecommunications, finance, education, and technology industries to advance their accessibility and inclusion goals