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Extract: The ability to read print to help maintain independence and quality of life is a primary concern of people with visual impairments (Krieger, 1967; Lamoureux et al., 2007; Leat, Legge, & Bullimore, 1999; Nguyen, Weismann, & Trauzettel-Klosinski, 2009; Stelmack et al., 2008). One option for reading is a CCTV (closed-circuit television) or, using a more specific term, electronic magnifier. An electronic magnifier uses a camera to enlarge images onto a screen. It emerged as assistive technology in the early 1970s. Uslan, Shen, and Shragai (1996) provide a historical overview of the evolution and availability of electronic magnifiers. They report electronic magnifier systems “designed and built specifically for visually impaired people” from the 1950s to the early 1970s with Apollo Lasers and Visualtek bringing these products to the market in the early 1970s (Uslan, Shen, & Sharagai, 1996, p. 466).

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