With the prevalence of smart everything, Assistive Technology (AT) has met mainstream, but yet what is assistive technology for visually impaired, exactly?

Acknowledging the need for understanding, the United States Senate designated March 27 in 2019 as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day, outlining AT – as any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities and older adults. The resolution further commended specialists and organizations who are helping to assist those who need AT resources and training.

Assistive technology for visually impaired  is truly an overarching lifeline that bridges the vision gap and fosters inclusivity. Innovative, high-tech apps and tools like utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) for remote talking assistance, wearable smart devices for guidance, using a smartphone to count change, and screen readers make life easier and expand capabilities. While mid and low-tech assistive devices are tremendous helping hands for tasks like mobility, signing documents, cooking, sewing and more.

What does a four-finger touch of an iPhone do to transform lives? Want to hear the menu and order from a favorite restaurant?  Find out what AT can do.

AT training classes are available at no cost and include the essentials from web accessibility to setting up mainstream smart devices to support an active, independent life. After an initial low vision rehabilitation consultation, take the next step and get started with AT training – available for all ages – to navigate life best.

Special assistive technology workshops featuring experts can also be invaluable for the entire family to learn more about how AT can open up new worlds of possibility for a loved one.

Find a location for AT training.

www.brailleinstitute.org 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553)