Assistive technology for visually impaired and blind people can boost your quality of life. Assistive Technology is using a device or piece of equipment to increase, maintain, or improve certain functional capabilities. While there are many options available, you may need a little help finding the assistive technology that is right for you.

One thing to consider when narrowing down your search is your daily lifestyle.  Are you someone who is out and about during the day?  Are you a student?  Are you retired?  You should also gauge your needs before you begin looking for advanced assistive technology products.  Do you require large print text?  Do you need to have text converted to voice?  Do you need print converted to braille?  Asking yourself these types of questions can help you pinpoint the right products for you.

Once you have determined your basic needs, you may want to start looking at what assistive technology products are available.  Items are varied and can include specific devices, software, smartphone apps and more.  If you are comfortable performing basic internet searches, you can do a little online research to find the companies and vendors that specialize in assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired.  Others may find a low vision consultation very helpful because trained staff can make product recommendations based on your requirements.

As you begin to find suitable assistive technology, you want to be sure that your selections will be solutions that work for you.  Proper training from assistive technology experts can help you use your new tech efficiently so that it will become a seamless part of your life.  Look for basic technology training near you.  If you live in Southern California, Braille Institute’s centers can help.  Call today!

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