Dictionary.com defines technology as “the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.” The definition alone sounds intimidating. But, don’t let the terminology frighten you because high-tech assistive technology for visually impaired and blind people can have an immensely positive impact on your life.

Braille Notetakers, for example, are portable devices that enable you to write and edit documents, access the web, check email, and much more. Screen reading software makes computers more accessible by reading what is on the screen to you.  Amazing products like braille displays, hand-held electronic magnifiers, portable readers/audio players, and more, can help you with school, work and day-to-day tasks alike.

Assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired has become so advanced that there are now portable solutions that use GPS to help you navigate the world around you. These devices can tell you your current nearest address, describe a route, and even give you turn-by-turn directions to help you find your way.  These talking GPS devices are sophisticated products that can greatly enhance your mobility and independence.

When it comes to technology, it might be difficult to know where to start. If you are curious about high-tech assistive technology and want to learn more, let Braille Institute be your guide. Southern California residents can find specialized training classes at Braille Institute’s Connection Pointe locations. You may also benefit from a Low Vision Consultation at a Braille Institute Center, where staff can help you sort through what is available and help find what is right for you.

For more information, please call 1-800-BRAILLE (1-800-272-4553).