Knowing the importance and benefits of current assistive technology for visually impaired people can make all the difference in achieving a level of independence one might not think possible while feeling safe, secure and connected.Close up on iphone with computers and tvs in the background

And, what many may not realize is that these empowering assistive technology features are likely already right at their fingertips, literally, by using the accessibility features of their iPhone or Android, their smart TV, features on their kitchen appliances and more. For example, a few iPhone features for assistive technology for visually impaired people include:

  • Triple-clicking the home or side button, depending on iPhone model, turns on VoiceOver
  • Double-tapping the screen, depending on iPhone model, turns on the Zoom feature

Many more features include:

  • Magnifier
  • Invert Colors
  • Subtitles and Captioning
  • Speak Auto-Text

Seem exciting but overwhelming to learn how to activate or use assistive technology even on devices already owned?

That’s why organizations like Braille Institute offer free training and workshops for assistive technology for visually impaired.  Once connected to Braille Institute, you will learn new ways to stay close to loved ones; travel safely; manage your day-to-day; enjoy your favorite books, cook and more using technology.

Braille Institute offers instruction for a wide range of mainstream and adaptive technology devices to work with and get hands-on training.  Learn to use voice-activated and leading app technology. Learn how to listen to podcasts and download audio books, and navigate the world or your local neighborhood!

Choose from one-on-one instruction, group classes and workshops – all at no cost. Workshops are held every month virtually via online video or dial-in using Microsoft TEAMS and registration is easy. Workshops are open to all including family members.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services are temporarily only offered remotely. Call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553), Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST) to schedule an appointment or visit to register for a workshop.