Assistive technology for visually impaired and blind people consists of products, tools, or services designed to increase independence. There is a wide variety of items that fall under the umbrella of assistive technology. These include products like screen readers, magnifiers, and more. If you find the assistive technology that is right for you, it will be just the thing to help you in your journey towards self-sufficiency.
One prime example of assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired is screen reading software or magnification software. Screen reading software like Jaws and NVDA read the text that is on a computer screen aloud for the user. On the other hand, screen magnification programs like ZoomText enlarge the text on a screen. Some programs can do both! These programs help you understand what is on your computer screen. They will give you the power to do a lot more with your computer once you can access the information on your screen.
You can also find screen reading and magnification as built-in features in some devices. An Apple iPhone, for example, has accessibility features that will allow you to use many features of your smartphone. Android phones and Microsoft Windows phones also include screen readers in their operating systems. All you need to do is learn how to turn these features on and you’ll be on your way.
A great place to learn more about assistive technology for visually impaired and blind people is at a Braille Institute Connection Pointe location. Our Connection Pointe staff can show you how to become more adept at using your computer, how to use a smartphone, and much more. Click here to learn more or give us a call and to find out more about assistive technology.
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