Assistive technology can be a game changer for those with vision impairment. In fact, low and high-tech aids can significantly improve communication and daily living functionality for those who are visually impaired. Aids as simple as a marker and a slate, or a stylus can be greatly beneficial. Mobile smart phones, tablets, computers and software applications, as well as, devices like text readers can provide powerful assistance to those with vision loss.
There are many different types of assistive technology for visually impaired individuals, designed to increase independence with daily activities, as well as in learning environments, such as specially crafted assistive technology for low vision students. The main goal of Assistive Technology is to enable people of all ages and disabilities (not limited to vision loss or impairment) to live their best life within their home, their community, or in school.
Assistive technology for visually impaired and low vision students refers to any and all aids and devices that help increase participation, independence, and achievement. In school settings, these technologies help increase visually impaired students’ access to the institution’s general curriculum and at the same time improve their overall academic performance. It is imperative to thoughtfully consider what kinds of tools, devices, and technologies are appropriate to use in order to meet the unique learning needs of each individual student. Planning ahead is also crucial to accommodate the changing needs of children as they undergo development and different levels of learning.
Assistive technology is not in itself an end, but a means to unlocking barriers and staying connected.
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