With the growing need for accessibility, technology companies are answering the call with ‘smart’ product enhancements to aid communities with limitations. With this, mainstream devices like iPads, iPhones and Android phones have robustly entered the field known as Assistive Technology (AT); yet what is assistive technology for visually impaired, exactly?

Acknowledging this need for understanding, the United States Senate designated March 27 in 2019 as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day, outlining ATas any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities and older adults. The resolution further commended organizations who are helping to assist those who need AT resources and training.

While AT can be any device or equipment low, mid or high-tech, using technology to enhance life is especially empowering among those who are blind or visually impaired. That’s why Braille Institute’s state-of-the-art Connection Pointe labs are equipped with computers, iPhones, Androids and iPads to provide hands-on technology training and workshops – at no cost. What’s more, after an initial low vision rehabilitation consultation, a variety of technology classes and hands-on training are available for every age to support vision loss and digital literacy.

Get started with an initial appointment today for full services. And, during Braille Institute’s Technology Month in January, free workshops are being offered where anyone with low vision can register to discover how assistive technology can help them get connected to lead a more independent life. Bring owned devices or use devices available in the Connection Pointe Technology lab.  During the workshops, learn how to:

  • Read the mail or magnify a restaurant menu,
  • Turn an iPhone into a talk-back device,
  • Have dinner delivered from your favorite restaurant,
  • Get around safely and order an Uber or Lyft car,
  • Enjoy favorite books,
  • Use voice activated in-home assistants.

Find a technology workshop near you and register today, it’s free.

www.brailleinstitute.org 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553)

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