ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology

There is a huge amount of assistive technology available for people living with sight loss to help with everyday living.

We have summarised some of the main products below. For more information or to try products you can contact your local sight loss charity (find your local charity on the Visionary website), low vision service, visit Sight Village, or contact the companies directly. Facebook groups for blind users of certain products exist to provide help and support.

We are pleased to also recommend Henshaws Knowledge Village. It has a host of information and useful videos on a range of technology:

www.henshaws.org.uk/knowledge-village

If any of the technology listed below is of interest to you, VICTA may be able to support you by providing a grant towards the cost of purchasing it. For more information, visit our Grants page.

There is a huge amount of assistive technology available for people living with sight loss to help with everyday living.

We have summarised some of the main products below. For more information or to try products you can contact your local sight loss charity (find your local charity on the Visionary website), low vision service, visit Sight Village, or contact the companies directly. Facebook groups for blind users of certain products exist to provide help and support.

We are pleased to also recommend Henshaws Knowledge Village. It has a host of information and useful videos on a range of technology:

www.henshaws.org.uk/what-we-offer/knowledge-hub

If any of the technology listed below is of interest to you, VICTA may be able to support you by providing a grant towards the cost of purchasing it. For more information, visit our Grants page.

Technology available

Technology available

Screen readers

Screen readers provide a text-to-speech service, allowing visually impaired users to access visual displays. Some computers have a built-in screen reader, there are free screen readers available to download (such as NVDA) or screen readers available for purchase, for example JAWS.


Magnifiers

Magnifiers range from small handheld devices, to CCTVs with camera systems that display a magnified image onto a monitor, and screen magnifiers for computers such as ZoomText.


Braille

The Perkins Brailler is the classic ‘braille typewriter’. More modern braille equipment includes braille displays, which can connect to a computer or phone and convert the display into a refreshable braille format. Notetakers combine a braille display with electronic braille keys, enabling users to read and write braille in an electronic format. Items such as the Braillenote touch combine a standard notetaker with the touchscreen of a modern tablet.


Mobile phones and apps

Both iPhone and Android operating systems provide voice over and accessibility features. Henshaws have this helpful guide of the 24 best apps for people with a visual impairment 


iPads and tablets

Tablets provide a great way to access e-books and audio books. As with mobile phones, they have voice over and accessibility features, and a wealth of apps useful for visually impaired users.


Voice controlled products

Products such as Google Home or Amazon Echo can be hugely helpful to visually impaired users.


Household products

There are a range of products on the market to help visually impaired people with everyday tasks. These include liquid indicators, talking clocks and watches, penfriend, bump-ons, talking scales/measuring jug/microwave. The RNIB shop can be a useful place to purchase these items.


Organisations and companies

Dolphin: yourdolphin.com/en-gb

Enhanced Vision: www.enhancedvision.co.uk

Humanware: www.humanware.com/en-united_kingdom/home

Sight and Sound: www.sightandsound.co.uk

VisionAid: www.visionaid.co.uk


Facebook groups

iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind: www.facebook.com/groups/iPhoneiPadAppsfortheBlindVisuallyImpaired/

Blind Android Users: www.facebook.com/groups/BlindAndroidUsers/

Assistive Technology for the Blind: www.facebook.com/groups/assistivetechnologyfortheblind/

Cool Blind Tech: coolblindtech.com

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