Low Vision Technology

 

Closed Circuit TeleVisions (CCTVs) have evolved into one of the most useful tools used by people with low vision for accessing printed information. A more descriptive name for these technology tools is video or electronic magnifiers. This category has expanded so rapidly that we now have several distinct sub-categories including: desktop models, hand-held camera models, electronic pocket models, and digital imaging systems.

Computer/Screen Magnification Technologies: Hardware & Software Accessing computers and other electronic devices can be difficult for people with low vision. In addition to hardware options such as larger monitors, monitor extension arms, and Fresnel lens magnifiers, there is a wide variety of software options available to assist in this area.

*        Display property adjustments to operating system and application software
*        Accessibility features of operating system
*        Cursor enhancement software
*        Screen magnification software such as freeware/shareware, low cost and mid-priced magnifiers, full-featured magnifiers

Other Useful Technologies for People with Low Vision: Many people with low vision find some auditory and some tactile tools useful for certain tasks. Topics covered include:

*        E-book readers – auditory/visual
*        Cell phones – auditory/visual
*        Tablets
*        GPS – auditory/visual
*        Calculators/dictionaries – auditory/visual

 

Blind-low vision early intervention is essential for child development

A child who is blind or has low vision is at significant risk for difficulties in all areas of development including: communication and language, fine and gross motor skills, understanding and thought processes, social skills, emotional development, and self help. http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/earlychildhood/blindnesslowvision/index.aspx