FAQs – What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is defined in the Tech Act as any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.  How does assistive technology assist those who are visually impaired?  What impact can assistive technology have on a person’s life?

Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

Assistive Technology can be life-changing to an individual who needs it to help them see, walk, hear, and live autonomously.  It is designed to make your life more accessible by enlarging printed text so that you can read your mail and pay your bills independently, reading printed text aloud so you can keep up with your favorite author, or converting digital text on the computer to braille.

Man signing a form using the Compact 10 HD

There is a full range of assistive technology on the market to help those with low vision.  When it comes to vision aids and low vision devices, you can find everything from glare control filter lenses, improved lighting designed for those with low vision, pocket magnifiers, electronic low vision aids, and the list goes on. 

Assistive Technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Scheduling a demonstration of low vision aids, especially video magnifiers, before you invest in them is important.  With so many different products on the market being able to try them out and then compare the different features allows you to pick the one that meets your needs.  Working with a low vision specialist, an organization that has a demonstration center, or the manufacturers' local representative, will allow you to make an informed decision before making a purchase.

Connect with us to find the low vision assistive technology that is right for you and to connect with your local representative to schedule a demonstration.

May 03, 2021

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