Individuals who are blind, have low vision, or conditions that limit their ability to comprehend visual stimuli may benefit from AT for vision. Individuals with reading disabilities may also benefit from certain tools designed for the blind and visually-impaired, such as accessible text readers.

Environment

Making changes to lighting, simplifying visual materials, creating tactile graphics, changing text contrast, and enlarging text and graphics are all simple changes that increase the accessibility of physical documents.

Magnifiers

Increasing the magnification of text, labels, or graphics can help individuals in everyday life. Examples of inexpensive magnification tools are dome and hand-held magnifiers. Digital magnifiers that have multiple levels of magnification, as well as the ability to change the contrast of what’s shown on the screen, are more expensive. Desktop magnifiers are large magnifiers oftentimes with text-to-speech features as well as the features included in most digital magnifiers, these are much more expensive and can require training.

Talking Devices

Hear your devices instead! Talking label wand, talking timer, talking watch, and talking food scale are all examples of talking AT for vision.

Braille Technology

Access information, create documents, take notes, or communicate in braille.

Software

Computer software and tablet applications can make accessing information and communication much easier for people who have low-vision or blindness. Built-in accessibility features on iOS devices have features such as magnification, screen reader, speech-to-text, and text-to-speech is one example. NVDA is a free screen reader that will read aloud your websites and electronic documents.

Learn more about AT for Vision at AT3 Center’s Explore AT Clearinghouse.

ATLA has services and programs available for individuals who need AT for vision loss and blindness.