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Assistive Technology for People with Visual Disabilities

Tools that provide access to people who are blind or have low vision are available to help with a variety of tasks, including telephone use, cooking, self-care, and even carpentry. These tools usually provide output in at least one of three ways: audio, magnification, or braille.

Note: For information on computer access, see our articles on magnification, refreshable braille, and screen readers. For information on magnifying printed text, see our article on CCTVs.

Telephone Access

Large button telephones can make dialing easier for people with low vision. They may have additional features, such as audio amplification.

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Touch-Free Devices for Indoor Use

Fixtures and devices that are responsive to motion rather than physical contact are becoming increasingly popular. These benefit not only people with dexterity disabilities, but also people with a fear of germs and people temporarily unable to use their hands because of injury or because they are holding books, groceries, or a baby. Many products are available in touch-free models; in some cases, modifications are available for existing products. Installation of these products is often a good strategy for complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

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Memory and Meds: GlowCap Medication Reminders from CVS

GlowCaps are a product and service from Vitality that helps increase taking of medication. You can order your medication from CVS with the GlowCap feature. According to the maker:

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Attention App Helps Users Stay Focused

StayOnTask is a free Android app that is designed to help you focus on a task instead of 'goofing off'. It checks in on you at random, so you can't just 'beat the clock' as you can with similar productivity aids.

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Povidi Offers Improved Access to Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a popular way to handle appointments across individuals and groups, but it is not very accessible or compatible with screen readers and magnifiers. Povidi now offers My Accessible Google, a service that takes your calendar information and outputs it in a screen-reader-friendly format.

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Android Apps Provide Reminders to People with Cognitive Disabilities

Several Android apps are available to record information about tasks and provide timely reminders. These can be invaluable to people with congential cognitive disabilities, as well as people with acquired disabilities due to strokes or similar causes.

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Labelling App for Blind and Low Vision Users

The Digit-Eyes Audio Labeling System is a $30 iPhone app that lets users create labels and apply them to important items such as packaged goods, prescription drugs, personal items, using either text or a recorded audio message.  When you scan the label the iPhone recognizes it and speaks the content.

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