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Assistive Technology Products for Visual Impairments

Browse the list of products and technologies below to find possible solutions for visual impairments. Join our Forum to dig deeper into a product, its features, ease of use, and applications. (Products listed in no specific order.)

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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

AFB provides a comprehensive listing of assistive technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired. Lots of great resources.

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) creates educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

The mission of the Center for the Visually Impaired is to empower people
impacted by vision loss to live with independence and dignity.

LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

The Lighthouse prides itself on offering the cutting edge of all things related to blindness. Need a tactile map of Burning Man? Read their blog!

BEST SCREEN READERS FOR 2017

A round up the best screen-reading software for Windows for blind and visually impaired users.

HOW A BLIND PERSON USES A COMPUTER

He's funny, he's informative and he's been blind since birth. Be sure to subscribe to Tommy Edison's YouTube channel!

THE TOOLS OF A BLIND PROGRAMMER

Written by Parham Doustdar, a completely blind back-end programmer who enjoys writing code!

BLOGGING WHEN YOU ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

This blog includes links to blogs written by individuals with a visual impairment.

HOW DOES THE AMAZON ECHO HELP PEOPLE WITH VI?

The Amazon Echo is the type of device that could be of enormous benefit to many people - in particular, people who have a vision impairment.

WHY AMAZON'S ALEXA IS A LIFE CHANGER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND

For the blind, Amazon's Echo and Alexa is more than just neat technology; it's a lifeline.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE GOOGLE HOME: A REVIEW OF GOOGLE'S VOICE ASSISTANT

Google Home allows you to control lights, outlets, thermostats, and other household items using your voice.

NUEYES

The Blind Life on YouTube visits with NuEyes at ATIA 2018.

SCREEN READERS

Image of computer screen with voice bubble showing screen is being read.

 

Screen readers are software programs that allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. Read more about Screen Readers

 

DOLPHIN

Dolphin offers products designed for people with glaucoma, macular degeneration & other vision loss.

JAWS

Jaws provides speech and braille output for computer applications on your PC.

COBRA

A Windows screenreader for blind and visually impaired users from BaumUSA. 

ZOOMTEXT

ZoomText is a magnification and screen reading software for the visually impaired.

SYSTEM ACCESS

System Access by Serotek gives access to the Windows environment.

VOICEOVER

VoiceOver is a full-featured screen reader built into macOS.

NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader.

NARRATOR

Windows Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10. 

VIDEO MAGNIFIERS

Image of computer with enlarged text on the screen.

A video magnifier, uses a stand-mounted or handheld video camera to project a magnified image onto a video monitor, a television (TV) screen, or a computer monitor. Read more about Video Magnifiers

TOPAZ VIDEO MAGNIFIERS

The Topaz family of video magnifiers is offered by Freedom Scientific.

SUPERNOVA

The SuperNova by Dolphin software supports people with a variety of vision challenges.

MAGNILINK

Low Vision International offers a variety of MagniLink video magnifiers.

ZOOMTEXT

ZoomText by AiSquared is a screen magnification system with eight zoom window types. 

COMPACT+ HD

The Compact+ HD by Optelec allows you to see more of the content on-screen.

explorē 8

Humanware offers this 8-inch handheld magnifier with magnification up to 30X.

CCTVs / Video Magnifiers

Listing of video magnifiers from American Printing House for the Blind.

TOP 6 PORTABLE VIDEO MAGNIFIERS

A Wiki team researched and tested portable video magnifiers.

REFRESHABLE BRAILLE DISPLAYS

Image of two tupes of refreshable braille displays.

 

Braille displays provide access to information on a computer screen by electronically raising and lowering different combinations of pins in braille cells. Read more about Refreshable Braille Displays

FOCUS BLUE

Freedom Scientific offers a variety of Focus Blue refreshable braille displays.

VarioUltra 20/40

VarioUltra by Baum is a mobile Braille device with either 20 or 40 Braille cells. 

BrailleNote Apex BT 32

The BrailleNote Apex by Humanware has built-in options to the Windows environment.

ALVA BC680

The ALVA BC680 offers a paper-like reading experience with Bluetooth technology.

BRAILLE STAR 80

Braille Star 80 is a Braille system for the workplace with 80 Braille cells.

BRAILLIANT BI 32

The Brailliant BI display is designed for extensive reading with an intuitive display navigation.

BRAILLE PRINTERS

A photo of the ViewPlus Embrailler

Braille printers receive data from computer devices and emboss that information in braille onto paper through the use of solenoids that control embossing pins. Read more about Braille Printers

ROMEO 60

The Romeo 60 by Enabling Technologies produces single-sided braille.

BRAILLO 300 S2

American Thermaform offers a variety of braille printers.

VIEWPLUS

ViewPlus offers a variety of braille printers including the VP Embrailler.

BRAILLE PLACE

Enabling Technologies offers a variety of Braille printers. They also have graphical embosser software!

TOOLS FOR READING AND WRITING

There are numerous tools and techniques to assist people who are blind or visually impaired with reading and writing. Read more about these tools

BOLD LINE PAPER

This paper has bold, black lines printed on paper without a margin.

LIGHTING GUIDE KIT

The proper lighting can make a difference for people with low vision.

BRIGHT LINE READING GUIDE

This tool can be placed over text to highlight, eliminate glare, and promote maximum contrast.

READING PENS

Reviews of the 10 best Reading Scanners of 2018.