The majority of persons who are blind or visually impaired will need some form of assistive technology in order access print on paper as well as electronic forms. Assistive technology (AT) also provides a means for producing written information. Here is a list of types of Assistive Technology a person with a visual impairment may use.
There are a variety of non-optical devices will help persons with low vision to access print and complete activities visually. This page discusses different devices for accessing print.
There are a variety of low and medium technology devices that allow persons who are blind to access and produce braille, complete math activities and activities of daily living tactually. This page details some Low/Medium Tech devices for tactual learners.
Following a low vision evaluation, a person may be prescribed optical devices for near viewing that will allow them to access standard size print. This page provides a list of devices that may be used by a person for near viewing.
Following a low vision evaluation, a person may be prescribed optical devices for distance viewing that will allow them to access information and print at a distance. This page provides a list of devices that may be used by a person for distance viewing.
Video magnifiers (formally called CCTV's) are a non-optical means of accessing print and information at near. Some devices have distance capabilities as well. This page provides information about video magnifiers.
Some persons will be able to access information by simply using the internal magnification built in to the computer. Other persons will require additional amounts of magnification or screen reading software to access information. This page discusses options.
High tech braille devices are available for persons who are blind or visually impaired to access and produce braille. This page discusses the different types of high tech braille equipment.
The ability to read tactual graphics and charts is essential as part of a braille person’s literacy program. This page provides suggestions for materials and devices for creating tactual graphics.
This page discusses different devices for accessing auditory books as well as materials and software to access information in auditory format.