Technology Resources & Reviews

Listening to the Newspaper and Magazines

A vision loss can make reading the local paper or magazines, in print, a real challenge. Here are some alternatives to consider More

Windows 10 Creator Edition…WOW!

AER Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Division
VRT News – Fall, 2017 

Windows 10 Creator Edition…WOW!

Steve Kelley CVRT, CRC, CATIS

“I want to learn how to use the computer, for Facebook and email. What should I buy?” As rehabilitation professionals, we are fortunate to get this question, because all too often, we hear, “I gave up using the computer, I can’t see the screen anymore.” 

Often our client has heard from a well-meaning child or grandchild, “Get a (tablet)(smartphone)(iPad)(Mac)[fill in the blank], there so intuitive…” Sure they are, if you’re under the age of 18. For the rest of us, there’s a learning curve, and for users who... Continue Reading

White Cane Walk 2017: A History of White Cane Safety Day

Today, the white cane isn’t just a tool used by travelers with a vision loss, it is also a symbol for members of our community who are blind or visually impaired. More

A New Android Speech Feature: Select to Speak

VisionAware ™

For independent living with vision loss 

By Steve Kelley CVRT, CATIS

August, 2017 

As a tablet and smartphone user who has low vision, I have been a huge fan of the iOS accessibility feature called Speech. With the many settings and apps available for smart devices, it is often the case that with a little work, text on a webpage, email, or reading app can be adjusted and resized for visual access … 

For full article, click on link: http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/helpful-products/using-a-computer/a-new-android-speech-feature-select-to-speak/1245


Apps, devices turn their attention to visually impaired

This article appeared in the Boston Globe:

Date: Jul 22, 2017

From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things, a technological revolution is underway for the visually impaired.


Spotlight on Computers for the Blind: No One Should Go Without Access to Technology


New app from Microsoft called Seeing Ai

From their website- “A free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the low vision community, this research project harnesses the power of AI to describe people, text and objects” 

It has different channels or options including:

  1. Short Text - Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera
  2. Documents - Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting
  3. Products - Gives audio beeps to help locate barcodes and then scans them to identify products
  4. Person - Recognizes friends and describes people around you, including their emotions
  5. Scene - An experimental feature to describe the scene around
  6. ... Continue Reading

Compare Vision Insurance Reviews

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that more than 14 million Americans are visually impaired, and almost 80 percent of that group require eyeglasses or contacts. People with vision insurance are much more likely than those without vision insurance to have regular eye exams and corrective eyewear when necessary, but it’s also important to understand that “vision insurance” isn’t a substitute for primary medical coverage that pays for major surgery on the eye, a unique organ.

Since vision insurance is often excluded from a primary medical policy, a separate vision insurance plan may be necessary, even if vision plans are sometimes known as “wellness” or... Continue Reading

Empowering a More Accessible and Inclusive World

The blog and video links that follow are the property of Microsoft, shared with permission for the explicit purpose of bringing awareness to Microsoft’s accessibility efforts. 

Empowering a More Accessible and Inclusive World posted for Global Accessibility Awareness Day through LinkedIn, May 18, 2017 by Jenny Lay-Flurrie - Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft 

With the right tools, there are no limits to what people can achieve, including people with disabilities. So today has special meaning: It’s the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day focused on raising awareness of digital accessibility to build a more accessible and inclusive world, and a great day to reflect on... Continue Reading

6 Vision Enhancement Devices You Need to See

6 Vision Enhancement Devices You Need to See


The number of visually impaired people in this world amounts to 342 million (more than the entire population of the United States), a number that is shared by both ends of life, the young and the old. Of this number, 23.7 million are U.S. adults experiencing some sort of vision loss. Among those visually impaired, 70% are unemployed and are 3 times more likely to end up in long term care, all because their vision is compromised. A number of startups are developing vision enhancement devices that use technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality to provide the masses with an alternative to ... Continue Reading

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