We can advise and help you with devices so that you can make technology work for you – it all depends on what best suits your needs.
There are a lot of technology options nowadays that can help you.
Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are made in a way that makes it possible for those with vision loss to use. Similarly, Windows computers have some built in functions such as screen enhancements, narrator and magnifier. There are also devices created to meet the specific needs of people who are blind or have low vision.
Screen readers read aloud what is on your screen. They also read out menu, file and folder information, and dialogue boxes. Screen readers work on PCs, laptops, tablets like the iPad, and smartphones.
Screen magnifiers enlarge the size of what you see on your screen. You can also use it to customise what you see – colour and contrast, for example.
Electronic braille devices
You can use a standalone device or one that connects to your PC, laptop, smartphone, iPad or other tablet. Can’t read braille but would like to learn? Find out more in the Braille section.
This is a world that just keeps on growing. More and more apps to help those who are blind or have low vision are becoming available.
Available apps include a colour identifier, a money reader, GPS and book readers. Many apps not specifically designed for those who are blind or who have low vision are also accessible. These can provide access to bus timetables, newspapers, online shopping and banking, Microsoft Word and Skype, to name a few.
Specially designed devices
Sometimes called adaptive technology, these devices have been developed with the specific needs of blind and low vision people in mind. They include scan-and-read devices, audio and music players, and personal organisers and diaries.
The following companies are NZ Suppliers of adaptive technology devices: