Adaptive Technology

There are many technologies on the market to assist those who are blind, deafblind or have low vision. To make this a little easier, we can help you select one that suits your needs and then train you on how to use it. 

Fingers reading braille

Technology options

A range of technologies has been developed to work for those who are blind, deafblind or have low vision.
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 built in functions such as screen enhancements, a narrator and a magnifier.

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 and smartphones.

Screen magnifiers enlarge the size of what you see on your screen. You can also use it to customise what you see, for example colour and contrast.

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, deafblind 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, just to name a few.

Vision Store

We are pleased to announce that Blind Low Vision NZ has entered into an exciting new partnership with Vision Australia, providing a dedicated online webshop, the Vision Store for our clients to purchase equipment.

In support of this new webshop initiative, and in conjunction with the Pearson Fund, subsidies are available to further support your equipment needs. For more details, follow the link for our FAQ section.

Visit the Vision Store

Vision Store FAQs

Client Jackson is using his magnifier to read in te reo

Specifically 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:

A male client makes a cup of tea while listening to his Alexa

Work and Study

If you are studying or working, you might need specific equipment or modifications to equipment or the workplace environment. You may also need some training. We will work with you through the process to ensure all your needs and requirements are met.

To get in touch call 0800 24 33 33 or email

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Adaptive Technology Helpdesk

The Adaptive Technology (AT) Help Desk can help with your adaptive technology questions; they’re just a phone call away.

Support might include helping you with your screen reader, magnification software or braille devices. Or with the built-in accessibility features that may be found on some devices like iPhones, iPads and some tablets and mobile phones.

Call the AT Help Desk on 0800 24 33 33 – please leave a message if there is no answer and include your phone number, area code and the issue at hand.

Blind Low Vision NZ staff member Ivan is sitting at his computer and answering donor enquiries