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Assistive technology that helps people see better, or comprehend what they cannot see falls under the vision category.
This category includes accessible educational materials (AEM), which can be useful across a variety of disability categories, including Blind/Visual Impairment, Physical Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. See more here on our website.
AT for Vision ranges from low tech to high tech and ranges from free to very expensive.
For K-12 students, the federal and state government agencies provide funding that pays for select devices, so that schools do not have to bear the cost. See funding resources below.
Many times a person will need multiple devices, depending a variety of factors including the task they wish to accomplish, the location or environment, and the degree of vision loss/amount of usable vision.
In some cases, increasing contrast can making it easier for individuals who are visually impaired to see letters and objects. Contrast is the difference in luminance or color that makes an object distinguishable. Increasing the background contrast is an easy way for items to stand out and become visible.
Having trouble finding your black phone on the dark counter? Try putting a piece of white paper under the phone. This will make it stand out and easy to locate. Likewise, you can place light colored objects on a dark background.
Adjusting lights can also help with visibility when reading and doing other activities in the home, office, and community. The types of bulbs, color temperature, intensity and positioning of light needed vary by individual and setting. See recommendations from ABLE Tech partner NewView Oklahoma (http://www.newviewoklahoma.org/learn-about-low-vision).
|AT Considerations Related to Vision|
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Assistive technology for vision is listed below. Most links go to ABLE Tech's Device Loan Inventory where you can borrow AT for a 6-week trial. Other links go directly to the manufacturer's/developer's website where you can further research or purchase the AT.
Assistive technology for vision includes:
|Individuals with Vision Needs & Possible Recommendations|
Case Study Forms – SETT Framework
|TODDLER WITH LOW VISION
INDIVIDUAL WITH LOW VISION
INDIVIDUAL WHO IS BLIND
ABLE Tech loans devices at no cost for up to six weeks.
The following resources are from the OK Funding for AT Manual and specifically give guidance on providing assistive technology for vision devices to those with disabilities in Oklahoma: