Tools for the visually impaired

The world has changed drastically. There are new innovations on the technological front every day. With the advancement of technology in various fields, efforts have also been made to develop and improve the technology for the blind. There are tools which can be used by the blind that improve their lives and make them feel blessed to be living in this age of technology and innovation. In this article, I have listed out the most useful tools for the visually blind.

1. Screen readers

Screen readers are useful for letting the visually impaired read content from the web. These are programs on the computer which reads out the content loud for the visually impaired.

2. The Perkins Braille Writer:

The Perkins Braille Writer is a  tool that lets the visually impaired type braille texts. It looks much like a typewriter. It is one of the most revolutionary products for the visually impaired.

3. Electronic Braille Writer

One step further in the field of braille writers is the electronic braille writer. It is light and versatile and really helps the visually impaired in creating braille notations.

4. BrailleTranslator.net

This is an online tool that converts English texts into Grade 1 braille notations. You can use it to convert any English text into braille notations instantly on brailletranslator.net.

5. Braillenote apex note taker

If you find note-taking difficult, this is the right tool for you. It lets blind students type notes in Braille and then later convert these notes into audio format.

6. Slate and Stylus

Another major innovation in the field of technology for the visually impaired is the slate and stylus. This is a portable device which can be carried around and used wherever and whenever you want.

7. Ovation

This is another revolutionary product developed by Telesensory. It reads the pages of books and converts words into audio format. It is immensely helpful to blind people who want to read and learn from textbooks.

8. WinBraille

This is a software program that helps you take scanned copies and convert the texts from them into Braille. You can even take printouts of this document using an embosser.

9. Ray phone

This is a smartphone for the visually impaired. It has all the functionalities that you find on a smartphone. It supports a number of apps which are similar to that used in normal smartphones.

10. Scientific Calculators

Advancement in the technology front has resulted in the development of scientific calculators that help the visually impaired with maths. There are special scientific calculators that help students learn their functions easily.

Besides all the above tools, there is something else that makes the lives of the visually impaired a lot easier. It is the guide dog. It helps the visually impaired move around without stepping into obstacles and falling down.

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