Over the last 20 years advances in technology have made a big difference in the lives of people who are blind and partially sighted.
This has resulted in significantly more employment and increased independence.
Computers and Internet
Lack of access to information has traditionally been one of the most debilitating aspects of blindness. Development of various technologies, hand-in-hand on the Internet, which remains substantially changed everything.
Now, any text displayed on a computer screen can be read using text-to-speech software, or read using Braille displays – slab where Braille dots can be raised and lowered according to the output of the computer.
Thus, websites, e-books, and online publications are now all accessible to people with vision problems.
Even in cases where the text is available in electronic format offers new technology solutions. Printed materials can be scanned using a standard scanner. The scanned images are then transformed into text using optical character recognition software (OCR). Can read the text as discussed above.
Increased employment opportunities
The same software also allows the blind to send email, word processing and spreadsheet use complex, writing computer programs, and do anything on the computer that is not essentially visual in nature.
As a result, the whole set of employment opportunities even think to reach for people with visual impairment, now offers a real possibility. The blind man who managed to work as a computer programmer, network analyst, journalist, and more.
Until now, the use of SMS technology affordable for most people blind.
Now, however, the same program used in the computer to display text on your mobile phone speech, which allows you to read and write SMS messages, use the address book, and create anything on your phone that you might want, all without looking at the screen.
The power of magnification
For those who still have some vision left, various magnifying glasses and binoculars offer excellent value.
There is also a special computer program that is available to improve the text, or reverse the colors, on a computer screen or mobile phone. Some programs are well designed and offer a variety of customizable options, and allows you to modify the program to suit your needs.
People with low vision can also use closed-circuit television system to read a book or newspaper. It consists of a special camera that magnifies anything placed under it and display it on the screen.
Other useful tools
There are many other tools available that can make life easier for people with vision problems. These include liquid level indicators, self-threading needles, scales speech, and Braille and talking watches, to name just a few.