Introduction to Assistive Technology for Vision Impairments

Module 2.5. Conclusion

We have looked at the various challenges faced by persons with vision impairment, examples of these individuals who possess self-determination, are aware about their own visual condition and the impact that it has.
If a person with vision impairment is well-socialized and supported at home, exposed to enough training to be independent and is able to set goals for himself/herself, they can thrive as well as anyone else in an educational or workplace environment.
With advances in digital information technology, persons with vision impairment are plugged into the digital world and hence have better access to education and jobs, than a decade ago. In the following module, we will look at the assistive technologies that have supported this revolution in making the world accessible for persons with vision impairment.

Module 2: Key Takeaways
Functional barriers for people with vision impairment include:
  1. Orientation and mobility, where auditory and touch awareness become the two key sensory aspects.
  2. Access to education – Looking beyond conventional printed material at specialized formats including braille, large print, audio, and/or digital.
  3. Digital accessibility – Formats and design that supports screen reader feature. Speech to text and description of visuals are some of the additional features that can enable effective interaction with digital content.