Introduction to Assistive Technology for Vision Impairments

Welcome to the course on Assistive Technologies for Persons with Vision impairments. As per the WHO fact sheet, at least 2.2 billion people in the world have vision impairments. There are so many ways that assistive technologies can improve the quality of life for persons with vision impairments.
We hope this helps you better understand the needs and impact of Assistive solutions for people with vision impairment. Happy learning!

Entrance Survey (Optional):
Assistive Technology for Vision Impairment (google.com)

Module 2: Challenges of Vision Impairment

2.1. Introduction
2.2. Orientation and Mobility
2.3. Access to Education
2.4. Access to Digital content
2.5. Conclusion

Module 3: Assistive Technologies for People with Vision Impairment for various life domains

3.1. Introduction
3.2. Assistive Technologies for Literacy
3.3. Assistive Technologies for Computer and Smartphone Access
3.4. Assistive Technologies for Mobility and Orientation
3.5. Assistive Technologies for Daily Living.
3.6. Conclusion

Who is this course for?
This is a self-paced course designed for technical and non-technical audiences including students in engineering and arts courses who are interested in developing assistive technologies for persons with vision impairment.
What will you learn?
  • What is Assistive Technology for People with Vision Impairments, its scope and impact.
  • Understand Vision Impairment from a functional perspective.
  • The different life domains where Assistive Technology can enable participation and functional efficiency of persons with vision impairment.
  • The different Assistive solutions that are currently available, their pros and cons.
How to navigate the course?
  • Go through each module and watch the respective videos
  • Complete the activities in each module to get a holistic understanding
  • Browse through the additional resource materials (optional)
Additional Notes and References
  • Throughout this course, you will find some references to videos used in the Coursera course on ‘Teaching Children with Visual Impairment: Creating Empowering Classrooms’ by the University of Cape Town.
  • Feel free to enroll in this free-to-audit course where you can selectively watch the videos suggested by us. If you’re interested, you can also choose to complete the entire course, which is a great resource for beginners in this area.