I use these images as examples in my presentations.
Open this link: getting close to legally blind
There is only 1 letter of difference on the vision chart between 20/100 and 20/200…they are that close in visual acuity
Open this link: legally blind
and you will see
20/200, which is legally blind
Now, you can get an idea of what a visual impairment actually looks like
There is a larger population of low vision people than blind. The low vision population is growing rapidly as people age and have diminished sight. If you wish to continue to use your computer with ease, eighteen low vision lessons to teach you how to download large cursors, enhance contrast on your machine, multiple ways to enlarge text in Word, enlarging text and graphics in the Internet and how to set up a low vision device for students in classrooms that need to see the board has been created for you. This group of lessons that will help you increase your ability to SEE everything on your computer. Go to the Low Vision TAB above, where both XP-Office 2003 and Windows 7-Office 2010 are available for immediate download.
Watch video on Youtube: Dr. Denise Robinson demonstrates Low Vision tricks on the computer and How to SEE your computer better
The iPad has several wonderful tricks to enable you to see what you are doing while moving around and typing text. Use Zoom, or enlarge Text or use White and Black. You can combine Voice Over to speak the text while using Enlarge Text or White and Black contrast….so many options.
Watch a Youtube video to get you going: iPad and Low Vision Tricks
As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the BEP is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.
The BEP announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program in a press release issued on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
The U.S. Currency Reader Program launched in two phases:
Pilot: From September 2 to December 31, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), the BEP conducted a four-month pilot where NLS patrons could pre-order a currency reader. The pilot program allowed the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers. Approximately 12,000 NLS patrons pre-ordered a currency reader during the pilot phase.
National Rollout: Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, on January 2, 2015. Individuals interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications, available in English and in Spanish, can be downloaded here.
by Erin Jepsen
From the Editor: This article first appeared in Future Reflections, Winter 2016. Following is the way it was introduced by Editor Deborah Kent Stein:
Erin Jepsen is a low-vision homeschooling mother of four elementary-age children, one blind, one low vision, and two sighted. She is passionate about education for all kids and about teaching Braille. She and her family live in Idaho.
Read full story here: If Braille were Print
WOW–this is great news for all our students. JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota! See details at APH
Freedom Scientific and the American Printing House for the Blind have partnered to make a “JAWS® and MAGic® Student Edition” available to K-12 students in the U.S. using Federal Quota funds! These special software subscriptions will be sold exclusively by APH and will allow students to install full versions of JAWS and/or MAGic on ANY computer they access (up to three machines). This will allow students to have 24 hour, 365 day-a-year access to their computers at both school and home!
Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Maddison, another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, Inseparable.
"People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.