legally blind, two supports often come to mind. Guide dogs and
Braille. It’s no wonder. Guide dogs provide their owners with a
sense of freedom, an increased level of confidence, and a feeling
of safety. Blind people who know Braille and use it find success,
independence, productivity, and are more likely to find
the United States who are legally blind, only about 2% have guide
dogs according to Guiding
Eyes for the Blind. Also surprising is that fewer than 10
percent are Braille readers according to a report from the
National Federation of the Blind. Unfortunately, these supports
are currently generally reserved for the elite in our society
because of cost and access. These are unfortunate statistics.
that provide support to the visually impaired and blind
and legally blind.
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explore the world around you using audio messages. It tells you
about nearby places, and it also will set up routes. The app lets
users point the phone in your hand in any direction to hear the
nearest places as virtual talking signs. When pointing straight at
a virtual sign the speech is loud and clear, but as you point away
from it, the speech starts to get staticky, so you have quick audio
feedback about the exact location of the virtual talking
Sighted Volunteer App
enables blind or visually impaired users to lead a more independent
life by giving them access to a network of sighted volunteers and
company representatives. By the tap of a button, users can get
connected to a sighted volunteer, who is ready to provide visual
assistance for the task at hand. You can request assistance at any
time of the day, from anywhere, and it will always be free.
Seeing Artificial Intelligence
using a phone or glasses to identify what is around you out
(iOS and Android)
Google Lookout (Pixel only)
importance of including
alternative text (alt text) with their images. This allows the
person consuming the content to understand what is in a picture if
they are unable to see it well.
readers built in. Other browsers like FireFox
have addons. There is also screen reading software.
resources out there. These are some that are popular among
innovative educators. What is your experience? Have you used any of
these resources with your students are families? If so, what has
your experience been? Are there other resources you’ve used and
loved that are missing?