White Cane Week – Technology

Today, technology helps those who are blind/low vision to live full, independent lives.

Braille above a doorbell.

Low Tech

  • Brightly-coloured and differently-textured bands that can be used to identify bottles and jars.
  • Sock sorters for laundry. Clothespins for shoes and matching gloves
  • Magnets, sticky dots and puff-paint to be used to make items more tactile
  • Heavily-lined note pads, thick-tipped markers and large phone books, large-print and braille greeting cards. Braille and large-print playing cards and game pieces. Braille and large-print calendars. Braille paper and labels
  • Tactile measuring cups/spoons, and other kitchen gadgets
  • Perkins Braillers, slates and styluses, braille label makers
  • Magnifiers and lighting
  • Braille books and print/braille books
  • Tethers used for running
  • Monocular and binocular devices for distance viewing
  • White canes
A pile of various technology including a braille display, bone conductive headphones, a laptop, an iPad, and tablet.

High Tech

  • Screen-reading/magnification software on computers and phones
  • Electronic Braille displays
  • Sight-enhancement glasses such as occutech, ORCAM
  • Sight substitution wearables such as EnVision glasses
  • Services such as Aira and BeMyEyes
  • Apps created for the blind-low/vision, print-disabled community, such as Blind Square, Voice Dream Reader/Writer/Scanner, Surround Sound, Be Specular
  • Reading devices, such as Victor Streams, and wayfinding devices, such as Trekkers
  • Audio-described TV services such as Rogers Ignite, AMI Audio/TV, descriptive soundtracks available at movie theaters
  • Audio books
  • Note takers for recording on a phone, a dedicated device.
  • Location devices such as Way Around tags
  • Medical devices such as ScripTalk and talking health monitoring devices and apps
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