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8 Great Gifts for your Visually Impaired Loved Ones
Well, the holidays are upon us, and it’s that gift giving time of year. A time where people crowd the malls and online shopping sites to find the perfect present for their loved ones. To make your lives a little easier, we at New England Low Vision and Blindness have put together our Low Vision and Blindness Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones who are visually impaired.
DaVinci — 3-in-1 Desktop Video Magnifier (CCTV) with Text-to-Speech
Scott Krug, President of New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends DaVinci 3-in-1 Desktop Video Magnifier for seniors at home and anyone with low vision looking to regain their independence
The DaVinci 3-in-1 desktop video magnifier is very simple for the senior with no technology experience, yet also expandable for anyone wanting to do more. DaVinci’s wide 9.75″ footprint (one of the widest available) allows users to see more of the magnified image on its 24″ screen, reducing the need to move their document (newspaper, mail, recipe book, etc.) left and right. DaVinci’s super-sharp HD image is great for viewing photos and emotionally bringing past experiences with family and friends to life.
DaVinci desktop video magnifier enables most users to restore their independence helping them with activities of daily living, such as managing their own finances, reading prescription information and numbers, reading expiration dates on food and medications, recipes, Christmas cards, even to more easily watch TV. One of our clients loves to use his DaVinci to watch the birds outside his window. This list goes on and on, which is why I highly recommend DaVinci 3-in-1 desktop video magnifier for seniors and anyone with low vision looking to regain their independence.
The Pebble HD is a versatile handheld video magnifier that is perfect for anyone who is one the go. This lightweight, pocket-sized magnifier is about the size of your average smartphone, and it delivers powerful magnification.
The Pebble HD is small enough for you to bring with you anywhere, including to the restaurant to read menus when you eat out, while you travel to see signs and maps, when shopping to read price tags, sales signs, advertising and flyers, to the pharmacy to read prescription and medication information, to school to read the bulletin board, cafeteria and bus signs, to the library, to work and even when you stay at home for writing checks, light reading, nail care or magnifying anything.
Pebble HD handheld video magnifier is the perfect digital handheld magnifier for anyone with low vision on the go.
Window-Eyes — Screen Reader Software
Michelle Perkins, Senior Technology Consultant and Trainer for New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends Window-Eyes screen reader software for students, professionals and home use by people who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled.
Window-Eyes is a great gift for use at home, school or in the office. Window-Eyes is a screen reader for the computer, providing audio output. Window-Eyes speaks out loud everything on the computer screen, allowing a user who is blind, access to the computer.
Window-Eyes enables people who are blind or visually impaired to be completely independent on a PC and be more successful and productive at school and in the workplace. Students can use Window-Eyes to get access to the curriculum and to complete assignments, professionals can use Window-Eyes for all your business needs, anyone how is blind, visually impaired or print disabled can use Window-Eyes screen reader software to read your email, surf the internet, shop and eliminate social isolation.
Another really cool thing about Window-Eyes is that they have partnered with Microsoft Office to make it FREE if you use Microsoft Office.
Michelle Perkins, Senior Technology Consultant and Trainer for New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display for anyone who is blind and wants Braille on the go.
The Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display is small and portable and great for student, business use, as well as home use, as well as for anyone wanting Braille on the go.
The Brailliant BI 40 is a lightweight 40 cell Braille display with Bluetooth that can be connected to a computer with a screenreader, Mac computer, iPad, iPhone or an iTouch. The Brailliant BI 40 has braille input and output, giving you the ability to read and type in Braille. Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display is also smarter balanced approved, making it great for students to use for standardized testing.
Acrobat HD Mini — 3-in-1 Portable Video Magnifier (CCTV)
David Keeler, General Manager of New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends the Acrobat HD Mini 3-in-1 portable video magnifier for students of any grade level
The Acrobat HD Mini 3-in-1 portable video magnifier is perfect for students of any grade level because of its portability, flexibility and its amazing HD 3-in-1 camera. The Acrobat HD Mini has a rechargeable 6 hour battery, weighs just 12 pounds and has a built-in monitor, making it easy to move from class to class. There is even an optional rolling cases to help students bring their Acrobat HD Mini with them.
Acrobat HD Mini’s HD 3-In-1 Camera gives you distance viewing, close-up viewing, and self-viewing; this device can do it all. Its high definition camera offers an exceptionally clear picture and display. Acrobat HD Mini has a built-in 13.3″ panel monitor with vivid color and contrast display, which is great for seeing everything in your classroom.
Acrobat HD Mini is lightweight, portable and maintains a small footprint. With its strong battery life that lasts up to 6 hours, the Acrobat HD Mini portable video magnifier is ideally suited for any classroom environment.
The Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader is a gift that keeps on giving. Mostly a digital talking book reader, this device also has the ability to record short notes and entire lectures. Material is recorded on a SD card or to the device’s internal memory. Download books directly from BARD and from BookShare and magazines and newspapers from NFB News Line. Podcasts can be downloaded, recorded music can be enjoyed, even listen to internet radio.
The Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader is about the size of a package of large print playing cards. Its telephone-style keypad has large, easy to use keys that give you total control over what you listen to. Move by page or chapter and mark passages you want to reread.
The Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader is great for students, home use and at the office. Students can use the Victor Reader Stream to listen to textbooks, required reading materials, and to record class lectures and listen to them later. The Victor Reader Stream is great when you are relaxing at home for pleasure reading, to make quick memos, and for listening to your favorite books and digital media. Victor Reader Stream is also great at work for note taking, listening to Word documents, presentations and for accessing and preparing presentation materials.
I have been using this player almost since the day it hit the market. The first version was released about 7 years ago. The second generation of the Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader has been on the market for about 2 years. There have been several upgrades, and they have all been free. I download books from the NLS website called BARD and from BookShare. I can also play books from Audible.
I can’t imagine my life without the Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader. It fits in my pocket or under my pillow, enabling me to read whenever I have a few minutes to spare. I can’t imagine a better holiday gift than giving someone the gift of reading and taking books or music with you wherever you go.
Bill Stanton, Lead Systems Installer for New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends the Merlin Elite desktop video magnifier with text-to-speech for anyone with moderate to severe vision loss.
The Merlin Elite is highly versatile and combines the best features of a desktop video magnifier with an OCR text-to-speech feature that enables you to access printed materials into speech. It even connects to an iPad so you can read emails, surf the internet and enjoy social media.
What makes the Merlin Elite desktop video magnifier so effective for a person with low vision is that it’s relatively simple to use to achieve desired results. No technology experience is needed to enjoy using this CCTV.
Merlin Elite’s quality, high definition camera and large viewing monitor allows people with vision loss to read, write and view photography like they used to be able to do. The magnifier and color/background controls give you flexibility in overcoming almost any low vision eye condition. The Merlin Elite desktop video magnifier enables users to once again accomplish simple daily tasks like reading prescription drug bottles, food ingredients and recipes, trimming finger nails, etc.
Merlin Elite weighs just 45 pounds and can be conveniently set up on a table or desk anywhere in your home, classroom or at work.
The Merlin Elite desktop video magnifier with text-to-speech is recommended for anyone who has received a low vision diagnosis. Merlin Elite is great for seniors, students and working professionals. The Merlin Elite desktop video magnifier can successfully address the needs of anyone with moderate to severe low vision.
The New England Low Vision and Blindness Training Team, recommend Low Vision and Blindness Technology Training Services for people with low vision or blindness with limited technical experience.
Here’s a recommendation Low Vision and Blindness Technology Training Services for a “special something” to get for that “special someone” for the holidays. New England Low Vision and Blindness caters to a broad spectrum of visually impaired technology users. Given the wide variety of assistive hardware and software products on the market, our training services cover products that we sell as well as other products in the marketplace, like the KNFBreader. While this app may be quite easy for an experienced iPhone user, a novice may have no luck in figuring it out for themselves.
Not everybody enters into the assistive technology arena with the same level of experience, and that’s where our training services have the most impact. Our flexible, caring and customized training is designed around the individual user, no matter what their level of experiences. Giving your loved one with low vision or blindness the gift of low vision and blindness technology training could make a difference in their quality of life.
We hope that you are enjoying this holiday season and that the suggestions above help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones with low vision or blindness. If you still have questions, please call our office (888-211-6933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to help you find the right low vision products or blindness aids for the one you love.