October is Blindness Awareness month (#BlindnessAwarenessMonth) and it is a great time to check in with our assistive technology experts to ask them for their top technology recommendations for people who are blind.
We asked Michelle Perkins, who has worked with adaptive technology since 1995, and Gloria Stuart, who has been providing assistive technology services to children and adults in New England for more than 20 years, to give their top recommendations for people who are blind.
Here are the top 5 blindness aids our assistive technology experts recommend:
Both Michelle and Gloria make the new BrailleNote Touch Plus their number one recommendation. The BrailleNote Touch ‘Plus’ Braille Note Taker Tablet is the most powerful and up-to-date note taker in the assistive technology industry packed with educational tools. Designed to be used in the classroom, at home or at work, the revolutionary BrailleNote Touch Plus will be your guide through your life journey!
Gloria Stuart says “I enjoy this innovative new device primarily because it finally addresses access for the educational curriculum in the US. Overall, the BrailleNote Touch offers an all-in-one device for our students who rely on braille as their format for accessing electronic information.” <Click here to learn more about the BrailleNote Touch Plus>
2. & 3. Bluetooth Braille Displays
Our assistive technology experts recommend two different kinds of braille displays: the ElBraille 40 Portable Notetaker and the Brailliant BI 40. Both of these devices provide braille input and output for anyone who uses a screen reader. This gives you a way to read and write in braille. These braille displays can connect to a PC, Mac, iPad and or an iPhone. Some of the screen readers these braille displays work with include JAWS, NVDA, Window-Eyes, ZoomText Fusion, System Access and VoiceOver.
The Brailliant BI 40 braille display is designed for extensive reading with the full comfort and intuitive display navigation with its signature thumb keys. Brailliant BI 40 is smarter balanced approved, making it great for schools and students to use for standardized testing. <Click here to learn more about the Brailliant BI 40>
The ElBraille is the newest portable solution for the blind and the logical next step in notetaker development. It uses JAWS to provide speech and braille output and the JAWS’ BrailleIn feature to allow complete control of ElBraille from the Perkins-style, braille keyboard. <Click here to learn more about the Focus 40 Blue Braille Display>
4. Juliet Braille Embosser with Duxbury
The Juliet double-sided braille embosser with Duxbury combination of hardware and software enables you to produce hard copy braille. Printing hard copy braille is especially useful for math and graphs. Some of the new and exciting features with the newly-remodeled Juliet are that it is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, so you can send files from a computer, iPad or other iOS device, Android device, etc. <Click here to learn more about the Julie Braille Embosser>
5. Eye Pal Solo
Eye Pal Solo is a great recommendation for people who are blind because of its simplicity, ease of use and accuracy. This device is small, portable and simple to use. Eye Pal Solo has only a few buttons and can read almost any text that you place under its camera. It uses a camera to take a picture of the text you place under it and then reads/speaks out loud the print on the page. Eye Pal Solo is a great tool for our elderly and veterans due to its ease of use. <Click here to learn more about the Eye pal Solo>
Contact Us to Learn More about Our Top 5 Blindness Aid Recommendations
To learn more about this or any of our products and services or to schedule a no-obligation demonstration, contact a Low Vision Specialist at New England Low Vision and Blindness to learn more. You can also call our toll free number 888-211-6933 or email us at email@example.com.
Our two(2) state-of-the-art technology showrooms are a wonderful resource, showcasing a variety of leading electronic low vision magnifiers and blindness products. You can schedule an appointment with one of our Vision Specialists who can help you find the right technology, training and care solution.
If you cannot come to us, our staff can even drive out and bring our Vision Store to you, for a no-obligation product demonstration. We offer a comprehensive line of products including electronic magnification low vision aids, blindness products, and leading low vision products for people with glaucoma, macular degeneration and other forms of vision loss.