Low Vision and Blindness Holiday Gift Guide
8 Great Gifts for your Visually Impaired Loved Ones
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Well, the holidays are upon us, and it’s that gift-giving time of year. A time when 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 Pro HD OCR Desktop Magnifier – 2 Great Low Vision Products in 1 – Both a Video Magnifier and an OCR Speech Reader
Scott Krug, President of New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommend’s the DaVinci Pro HD OCR Desktop Magnifier for seniors at home and anyone with low vision looking to regain their independence.
DaVinci Pro HD OCR Desktop Magnifier is an easy-to-use CCTV video magnifier with both a High Definition (HD) camera providing super sharp image quality, plus a built-in text-to-speech OCR reader.
If you are considering a CCTV, you must see DaVinci Pro HD OCR Desktop Magnifier. It is amazingly simple, for anyone technologically illiterate, yet expandable, so it stays relevant and useful for years to come.
Are your eyes fatigued when you read lots of text? Give your tired eyes a rest with DaVinci Pro’s text-to-speech OCR feature. Let DaVinci Pro read your favorite article or book aloud. This is a huge benefit for anyone who wants to read a lot of voluminous print, which is often found in books, newsletters, magazines, etc. Simply place your printed text under the HD OCR camera and press a button; DaVinci Pro will begin reading what is on the screen within a few seconds. https://nelowvision.com/product/davinci-pro/
The Pebble HD is a versatile handheld 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 the 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.
Michelle Perkins, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist 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.
David Keeler, former 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 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.
Gayle Yarnall, former Assistive Technology Consultant for New England Low Vision and Blindness, recommends the Victor Reader Stream Digital Talking Book Reader for students, at home or in the office.
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.
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 email@example.com) and we will be happy to help you find the right low vision products or blindness aids for the one you love.