“These free sessions will show how new assistive technology can help people with low vision or severe vision impairments surf the Internet, access email and navigate their computer desktop,” says Society President David Ekin.
For example: ZoomText software allows people who are visually impaired to see and hear everything on a computer screen, and provides access to applications, documents, email and the Internet. This software can assist individuals with early vision loss, and visual impairments such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.
The Victor Reader Stream is a device that enables people who are visually impaired to store and listen to “talking books” available from many resources, and from any text file on computer; it doubles as a voice recorder for personal notes, meetings or lectures.
MAGic screen magnification software helps people with low vision view text and images on a computer screen in large size, while hearing content spoken through a speech synthesizer. The user-friendly software magnifies the screen as much as 16 times its normal size and includes powerful features that allow users to customize screen display for efficient and comfortable use.
In addition, JAWS for Windows is an enhanced, multi-lingual software speech synthesizer and “talking text” system whose languages include American English, British English, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Finnish. Its applications help users operate computers and visit Internet websites.
The free demonstration sessions at the Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 27 for ZoomText software and on Friday, May 11 for the Victor Readers Stream and Friday May 25 for MAGic screen magnification. RSVPs are required but individual demonstrations and training lessons for assistive technology demonstrations are available by appointment.
To attend a scheduled session, call Sirrendrick Smith, the Society’s Assistive Technology Specialist at 314 301 7363. For individual demonstrations or training lessons by appointment, call 314 986 9000. The Society and its Drews Low Vision Clinic are located at 8770 Manchester Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63144.
Founded in 1911, the Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired enhances independence, empowers individuals and enriches the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired including children, adults, and their families. Many services are offered at no cost or low cost. Its caring, qualified staff provides specialized vision rehabilitation, adaptive education, assistive technology and support services.
The nonprofit Society serves a growing number of older adults who are newly visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind due to age-related eye conditions by providing home-based services, specialized services, community activities and social programs. It also provides support to school-age students at school districts in Illinois and Missouri, and at its offices.
For information, contact the Society at 314 968 9000 or visit the website http://www.slsbvi.org. Media relations contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.