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New Technology Can Improve The Quality of Out Life For The Blind

by on May.03, 2010, under Information Technology

techChances are the people who need to read this news story the most, won't be able to. That's because it will be presented on a newspaper website, or in a newspaper column with a 10-point font. That's makes it difficult for those who are legally blind.

They will be able to read this however if they're among those fortunate enough to get their hands of some of the new high-tech assistive devices for the blind.

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“Ninety per cent of the people who we say are legally blind are in fact able to see to some degree,” said Mark Callaghan, an Independent Living Skills specialist with the CNIB in Timmins. He was one of the organizers of the Technical Aids Show held at Northern College last week in Timmins to show off many of new technical aids that enable those with vision impairment to read.

Callaghan, who is totally blind, admits he is impressed with the growing level of technology available to those with vision problems.

“It basically gives you access to information,” which is critical for a blind person, said Callaghan.

He explained that he subscribes to a service that provides him with an audio CD that has Reader's Digest and McLean's magazine in a spoken format, which enables him to stay current. Callaghan says audio versions of books are also part of his regular routine.

“When I'm with a group of people and they're having a really good conversation about a book they've read, I can say yeah I've read that book too, which is a really nice feeling,” he said.

'TECHNOLOGY GOES CRAZY'

One of the exhibitors at the show, Stephen Ricci of Toronto, is with Frontier Computing. His job is to travel around the province showing off some of the devices now available to the vision-impaired.

“The technology has just been going crazy,” said Ricci

“A couple of years ago, there wasn't many advancements in the hand-held electronic magnifier category,” said Ricci. He said a Korean company then introduced a compact digital magnifier device.

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