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As we are all aware of, technology has come a long way in helping people who are blind or visually impaired to ‘see’. Although technology doesn’t necessarily restore someone’s lost sight, it has enabled the visually impaired to read, study, travel and work independently. The continual improvements, whether they are incremental or revolutionary, just show the pace at which the world is changing and becoming more user friendly and accessible to everyone – the real bonus to living in a technologically driven world.

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Out there in the world of gizmos and gadgets, there are innumerable forms of assistive technology designed for people who are visually impaired or blind, whether it is a screen reader, magnifier, scanner or smart phone application. These forms of technology are useful for everyday life as it enables people who have low or no vision to read books, use their phones/tablets/computers, study, and work.

If you want to find out more about assistive technology, check out this article here on some equipment you may potentially find useful.

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Smartphone applications are one piece of technology that has really revolutionised the way that people with a vision impairment or blindness live out their daily routines. Often assistive equipment such as a scanner or magnifier is turned into an application that can be purchased and downloaded onto the smartphone. It obviously isn’t the real deal, but at the very least, sufficient for a convenient quick fix solution. There are many fairly inexpensive applications out there in the market that can significantly aid people who have vision loss to perform routine tasks such as quickly typing a text message, finding a destination, reading money or magnifying text.

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