Visually Impaired & Assistive Technology


Let’s understand the term ‘Assistive Technology’ is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Assistive Technology provides Unique Independent Living Solutions to people those are having physical barriers in carrying daily life activities. Here I’m going to talk about Visually Challenged people.
It was a time when Visually Challenged people were not participating in the actively in mainstream society. They had less job opportunities in the public sector. They were fit for the only telephone operator post if not highly educated. Later on situation has completely changed after the invention of screen reading software’s like Window Eyes, JAWS, NVDA and so on.
These days in the developing country like India Visually Challenged people are working in various TOP IT companies as well as banks including public sector and private sector.
Let’s have a look on role of Assistive Technology in education: today Assistive Technology is playing significant role in creating Inclusive Education system across the world. Braille note take, Braille display, smart mobile phones, MP3 recorders, talking calculator and other talking devices has made education easy.

In a country like India, having the large number of Visually Challenged people, the entire section has not benefited from this due to lack of awareness, negligence and poverty.

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