Assistive Technology

Advances in computer and internet technology are introducing new tools for the visually impaired and the blind at a rapid pace.
The Lighthouse of SWFL teaches clients how to use and access computers, tablets, iPads and iPhones, despite their visual impairment, by learning how to use and access the screen magnification program and screen reading programs that are built into the devices at no extra cost.
Clients can learn how to access email, a calendar, books, video magnifiers, color identifiers, money identifiers, a talking calculator, and more.
As one of the fastest growing areas in the field, the Assistive Technology Department can teach clients how to apply adaptive software and tech devices for everyday use.

Courses include:

  • Screen magnification software: (ZoomText, Magic, etc.)
  • iPads, iPhones, Tablet devices
  • Screen reading software: (J.A.W.S., Window Eyes, etc.)
  • Optical Character Recognition (O.C.R.): O.C.R. is an adaptive technology software program that converts text to speech. This software gives access to the text of any printed materials including personal mail, menus, recipes, newspapers, etc.
  • Standalone GPS devices: (Trekker Breeze)
  • Note Takers: Basically a laptop for with or without refreshable Braille displays.
  • Accessible media players for individuals living with blindness or vision impairment: Learning about the many tools of an mp3 player, digital recorder, etc. and more empowers those with blindness or vision loss to access media files, book readers, text to speech capabilities, and more.
  • Cell Phones with accessible software: Learn how to use screen reading / screen magnification software for a personal cell phone/tablet.
  • Computer Skills: This course is offered for high functioning individuals that need minimal enhancements. Students will be taught how to adjust settings, such as screen resolutions, font type and size, mouse pointer enlargements and more.
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