019: Examples of Low and High Tech for the Visually Impaired

[Podcast] Examples of Low and High Tech for the Visually Impaired - Episode #19

There's no denying that technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. The advances that have been made in many regards have helped to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired people around the world. But, that is not to say that “older” techniques and “lower tech” are invalid now. Today, we'll take a look at a few examples of both “low tech” and “high tech” that help make a blind person's life just a little easier!

Question of the Week

Question: Should you mention that you are visually impaired during a job interview?

Answer: Many people have their opinions about this. Some suggest that you should not mention it as the potential employer may simply toss you aside because they don't want to go through that hassle. But, as we know, that is discrimination. If you can do that particular job effectively, then there is no reason to toot you aside simply for the sight impairment. Therefore, I would suggest that you do mention in, letting them know that there is no reason you cannot do this job. That way, they are fully aware of it and don't feel like you “drop a bomb” on them after you get the job. Plus, if you mention it first, you can discuss the potential for making it more accessible for you and others. So, I would say yes, tell them for sure!

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Talking Tech

I love technology! I so enjoy getting to try out new things, drill down into the nuts and bolts and feel like a true nerd! And, technology has made so many things in my life so much easier! While I love my high tech stuff, I know there are many low tech things that help us as well. So, here are just a few examples of some low and high tech for you!

Low Tech

  1. Rubber Band and Index Cards for Lables
  2. White Board
  3. Letter and Envelope Overlay
  4. Monocular
  5. Tactile Dots for Flat Surfaces

High Tech

  1. Smartphone (also Tablets, Smart Watches, etc.)
  2. Audio Descriptive Devices
  3. Magnifiers
  4. e Book Readers
  5. Talking Devices

Regardless of what kind of “tech” you use in your life, if it makes it easier to do things and live as independent as possible, go for it! And, remember: never stop learning new things. Technology can be tricky, but don't give up! It may be just the thing you have been looking for!

Word of the Week

ACCESSIBLE

One definition of this word means “obtainable; attainable.” Technology should make things more accessible, which simply means it helps you obtain something you want and attain a life of independence. Use everything at your disposal to live a more accessible lifestyle!