Tools & Technology
Here at Spectrios Institute, we keep abreast of the latest and best in low vision aids and low vision magnifiers for our patients of every age and ability within the Chicago are and surrounding suburbs. These tools and technologies can enhance learning experiences for students, help patients stay up to date on current events in the media, and help them stay connected with friends and family. It is just one part of our low vision rehabilitation services to help give and maintain our patients’ independence and quality of life. Please feel free to ask one of our specialists which of these low vision products is best for you.
CCTV Electronic/Video Magniﬁcation Machines
Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) work by using a camera to magnify and enhance what is placed in front or under the camera. CCTVs provide electronic/video magniﬁcation in a range from 2X to 100X normal vision and can be used to view a variety of everyday materials, including books, magazines, letters, bills, photographs, medication containers, playing cards, recipe cards, and other objects with small writing.
Computer-Related Assistive Technology
Every individual interacts with a computer uniquely according to his or her own abilities, limitations, and preferences. Accessibility options for the visually impaired are separated into four categories:
- Screen enlargement and enhancement.
- Screen reading and/or tactile output.
- Voice recognition and multiple disability hardware and software.
- Capture/Text-to-speech software and hardware.
With the advancement of operating systems, a person can ﬁnd many of the above basic features imbedded in the newer operating systems (Microsoft Windows 7, Mac Leopard, and Ubuntu for Linux). Additional adaptive software can be added to computers to provide a more robust level of features.
This is an overview of assistive software; it is not a complete listing nor does it endorse any particular product.
Digital Recorders and Players
With the advancement of digital devices and the ability to download documents, audio ﬁles, and DASI ﬁles, people with low vision and vision loss are able to listen to books, documents, music, and webinars via portable devices. This includes the latest tablets and smartphones.