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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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THE FOLLOWING IS A REMINDER CHECKLIST FOR CONSUMERS OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, AS WELL AS THEIR ADVISORS AND COLLEAGUES.

THE POSSIBLE AREAS OF OFFLINE AND ONLINE USE FOR SUCH HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE INCLUDES VOICE AND TEXT FOR:

- COMMUNICATIONS
- COMPUTING
- DUPLICATION
- PRODUCTION
- STORAGE

HOWEVER, THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ANY ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION SHOULD BE TASK BASED.

FIRST, WHEN YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY ACCESSING PRINTED INFORMATION BEGIN BY CONSIDERING THE LINEWEIGHT DENSITY WHICH IS RATED AS FOLLOWS:

- VIDEO PPI = PIXELS PER INCH - RECOMMEND OVER 300

- PAPER DPI = DOTS PER INCH - RECOMMEND OVER 1200

THEN REVIEW FOR:

A. ON PAPER THE HELP CAN BE...

- IMPROVED LEGIBILITY AND READABILITY
- IMPROVE COLOR CONTRASTS
- HAND MAGNIFIER
- HAND TELESCOPE
- STAND MAGNIFIER
- SPECTACLES: MAGNIFIER, L-E-D OR CAMERA
- VIDEO MAGNIFIER: HANDHELD OR DESKTOP
- TALKING SCANNER: HANDHELD OR DESKTOP
- IMPLANTS:CONTACT OR TELESCOPIC LENS

B. IN COMPUTER THE HELP CAN BE...

- SCREEN MAGNIFIER
- SCREEN READER
- LARGE MONITOR
- MONITOR CONTROLS
- DISPLAY SETTINGS
- DISPLAY KEY COMMANDS
- MARK AND GO TO
- BOOKMARKS
- LOW-VISION KEYBOARD

C. ON PHONE, ONLINE OR IN PERSON THE HELP CAN BE...

- RECORDED SPEECH
- PRERECORDED SPEECH
- ACCESSIBLE PLAYERS
- ACCESSIBLE RECEIVERS
- RELATED BLOGS
- RELATED PODCASTS
- RELATED WEBINARS
- EXPERT ADVISORS - SEE FOOTNOTE
- EXPERT WEBSITES - GOOGLE SEARCH

IN ADDITION, CHECK OUT THESE RELATED ONSITE INFORMATION LINKS:

1. LINK: DEMO CENTERS

2. LINK: DIGITAL VOICES

3. LINK: LIGHT SOURCES

4. LINK: LOW-VISION DISPLAYS

5. LINK: LOW-VISION PRINT

6. LINK: LOW-VISION REHAB

7. LINK: Q IS FOR QUALITY

8. LINK: REMOTE CONTROLS

9. LINK: VENDORS...CCTVs AND OCRs

10. LINK: VISION-LOSS SPECIALTIES

11. LINK: WHITE ON BLACK

FURTHER, THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND OFFERS A WEEKLY INTERNET RADIO BROADCAST ABOUT TECHNOLOGY:

WEBSITE: // MAINMENU DOT ACB RADIO DOT ORG

PLUS, THE HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND HAS A SERIES OF ONLINE SEMINARS, INCLUDING THE SUBJECT OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY:

WEBSITE:WWW DOT HADLEY DOT EDU
SCROLL TO: HEADING - SEMINARS AT HADLEY

LIKEWISE, A PAST SERIES OF AUDIO TECHNOLOGY OFFERINGS WERE PRODUCED BY THE SAN FRANCISCO LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND.

LINK: SFLH SEMINARS
SITE: WWW DOT LIGHTHOUSE - SF DOT ORG
SCROLL TO: HEADING - LIGHTHOUSE PODCASTS

ALSO, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING SERIES OF TALKING REPORTS ON A VARIETY OF ASSISTIVE PRODUCTS:

LINK: FB TECHNOCASTS
SITE: WWW DOT FLYING - BLIND DOT COM
SCROLL TO: HEADING - EYEPOD TECHNOCAST ARCHIVE SECTION

FINALLY, THE FOLLOWING MAY BE OF INTEREST...

WEBSITE: WWW DOT AT ORAL HISTORY DOT UCONN DOT EDU

• FOOTNOTES:

POSSIBLE INFORMATION AND REFERRAL, INSTRUCTORS AND MENTORS...

1. RETINA SPECIALISTS

2. CORNEA SPECIALISTS

3. LOW VISION OPTOMETRISTS

4. LOW VISION OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

5. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALISTS

6. TECHNOLOGY TRAINERS

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