We live in a highly digitalsociety . Most of us are constantly using our phones, laptops, computers, and tablets. We use these devices to learn, to play games, to do work, to read, and to communicate and interact with each other.
But what if you’re blind ? Are you able to participate in our digitalsociety ?
Absolutely! People who are blind and visually impaired can, and do, use computers , phones, and other electronic devices just as much as sighted people. People who are blind just have different ways of accessing these devices. Blind people use what’s called assistive technology , including screen readers, refreshable braille displays, and digital screen magnification to interact with high-tech products.
Assistive technology is any hardware or software used by people with disabilities to access computers, phones, tablets, and printed materials. There are many types of assistive technology, and different disabilities require different technologies. Read more here
…Changes are due to neuroplasticity, which means that our brain can react and change in line with the environment it is interacting with. Therefore, the brain is able to rewire itself when visual information is not available.
With assistive technology, blind children learn skills quickly and can compete with sighted peers
A new study delves into the neurological changes in people with blindness. It demonstrates that losing one’s sight before the age of 3 causes long-term alterations and subsequent enhancements to the other senses.
Michael walking around school, carrying his computer, with cane and a big smile
My name is Michael and I am from Beijing China; but now I live in the United States, and I am blind. I have been using mainstream technologies for almost 10 years now. With specialized adaptive technology I’m able complete the same tasks as my sighted peers in school. These tasks include reading and editing documents in word; downloading books from Bookshare; creating PowerPoint presentations; plotting points on graphs in Excel and so much more.
Without access to this technology and instruction in the technology, people like me are unable to perform these tasks. Technology has played a tremendous role in my life. If this technology did not exist, I would not be able to keep up with my peers with any efficiency.
Accessing his education through use of a PC Computer/Screen Readers/Braille display