Assistive Technology for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Technology is everywhere in today's society—from the computer you are using to visit the FamilyConnect website to the debit card you used at the grocery store this morning, to the remote you click to change channels on your television. Your visually impaired child will use technology in all facets of her life. Sometimes it will be the everyday technology that all people use, sometimes it will be assistive technology, and sometimes the two will overlap.

As your child grows, her technology needs will change. At the same time, the technology available to her will be changing as well. To help your child make the best use of both mainstream and assistive technology to maximize her independence, you will need to know about these ever-changing options.

One way to keep up with what's out there is by subscribing to AccessWorld®, a free, online technology magazine published monthly by the American Foundation for the Blind. Each year it publishes a back-to-school issue in July, and a gift guide in November. You can also download the free AccessWorld app to read AccessWorld on your phone.

You may also wish to explore the AFB database of products for people who are blind or visually impaired, a comprehensive listing of assistive technology products used by people with vision loss. It is the place to go to search for a product or manufacturer, find out what products are out there, and get a sense of which products are the best options for your child.

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