Blind/Low Vision

Vision conditions may include nearsightedness or farsightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinopathy or the absence of any sight at all resulting in total blindness.  Limitations could include blurriness, blind spots, floaters, tunnel vision or any other visual disturbances.

The categories listed below include products that can assist individuals with any number of limitations resulting from vision conditions.  Because there are so many potential solutions for vision limitations, CAP cannot list all possible accommodations.  The products listed below present a variety of unique features to accommodate an array of limitations and are most often certified for use on federal agencies’ networks.

Audio Output Devices (E-Reader) (1)

DAISY players and digital recorders.

Braille Displays (4)

The "refreshable" Braille appears one line at a time. Braille displays, used by people who are Braille literate, must be used in conjunction with screen readers, which contain the software necessary to activate the Braille display. Compatible with word processing, database, commercial web browsers, and spreadsheet applications, Braille displays make proofreading, spreadsheet, and database applications more efficient than speech output alone.

AT Demonstration Video - Braille Display
Learn more about this technology in our Braille display product demonstration video.

Braille Embossers (1)

A Braille embosser is a printer that creates tactile Braille cells instead of written text.  Using Braille translation software, a document can be embossed, making Braille production more efficient and available to people who are Braille literate.

Braille Translators (1)

A Braille Translator is a software program that translates a script into Braille cells, and sends it to a Braille embosser, which produces a hard copy in Braille script of the original text.

CCTV (8)

Desktop video magnifier or closed-circuit television (CCTV) provides low vision aid for a full range of visual magnification of hard-copy printed materials.  Video Magnifiers are used by people with low vision to help with reading and writing difficulties. The desktop video magnifier has a camera and monitor connected to display real time images with versatility and visual magnification aiding which allows the user to control the focus, magnification, and screen preferences setting.

AT Demonstration Video - Closed Circuit Televisions
Learn about how Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) can help employees with vision limitations.

Large Print Keyboards (6)

Large key keyboards and large print keyboards have keys and/or letters that are larger than those found on standard keyboards.

Monitors (3)

Large monitors are used to assist individuals who have vision limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  They accomplish this by allowing an individual to see more information on a single screen or by allowing enlarged content to be visible on the screen.


Notetakers (11)

Store up to six thousand Braille pages. Portable notetakers can be operated from a desktop or from a person's lap. All models have built-in speech synthesizers; some also have Braille displays. Portable notetakers are used instead of a pen/pencil and are similar to portable data assistants (PDA). Users can choose between the Perkins style (eight key Braille input) or a standard typewriter keyboard.

Portable CCTV (5)

Portable CCTVs are used to assist individuals who have vision limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  Portable CCTVs accomplish this by allowing an individual to magnify hard copy materials that contain text that is too small to see by the individual.  The Portable CCTV may also come with additional features, such as color contrast, that assists in viewing printed hard copy materials.  A Portable CCTV’s compact size allows it to be taken to and used from multiple work locations.

Scanner (1)

A scanner converts typewritten or typeset material into computer images. Once scanned a scanner/reader can be read immediately, stored on a computer disk, saved into a word processing application, or prepared for Braille production.

Scanner/Reader (5)

Scanner/Readers convert typewritten or typeset material into clearly spoken synthesized speech. Scanners/readers feature both verbal output and text highlighting, assist in facilitating reading, and can be used in conjunction with a document scanner. Individual settings are available for screen color, reading speed, degrees of highlighting, and note-taking capabilities. Scanned text can be read immediately, stored on computer disk, saved into a word processing application, or prepared for Braille production.

AT Demonstration Video - Scanner/Readers
Learn about how Scanner/Readers can help employees with vision limitations

Screen Magnification (3)

Screen magnification software is used to assist individuals who have vision limitations that prevent them from accomplishing essential job tasks.  Screen magnification software accomplishes this by allowing individuals to enlarge text and graphics on a computer screen.  The software is loaded onto an individual’s computer and functions as a magnifying glass on the computer screen.  Screen magnification software often comes with additional capabilities, such as text-to-speech, various color contrast modes and changing the visual display of items on the screen, such as the cursor or insertion point in a document.

AT Demonstration Video - Screen Magnification/Reader Software
Learn how screen magnification software can assist individuals with low vision.

Screen Readers (2)

Screen reading software operates a speech synthesizer, which voices the contents of a computer screen. Screen readers are helpful in navigating programs and word processing documents. The user, through windows-based keystrokes, navigates the electronic environment, hearing the prompts, dialog boxes, etc. Screen readers highlight words as they are read by the computer. Screen readers are compatible with word processing, spreadsheet, commercial web browsers and database packages and can be used in conjunction with screen enlargement and Braille output products.

Voice Recorders (1)

Voice Recorders are devices that use a microphone to record audio information and save it in a digital format.  They can sort audio files into folders, play back information and download the information on a computer.