We live now in an era of rapidly advancing technology. Just a few decades ago a computer in your home would be a pipe dream. Now we have smart phones that have more computing power than some of the early space missions. As we age, the ability to see some of the smaller print on this technology can diminish. There is adaptive technology that can help us use our computers and telephones and stay connected in this high-tech world.
The old saying in the computer world is “garbage in, garbage out.” If you can’t see your keyboard to properly enter data or type an email, then using your computer can become extremely frustrating. To help with that, the Greystone BigKeys LX Keyboard allows the user to locate and operate the keys easily due to its 1 in. square keys mounted on a standard size keyboard. It is a full function keyboard with punctuation and function keys and even has an assist mode. Low vision users may opt for the outstanding contrast of the EZ See Large Print Keyboard which features the largest lettering available and has black characters on a yellow background to make all the keys highly visible. If the standard keyboard format doesn’t work for you, you could try an alternative keyboard. The Intellikeys USB Alternative Keyboard provides computer access for anyone who suffers from low vision (or any other cognitive disability). Its many overlays make it one of the more flexible keyboards available. Through the use of “hot keys,” common functions such as the Internet or email can be made easier. Infogrip has designed the Infogrip Large Print Keyboard specifically for those who are vision impaired. It is both Windows and Mac compatible and connects via a USB cable. Now you can feel free to use the most important interface on your computer with confidence!!
While the Internet and email is nice, nothing has the personal touch like the sound of your voice. For those that have a hard time using a telephone due to vision impairment, there are plenty of options for you to keep in touch with friends and family. Many phones for your home come with large screens and even voice prompts to help you not only make a call, but answer one. The Geemarc Large Screen Amplified Corded Telephone for Vision Loss not only features full vocalization of names, numbers, and even menu commands, but also gives the user a large print instruction manual. What good is a large print telephone if you can’t see the instruction manual? Maybe you would prefer to be mobile in your home and still be able to use the phone. In this case the Clarity DECT 6.0 Amplified Low Vision Cordless Phone with Answering Machine keeps you free to be anywhere in the home and be able to see and use your telephone. It has high contrast numbers and a backlit keypad and a large font CID display to make it easier to see in the day and during the night. Its digital answering machine allows the user to listen through the handset or by speakerphone. The ability to use your voice to dial your phone can be extremely convenient. Many phones have small buttons and dialing the wrong number can be embarrassing. The Able-Phone Voice Activated Inline Telephone Dialer allows the user to simply tell the phone who to dial by using their voice and not having to press a button. Once the unit is programmed, you can call up to 60 people just by saying their name. One way to use photos to dial a phone is with the IntelliSolve FotoDialer Telephone Companion. By putting pictures of your loved ones on the device and just pressing the picture to place the phone call it’s easy peasy. With six pages and four slots per page, that means you can program up to 24 numbers and call them by just pressing their smiling face!! The most important phone call you may ever need to make is to 911. This is not a time to fumble to see the buttons. The Logicmark Guardian Alert 911 System simply plugs into an existing phone jack and does all the work for you. No fumbling to make sure we dial the correct number.
Staying connected is important for a number of reasons. Socially and medically it’s important that we be able to communicate. For whatever reason that might be holding you back there is a technology solution to help.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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