(M) Magnification Tools for People with Low Vision (#AToZChallenge)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to break down misconceptions that still exist regarding the blind and low vision community. Today I want to discuss magnification tools for people with low vision. 

There are many magnifiers to choose from. There are full page magnifiers as well as pocket size magnifiers. There are also magnifiers with LED screen magnifiers that allow users to change color contrast and adjust the font size. These magnifiers come in a range of sizes, they can be as small as a mobile phone to the size of a desktop computer. You can learn more here. 

There is also software that magnifies the screen on the computer and is available free on Windows and mac devices.

I resisted using these tools while in school because I did not want to look more different. The glasses I use are in fact magnifiers as I use a very high prescription and I did not want to be seen with extra tools. This attitude did more harm to me and made things much harder for me so I should have used these tools as things would have been much easier for me.  

Tools that Help Me as a Visually Impaired Person

October is Blindness Awareness Month and today I want to share some of the tools that make my life easier as a visually impaired person. I hope that this will be helpful. These tools work in the workplace as well.

1. Sharpy Marker

I can no longer see the ink from regular pens or pencils. I need a lot of contrast to be able to see things so a black bold marker stands out and I can see what I am writing. These days I only ever write on paper when I am making a greeting card.

2. Glasses

I need to use a very high prescription when it comes to my glasses so they make my eyes look very big. My glasses help me see objects and people but I cannot see small details.

3. A White Cane

Image is of a white cane – Photo via Wikipedia

I use a white cane even though I have some usable vision. The white cane helps me detect curves and steps and objects that may be in my path. The cane also alerts others that I cannot see them so well. I use it when I am out on my own for safety reasons and it is a very helpful tool for me.

4. A Smart Phone

I use the screen reader and magnification accessibility options on my phone. I use TalkBack on Android. I am thankful for these accessibility options because they allow me to access my phone independently. I access my computer in the same way.

Share Your Tools

Feel free to share the tools that help you each day whether you have a disability or not. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.