According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association, assistive technology (AT) is any device, equipment, or product that enhances daily living for an individual with a disability. AT ranges from low tech to high tech and includes a variety of forms and functions. Assistive technology has the main function of making life easier for individuals who have difficulty in everyday life.
Assistive Technology and Low Vision
Assistive technology is often prescribed by the Low Vision Optometrist to help a person with low vision with tasks such as reading, writing, shopping, watching TV, etc. Some common AT that may be prescribed include electronic magnifiers, CCTVs, bi-optics, talk-to-text and text enlargement features of tablets/phones, etc. Some of these are pictured below. There are community resources, such as Signal Centers in Chattanooga, TN, that provide support and training in the use of AT, and may even have pieces of equipment that can be loaned for short or long term use!
The Low Vision Network
The Low Vision Network is a team of various vision rehabilitation professionals. When an individual with functional problems is seen by an ophthalmologist, they are often referred to the Low Vision Network for assessment and treatment of the functional concerns. Individuals referred to the Low Vision Network benefit from collaboration between a low vision optometrist, low vision therapists, assistive technology specialists, and mobility professionals.
If you or a loved one are interested in low vision rehabilitation, and think you may benefit from assistive technology, contact the Low Vision Network using the information found below.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Low Vision Network