Assistive Technology Discovery Center

Technology has opened up the world for people who are blind and visually impaired, making it easier than ever before to be independent at home, school, work, and in the community.

Assistive technology includes a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, televisions, smart speakers, apps, computer software, video magnifiers (handheld, desktop, and wearables). There are devices that can help you maximize your remaining vision, read the printed word to you, help you keep your calendar and provide reminders, and even assist you when navigating outside your home.

Adult Assessments

We do not sell assistive technology. We are focused on helping you become an informed consumer, so that before you make an investment in any kind of technology you can understand what it does, the pros and cons, and most importantly if it is the right solution to meet your needs or if perhaps there is something better, less expensive, or easier to use.

Assessments are primarily done in our Assistive Technology Discovery Center where we have a wide range of products that you can try and learn about.

Student Assessments

Our Assistive Technology staff can be contracted by school systems to provide comprehensive assistive technology assessments as part of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. Complete and submit this packet in order to get started.

Training

Once you have invested in a device, it is important to ensure that you are getting the most out of it. We can help you learn how to use your new equipment to its fullest potential. Training is offered both in our Assistive Technology Discovery Center and in some cases it can also be done in your home.

We also periodically offer small group workshops on particular topics.

Video Magnifier Rentals

A video magnifier, or closed-circuit television (CCTV), provides a magnified image for use by people with low vision to enable them to maintain an independent lifestyle at work, home, or school. A video magnifier consists of a camera, monitor, lighting, and usually a stand.

IN-SIGHT rents gently used video magnifiers for $20 per month (plus a small one-time fee for delivery, if needed). The monthly fee is low enough to accommodate folks who may not be able to afford a new machine or for those that would like to try the machine out before purchasing a new one. IN-SIGHT does not sell new machines, but we can recommend area dealers who do.

For more information about our Assistive Technology programs, contact us at info@in-sight.org.