We Partner with Educators (and Students) to Bring You The Low Vision and Blindness Solutions You Need
Let us be your one stop solution for working with students who need low vision and blindness technology and training. Our experienced staff and full suite of low vision and blindness products and complete training services to support Schools, Universities, Disability Coordinators, Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and students is sure to have every solution you need.
We are blindness and low vision experts, often referred as “The Go-To Company” by educators working with students with visual impairments. We partner with elementary, middle, high schools and higher learning institutions to bring technology and training services to assist:
- Students (K-12 and post secondary)
- Classroom Teachers
- Teachers Visually Impaired students (TVIs)
- Teachers of Students with Special Needs
- Teachers of High School Students in Transition
- Rehabilitation Specialists
- Vision Counselors
- Occupational Therapists
- Low Vision Therapists
- Orientation and Mobility Instructors
- Eye Care Professionals
To serve your visually impaired students, we offer a full suite of low vision and blindness products and training services, including:
Our specialized low vision and blindness experts partner with schools, teachers and students to enable visually impaired students to engage in learning by assessing their needs, recommending low vision and blindness products, setting up systems and providing training for visually impaired students and the education professionals who work with them.
Specialized Vision Experts (100+ years of experience)
Our Specialized Vision Experts provide support, resources, trainings and problem solving to help teachers, students and TVIs. With more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the latest low vision and blindness technology, our experts look forward to emerging technologies and are a resource when new technologies become available.
Our vision experts remain unbiased and can freely recommend the best possible solution for the student no matter who the manufacturer is because they do not receive commissions on any products they recommend.
Our Specialized Vision Experts provide the following services to help low vision, blind and visually impaired students gain a sense of independence and learn to compensate for their vision loss:
- Product Recommendations
- Trouble Shooting
We work with individual students to evaluate and determine the most appropriate technologies, to establish realistic training goals and provide personalized and caring training.
Our Specialized Vision Experts evaluate and provide careful assessment of students, then generate a report making specific recommendations on selection of assistive technology and/or training.
Whether it is a K-12 or college student, our specialized vision experts work to fully understand the needs of the individual and work in collaboration with student’s team in order to identify the best possible solution.
We travel to the school, office, or home to conduct the assessment, and provide a customized solution based on needs and options available.
A comprehensive Assistive Technology Evaluation is a key component to the IEP for any student who has low vision or blindness.
We drive to your location and perform this critical service in partnership with the student’s existing IEP team. We work with the TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) and Low Vision Optometrist to make sure that each evaluation is customized and specific to the special education and related services the student needs.
When requested or necessary, we also sit in on IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings to advocate for visually impaired students.
Our Specialized Vision Experts provide comprehensive training services for visually impaired students and the educational professionals who serve them. Our training services enable students and teachers to use technology to get the student immediate access to tests, notes, presentations, etc. and to have equal access to educational information as their peers.
Our training services may be one time only trainings on specific devices, or may be weekly, monthly quarterly depending on the student, school and teacher needs.
We provide training services to help visually impaired students to use mainstream products (such as PowerPoint, Word, etc.) to keep them on an even playing field with their peers.
Our low vision and blindness training services for students cover a variety of topics, including:
- Low vision and blindness technology
- How to best use equipment
- How to configure equipment
- How to create/print documents
- Key commands for screen readers such as NoteTaker
Our Specialized Vision Experts help teachers understand how to communicate with blind and visually impaired students. We help Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and educational professionals that need a little coaching to understand the latest in emerging blind and low vision technology.
Video Magnifiers CCTVs for Students and Schools
Video magnifiers enlarge written materials and small objects for easier viewing for students with low vision. The video magnifiers can make enlarged print appear in color, in black and white, or in negative (white on black), and some even read text out loud. Using video magnifiers (CCTVs) students can enlarge textbook pages and handouts without having to scan or copy these pages.
Video magnifiers give visually impaired students versatile independence in any learning environment. There are a variety of video magnifiers (CCTVs).
Desktop magnifier workstations remain stationary and are simple to use for any learning ability, offer a large amount of magnification and field of view. Desktop magnifier (CCTVs) help visually impaired students to read text, look at images and enables them to gain educational independence.
Portable video magnifiers are small, lightweight and have their own battery to give students increased mobility to bring their video magnifiers from home to campus and from class to class. Portable video magnifiers allow students to look at images and read text while on the go from class to class.
Students can use their portable video magnifiers:
- read the menu in the cafeteria
- read way-finding signs around campus
- read the signs at the bus stop
- read postings of campus bulletin boards
- …and beyond!
3-in-1 video magnifiers have a movable camera that allows students to see the whiteboard, presentation slides far away on the wall, to see their work on their desks and to even see themselves.
- See distances: the board, videos, slides and PowerPoint presentations, the wall, outside the window, seeing the faces of teachers, situational awareness,
- See up close: handouts, tests, reports, books, homework papers, notes, textbooks, objects, science experiments crafts on your desk
- See yourself: Hygiene maintenance
Handheld Electronic Video Magnifiers are great for students to navigate around campus or to use on the go in the classroom to read signage or postings or for quick spotting. These devices are small enough to fit in your pocket, backpack or purse and are perfect to take on the go.
We especially recommend the Ruby 7 HD Handheld Video Magnifier. It gives you bigger screen, higher magnification and all sorts of new and improved features, including the new PivotCam™— a rotating camera that gives you even more viewing options. Students with low vision love the larger screen that lets you see more and gives you even more magnifying power. This larger screen can display more text and images so you can see more and reading is easier.
Ruby 7 HD also has adjustable reading lines and masks, along with 20 high-contrast color viewing modes help you adjust the image to your personal settings for your best optimal viewing and reading ease. A built-in reading stand is designed to give you ergonomic comfort while you read.
This cutting edge technology includes NuEyes the only wireless CCTV headset on the market. NuEyes featuring ODG Smartglasses gives you CCTV and text-to speech capabilities in an easy-to-use headset about the size of a pair of sunglasses. These smartglasses magnify (up to 12x) and display enhanced versions of anything that you look at.
NuEyes wearable technology gives you all the video magnification you need built into a comfortable headset.
Screen readers read documents aloud to students in their choice of human voices. Screen reading software runs simultaneously with your computer’s operating system, programs and applications and reads everything (text, menus, icons, dialog boxes, webpages, etc.) on a computer screen out loud. Some screen readers even provide screen enlargement.
Screen readers enable students who are blind or visually impaired to be completely independent on a PC and be more successful and productive at school.
Text-to-Speech Software and Devices
Text-to-speech software systems use software and a scanner or standalone text-to-speech devices to read any printed text out loud. Text to speech readers are perfect for making large amounts of text audible and faster to digest. These systems allow Teachers of the Visually Impaired, blind and low vision students to scan text and then convert it to speech and read the text out loud. For textbooks, handouts, tests and other documents that are print (and not electronic), text-to-speech software and devices can scan the text, read it aloud to students.
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text-to-speech software and text-to-speech devices convert text to speech and enable blind and visually impaired students to enjoy text as it is read out loud word for word.
Screen magnifiers run simultaneously with your computer’s operating system, programs and applications to enlarge the content on a computer screen so that it is accessible to students with low vision. Screen magnifying software can enlarge the screen content from 2x up to 20x magnification. Screen magnifiers can enlarge the entire screen or only parts of the screen. These magnifiers can also magnify areas near the cursor and can track and invert colors so that low vision students have independent access to computer screen content.
Note takers help blind and visually impaired students take notes alongside their sighted peers and to print or emboss (into braille) their notes or even send them in an email to maximize their digital communications and educational success. Some note takers provide speech output and are connectable with printers, and computers for printing and uploading text. Note takers are often lightweight and portable and may have braille or QWERTY keyboards.
Note takers allow students to watch in-class presentations and lectures while simultaneously taking notes.
Braille displays can be used alongside blind and visually impaired students’ laptops or note takers. give blind or visually impaired students full comfort and simple to use controls for when they must do large amounts of reading.
Digital Talking Book Readers read books, textbooks and digital content for students. Digital talking Book Readers are similar to mp3 players for the blind and visually impaired and can announce the titles and section headings, folders, file names.
Digital Talking Book Readers help blind and visually impaired students stay current with their school and class reading demands.
Braille Embossers convert electronic text to braille. Braille embossers can produce high-resolution Braille and tactile graphics directly from Windows programs for students.
Teachers can use Braille Embossers to create braille versions of tests, handouts, classroom notes and more for blind and visually impaired students
Braille Translation Software can connect computers to braille embossers to produce Braille text. Braille Translation Software also converts Braille back into text to enable blind and visually impaired students to have access to print and electronic materials and to turn in their work alongside their peers with no delay.
Students, schools, teachers, educational professionals and universities know that when they work with New England Low Vision and Blindness they get access to superior professionals, a quick and easy process and a gold-standard suite of low vision and blindness products and training services.