Blind and Low Vision Devices

The Talking Phone
The Talking Phone by Ameriphone HearMore Telephone for blind, low vision with features that "talk".
Large tilt display phone
AT&T corded Speakerphone at&t Corded speakerphone with an extra large tilt display.
Uniden Digital Answering System
Uniden digital answering system. Model dect 1580 Uniden This 2-handset cordless digital answering system with wi-fi compatibility, highly visible screen
Panasonic Digital Talking Phone
Digital talking phone Panasonic Panasonic model KX-TG9332T 6.0 digital cordless talking phone with large display
Panasonic digital answering phones
Digital answering system (Panasonic model KX-TG7433B) Panasonic This 3-handset model features large display, talking caller ID
Video Mag high-definition hand-held magnifier
Video Mag HD Child-friendly, hand-held video magnifier with high definition
Ruby Hand Held Video Magnifier

Ruby Hand Held Video Magnifier

Freedom Scientific Handheld video magnifier
Tiemann Optolec Compact Viewer
Compact Viewer Optolec Portable document magnifier
Optolec Plus  Compact Viewer
Optolec Plus Optolec Optolec Portable Compact Viwer
Quick Look Zoom
Quicklook Zoom Ash Technologies Inc. Portable document magnifier
Sapphire portable Magnifier
Sapphire magnifier Freedom Scientific Portable document magnifier
Pebble Mini Portable Magnifier
Pebble Mini Enhanced Vision Portable document magnifier
Ottlite with Magniifer
Magnifier Task Light Ott-Lite 2x Magnifying lamp with full-spectrum light
Freedom Scienfic 8x Magnifier
8X Lighted Magnifier Freedom Scientific Lighted 8x handheld magnifier
Enhanced Vision MAX Digital Magnifier
MAX Digital Magnifier Enhanced Vision Magnifies words up to 30x the original size. Connects to any television set with video input. Portable.
PACMate 20 Braille Display
Pacmate 20 Portable Braille Display Freedom Scientific 20-cell refreshable Braille display. Connects to PC or Mac via USB cable.
Plextalk Daisy Reader
Plextalk Pocket DAISY Reader Plextalk Portable Daisy Reader about the size of a cell phone.
Dancing Dots Limelighter for visually impaired musicians
The Lime Lighter Dancing Dots The Lime Lighter lets people with low vision read print music with ease, clarity and comfort.
Voxcom III
Vox Com III with 50 reusable cards Maxi Aids A voice labeling system that can be used to identify any item a card can be attached to, medication, clothing, food, household items, etc.
Pen Friend
PenFriend Voice Labeling System Independent Living This device allows users to easily record, and re-record, information onto self-adhesive labels. 
iBill Talking Banknote identifier
iBill orbit research Talking Banknote identifier
Colorino color identifier and light detector
Colorino MaxiAids Talking Color Identifier
Acrobat CCTV
Acrobat LCD CCTV Visual-Tech Connection Desktop document magnifier
Enhanced Vision Acrobat HD Ultra
Acrobat HD Ultra Enhanced Vision Desktop document magnifier
Humanware Prodigi Desktop Magnifier
Humanware Prodigi  Humanware Desktop document magnifer, comes with portable device
Optolec Clear Reader Plus Video Magnifier
Optolec Clear Reader Plus Optolec text-to-speech and OCR reading and scanning device
HIMS ebot pro video magnifier
E-Bot Pro HIMS Video Magnifier compatible with iPad and Android devices
Humwanware Braillenote Apex 18 Perkins keyboard style
Braillenote Apex 18 Perkins Humanware Braille notetaker in Perkins keyboard format
Humanware Braillenote Apex 18 Qwerty keyboard format
Braillenote Apex 18 Qwerty keyboard Humanware Braille notetaker in Qwerty keyboard format
Humanware Victor Reader Stratus 12 M daisy, mp3 player
Victor Reader Stratus 12 M Humanware Daisy, MP3 Player with text-to-speech
Humanware Connect 12 Electronic Magnifier
Connect 12 electronic magnifier Humanware Magnifies 1-24X

AT Ohio Blog

Many Anniversaries to Remember, Learn and Grow

As many folks know, July 26th was the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). October is the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. June 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the national Vocational Rehabilitation program.

In Ohio, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (housing our state’s vocational rehabilitation program) and by legislation in 2016, the month of October is designated as "Disability History and Awareness Month." During this month, schools in Ohio are encouraged to provide instruction and events focused on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement.

Many states designate either the first two weeks or the entire month of October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

Given the intersection of all these observances, let’s ponder a few questions.

Many times when you meet someone their first question is “What do you do?” Employment seems to be the first measure by which we assign identification or even value to a new acquaintance. Next, might come where do you go to school, where do you live, who are your parents, what else do you do or where do you volunteer?

Employment and access to opportunities are a strong part of everyone’s ongoing growth, learning, and progress. As a state and a nation, we are continuing to recognize that people with disabilities, like all citizens, learn and contribute and should have equal access to growth and value in their communities.

People with disabilities have pushed, advocated, and even changed laws to achieve “nothing about us without us” so that we can make our own choices, join the organizations we choose, work in our communities, and look to leaders that are people with disabilities themselves – or perhaps be a leader yourself.

We still have a long, long way yet to wheel, walk, and crutch to real equality. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, 19.3 percent of persons with a disability were employed. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for persons without a disability was 66.3 percent. While we have strengthened Home and Community-Based Services, many do not have the informed choice to live where they wish.

Knowing our history helps to inform our future. As we focus on disability history, the history of another movement reminds us too. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Remember women who simply picketed the White House for the right to vote were jailed for 6-7 months, some on multiple occasions, and were force fed through tubes down the nose and throat to stop hunger strikes.

Read the National Council on Disability 1986 report – Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities - With Legislative Recommendations – that lead to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Remember and read about Justin Dart – many call him the father of the ADA – as he traveled across the county gathering stories and data supporting the need for and passage of ADA as well.

Learn about the sit-ins in federal buildings by people with disabilities & the disability community to push the issuance of long-delayed regulations on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Capitol Crawl up the U.S. Capitol steps where many left their crutches and wheelchairs to show the lack of access to the U.S. Capitol and the immediate need for the ADA. Remember and review the demonstrations at Gallaudet University to appoint the first University President who is a person who is deaf.

Remember how hard we have worked for equal access to technology in the workplace and how technology has improved access to reasonable accommodations – and the Assistive Technology Act. In this time of COVID-19, it is technology that has kept us connected and increased access as many with underlying conditions have sheltered in place.

October this year is both a time to learn from new pressures and opportunities, to care for ourselves & others, and learn of our anniversaries. As we move forward, Assistive Technology of Ohio will continue to bring you news & interviews via technology, transcripts, and articles as we continue to learn current ideas, issues, and happenings.

My hope is Ohio’s Disability History and Awareness Month gives future generations the opportunity to learn from our past too


-- Mark Seifarth, AT Ohio consultant