New technologies and equipment fortify the abilities of individuals confronting the challenge of entering a world without sight.
The rapid advance of new technologies designed to assist low and no vision folks has vastly supplemented the mobility given by the use of a simple white cane. Advances in adaptive equipment has expanded access to all forms of information. Today, a hand-held “talking” GPS units can guide you step by step, turn by turn to any destination. White canes can come equipped with radar surveillance which warns the user of posts, pillars, truck mirrors, and low hanging branches. Smartphone enhancements now include the ability to “read” signs, board postings, dinner menus, food labels, and will even perform a facial recognition function.
Specially designed to combat the onrush of Mad, Macular Degeneration, are small portable technologies that brighten, boost character and type size, and gives critical color contrasting to what is being read. We have learned that some struggling with MacD see white letters on a black background better than black letters on a white background.
Eye-Link Minnesota provides a wide range of these assistive technologies, free of any charges to Minnesotan’s experiencing uncorrectable sight loss! We do not accept any State or Federal funding. This vital community outreach program helping low and no vision individuals survives only through the generosity of our donors.