There are numerous products, both high- and low-tech, which have been created to enable blind and visually impaired people to do many things independently. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement of these products or services by the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia. Learning about technology for the blind can be a daunting challenge. For general information about assistive technology for blind people, visit the NFB's International Braille and Technology Center. For a comprehensive list of assistive technology products and services, click here. You may also wish to visit the websites of manufacturers such as HumanWare and Vispero to understand what each vendor actually sells.
NFB Independence Market
Your source for NFB literature and blindness products. The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market offers blindness-related literature, resources, and products as a service to individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss, to their friends and families, and to the general public. The blindness-related products carried by the Independence Market (such as canes, talking watches and clocks, print and Braille writing aids, magnifiers, and medical devices) enable the user to perform everyday tasks more independently. Greater independence empowers blind people to live the lives they want. An extensive free literature collection includes how-to materials, inspirational and thoughtful speeches and articles, and stories on all aspects of blindness - all from the perspective of the blind person. Parents of blind children, blind students, blind job seekers, blind parents, and seniors new to severe vision loss will find materials which address their specific needs. Taken separately, each piece of literature or story may reveal one person's experience or thoughts as a blind person. Collectively this literature tells the story of blind people working together, with love, hope, and determination, to promote equality and to transform our dreams into reality.
ITG (Integration Technologies Group)
ITG provides consulting services, equipment sales, training and repair for a variety of Adaptive Technologies. Hardware Accessibility Products include Humanware Products, Braille Display Systems, Braille embossers, and a CCTV/CCD System. Software Accessibility Products include Dragon, ZoomText, MAGic, Kurzweil, JAWS, Duxbury and WYNN.
National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
The goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society. The program — promoted by iCanConnect — provides outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology and training free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines.
HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the BrailleNote Touch, first Google certified braille tablet, the iOS compatible Brailliant braille displays, Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players, the unique Prodigi® family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and the ultra-portable explore line of electronic handheld magnifier.
Vispero combines two Latin words: visio and spero. Visio means “the vision"; and spero, “hope". At Vispero we are driven in our mission of providing hope, determination, and independence through our complementary family of brands. Vispero is the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. Although officially formed in 2016, our brands Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, Optelec, and The Paciello Group, share a long, rich history as industry leaders dating back to 1975. We develop and deliver innovative solutions that enable blind and low vision individuals to reach their full potential – to gain an education, obtain employment, succeed in professional careers, and live independently throughout their lives.