Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired (Part II) 

Cell phones are good tools for increasing productivity, providing security, and enhancing lives with better communication. However, these same devices can be a little more problematic for those who are blind or visual impaired. For these people, there are truly two choices:

Find a good smartphone that comes with the software and features that make them accessible.

Find a basic phone which is simpler to feel and work if you don’t want to delve into the world of touchscreens, text to speech apps, and so on.

Smartphones with The Right Software

Smartphones now have software that will read the text on the screen.

The accessibility features of smartphones have grown drastically in recent times. Major makers now have software that more truly supports accessibility and there is no extra cost to pay.

Screen reading software can be very helpful in removing the barrier of having to read text on the screen in order to navigate on a cell phone. It’s also good for reading websites, emails, and other information brought up when using the browser.

The iPhone has VoiceOver which reads what you touch on the screen and even describes everything happening on the screen, like low battery alerts and informing you of the identity of callers. It’s simple to access by just triple-clicking on the home button.

It will describe images, read email, web pages, and more to you.

To help with composing text messages, it will read not only as you touch letters but also as you enter them, it can correct misspellings, as well as support other modes of entry like handwriting and dictation. There is even a Braille keyboard feature.

Android phones have TalkBack. This service also has a screen reader, voice commands, and lets you connect a refreshable Braille display. Users can alter the display and font size, contrast, and color. They can also utilize a zoom or magnifier function. It adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to the device so that seeing the screen is not required.


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