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When we think of low vision, we think of older adults, but there are medical conditions such as congenital cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity or amblyopia where younger individuals have vision loss as well.  There are a number of technology tools and devices that will enable a person with low vision or vision loss to attend college and move on into employment.

Many colleges offer a disability center that provides support for a variety of disabilities and can assist students with securing such things as books on tape, adjusted test taking alternatives and much more.  Dr. Bissell offers customized telescopic eyeglasses that can help a person with vision loss see more clearly.  Additional visual tools such as an E-bot which is sturdy and very portable, collapsible device that can magnify near or far and adjust your viewing image based on familiar touchscreen gestures.  This device can be paired with a PC laptop, MacBook or HDMI Monitor.

A Braille Sense U2 gives students the option of using a standard keyboard or a Perkins-style Braille keyboard. Each has computing capabilities similar to a small computer or netbook but can also read text and eBook formats aloud or present the text on a line of refreshable Braille.  It also comes equipped with special apps such as GPS, Google Maps, Excel and Power Point viewers and social media apps for keeping in touch.

Do you enjoy surfing the web?   With limited vision do you find you are no longer able to use your computer as before?  Google may have the answer with Google tools that are available to help those who are blind or have low-vision people use the web. Customized settings, keyboard shortcuts and browser plug-ins may require some assistance to configure settings, but the end result may be worth the effort.

The step-by-step instructions on increasing font size, contrast, calendars and screen readers are found in this article by Andy Wolber from Tech Republic.  They also provide a link to Google Apps for blind and low vision users.

Millennials have a variety of tools at their fingertips and have found technology can help them achieve their goals and dreams.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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