Assistive Technology

A tabletop covered with various Assistive Technology devices, including Braille displays and notetakers.

The Department of Services for the Blind helps you find the right combination of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and accommodations to help you keep or get a job.

Assistive Technology devices are any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether off-the-shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve an individual’s to meet their employment goals.

Accommodations are adjustments to the environment used by people with disabilities to help them function at a level equal to their peers.

What is Assistive Technology and Accommodation?

Examples of typical AT devices or accommodations for someone who is blind or has low vision are:

  • Software to magnify a computer-screen view or to have what appears on the computer screen voiced or Brailled
  • Handheld or desktop electronic magnifiers to see small print
  • Devices to scan and voice a printed document, flier, or book
  • Changes in lighting to reduce glare or increase visibility
  • Adjustments to a workstation layout to improve workflow & ergonomics

What can DSB do for my AT needs?

DSB’s AT Specialists help people who are blind or visually impaired acquire and use appropriate AT to help them participate in activities of daily living, employment and education.

DSB clients, along with their teams of VRCs, Rehab Techs, Rehab Teachers and Low Vision Specialists, and AT Specialists, decide which type of assistive technology would be most helpful for the client’s career goals. The team is trained to match particular technologies to specific needs to help the person function better or more independently. 

Our AT Specialists

  • Offer with assistance in the selection, acquisition, and use of assistive technology devices 
  • Provide training or technical assistance 
  • Our AT Specialists also stay up to date on the latest products on the market that will benefit their clients.

What if I'm not going back to work? 

The Department of Services for the Blind's Independent Living (IL) Services IL Services can help clients find the right combination of AT aids, devices, and accommodations to help clients regain the desired level of independence in their homes or communities.

Learn more about DSB Independent Living Services and available aids and devices.