Aids and Devices

People who are blind or have low vision use assistive technology to do the things they want to do. Assistive technology is an aid or device that makes tasks easier or possible for a person with vision loss. A range of assistive technology devices is available, such as:

  • Magnifiers to aid in reading, arts and crafts, and other activities
  • Specialized glasses to help with glare
  • Talking watches and personal care items
  • Canes to aid navigation
  • Large print calendars
  • Large button phones, calculators, and other home devices
  • Tactile dots for appliances and home electronics
  • Liquid level indicators and other kitchen gadgets

IL Services can help participants find the right assistive technology allowing participants to achieve their desired level of independence in their homes or communities. IL Services team members help participants learn how to use these devices as well.

Return AT Equipment

Phones, tablets, or digital magnifiers with DSB-IL labels on them should be returned to the program when clients no longer need or benefit from them. Please contact the DSB-IL Program Coordinator via email or by calling 206-543-3616 for further instructions and shipping labels.

Get Started

If you or someone you know would benefit from receiving and learning how to use assistive technology, IL Services can help for free. Beginning with an assessment to determine what skills, technology, and resources the participant can use, the IL Services team will help maximize the participant's strengths and independence through targeted training and specialized aids and devices.

For more information contact us at, call 800-552-7103 or request services online.

Download the Independent Living Program brochure (.pdf)