Specialist equipment used by vision impaired children and young people in education can vary considerably.  Understanding what the equipment is and how to support your child with it can be daunting.

 

So, we have created this handy top five equipment list for parents to learn more about where to go for support with equipment your child may be using.  

 

BrailleNote Image shows pair of hands typing on a Braillenote machine.

Documentation, audio and video tutorials for the BrailleNote Touch Plus, BrailleNote Touch and BrailleNote Apex braille notetakers can be found on the HumanWare Support website. The HW Buddy iPhone app and HW Buddy Android app both contain helpful guides, product walkthroughs and direct access to the HumanWare support service.

 

Support contact details: HumanWare

 

Image shows a BrailleSense machineBrailleSense

The BrailleSense Polaris and BrailleSense Polaris Mini Braille note-takers are supported in the UK by Sight and Sound Technology.

 

Support contact details: Sight and Sound Technology

 

Image shows example of how Zoom Text works on a computer screen.ZoomText

Training videos and documentation for the ZoomText magnification software can be found on the ZoomText Learning web page. ZoomText is supported in the UK by Sight and Sound Technology.

 

Support contact details: Sight and Sound Technology



Image shows woman using JAWS screen reader on a computer.JAWS

Training videos and documentation for the JAWS screen reader software can be found on the JAWS Training web page. JAWS is supported in the UK by Sight and Sound Technology.

 

Support contact details: Sight and Sound Technology

 

Apple iPad and iPod Touch

Apple iPad and iPod Touch devices come with several accessibility features built-in including the VoiceOver screen reader and Zoom magnifier.

 The AppleVis website is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers from around the world and includes guides to these features, together with discussion forums and lists of accessible apps. Additionally, Apple hosts a free accessibility support service.

 

Videos showing VoiceOver in action can also be found on the Vital Tech Videos web page.

 

Support contact details: Apple Accessibility support

 

Image shows the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft productsAccessibility support from Microsoft

The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk can assist anyone using accessibility features on Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Xbox.

 

Support contact details:

Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

  • Telephone: 0800 026 0584

 

Getting help

If you need support with using technology not already covered here, the following organisations may be able to help. 

AbilityNet helpline

RNIB helpline

Thomas Pocklington Trust

If you need any help or have any questions relating to this or any support you may need, please contact the team on: