What is Assistive Technology?
Technology can make life easier for everyone.
Technology can make life easier for everyone, but this is especially true for people living with vision loss. There are many tools and devices to help you access information, find your way around, connect with friends, or enjoy your favourite activities.
Some of these tools and technologies may be new to you, but you may be surprised at what can connect or enhance the devices you may already own, such as your smartphone.
We provide and offer training in many forms of Assistive Technology to support you at home, work school or while you’re travelling in the community.
As with any technology, it’s all about finding the right device to ensure you’re comfortable and supporting your goals to make things easier. Together, we can help you find technology that fits into your lifestyle.
How can technology assist me?
Tools and technology for you to access.
There are many different tools and technologies you can access to support your different goals.
Finding the right ones for you could not only assist you with getting around your community safely, they can also help to open up new opportunities for social interactions, education and employment.
What kind of devices are available?
There are many different tools and technologies you can access and learn to use. Some of the most common ones include:
Long canesYou can use these to detect obstacles, changes in the path ahead and environmental features that can help you identify your surroundings.
Identification canesYou can use these to let other people in the community know that you have low vision or blindness. This is particularly useful in big crowds, on public transport, or in a busy city setting.
Support canesYou can use these for extra balance while you’re walking, and to make sure other people can see you in the dark or during low light.
MiniguidesThis hand-held device will detect objects in your path, like poles, trees, or benches. Miniguides are best used together with a long cane or a Guide Dog.
iPhone GPS and smartphone appsIf you have a smartphone, there are many useful features and applications you can access on your phone. We can help you select one that supports you best and provide training to ensure you get the most out of it.
Guide DogsGuide Dogs are the optimal aid for fast and fluid movement. They can help you travel through complex environments with confidence. Plus, they’re a dedicated companion with a unique personality matched to you and your lifestyle!
How can the team at Guide Dogs help?
We are here to help.
We offer assessments and training in various forms of Assistive Technology all designed to help you achieve your goals and live an independent life.
After getting to know a bit about you and what you hope to achieve, our specialist instructors can recommend what aid will be best suited to your needs and lifestyle. Your instructor will then provide the training you need to be able to use the device effectively and start doing the things you’ve been looking forward to.
Training in different forms of Assistive Technology is typically provided in conjunction with another program, like Orientation and Mobility or Occupational Therapy.
Depending on the level of assistance you require, you might:
- Receive support within your home
- Be part of lessons in your local community
- Undertake training with your family or co-workers
- Or take part in a group program held onsite at our Training Centre in Brisbane.
Simply get in touch with our friendly Client Services team to chat further about how we can help you.
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