February is recognized as low vision awareness month. One of the comments that I routinely hear from individuals with low vision is that they want to be able to read.

In the process of determining assistive technology for the purpose of reading we start with low tech items (magnifiers of various sizes and shapes), and move to high tech devices (video magnifiers). After exploring some devices we usually end with talking about the iPad. Many individuals have heard about it but haven’t really experienced what an amazing device it can be for someone with vision loss.

For an introduction to some of the possibilities, take a look at the short videos below. Let us know how you are using the iPad for reading, others will benefit from your knowledge.


Changing font size with the Kindle app:


Using the Zoom accessibility feature in iBooks:


Camera app to magnify print text:


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