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Devices, Programs May Benefit People With Low Vision.

The New York Times (12/28, D2, Brody) reports in “Personal Health” that many devices and programs can now help people with low vision “live more fulfilling, independent, and productive lives,” such as specially modified computer screens and keyboards, specialized eyeglasses, talking watches, and audio book players. The National Federal of the Blind offers a newsline accessible by telephone touch pad to provide daily access to US newspaper articles. Meanwhile, the VA offers “rehabilitation programs…meant to help blind and low-vision veterans and active service members regain their independence and quality of life and to function as full members of their communities and families.”
The New York Times (12/27, Bilanow) “Well” blog highlighted the experiences of Jim Vlock, an 84-year-old veteran with macular degeneration, who uses a variety of programs and devices to maintain his independence.