DIAL-IN NEWS SERVICE
We offer a dial-in news service for the blind and print-disabled, in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind and Roanoke Times. This service, which was recently upgraded, is available twenty-four/seven, and provides local, national and world news from a variety of sources.
Assistive Technology for the Elderly Program
New Vision is proud to be the recipient of a grant from the Mary Louise Home Fund of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley. “New Vision was awarded $21,000 to provide equipment and training in the use of voice-activated virtual assistants. This equipment, used by its elderly clients, can report weather, read audiobooks, play music, communicate with caregivers, and more.” states the foundation in their press release. The focus of the ATE Program is on the use of virtual assistants, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. To learn more see a link to our brochure below or contact us by phone about upcoming workshops.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER
New Vision is proud to have a certified instructor with over nineteen years experience in Assistive Technology, IT Security and Network Administration. Our Tech Center provides individualized instruction in the use of personal electronic devices, which increase functional capability of people with impaired vision. Students attain new levels of comfort and competence in the use of tablets, computers, smart phones and voice-activated virtual assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
RADIO READING SERVICES
In partnership with WVTF Public Radio, New Vision provides special radios tuned to WVTF’s Radio Reading sub-frequency. Broadcasting on a set schedule, this service provides listeners with a program mix of readings from local and national newspapers and magazines
New Vision provides large print calendars to residents of Virginia who are blind or vision impaired. These calendars measure 22 inches by 17 inches, and are printed in a large font, with numbers 3/4 inch high, in blocks that are 1.25 x 3 inches.