Support is available to get you the equipment and advice you need in your workplace.
Job Access Workplace Modifications
The Workplace Modifications Scheme pays for the costs involved in modifying the workplace or purchasing special equipment for new employees with disability. It is also available to existing employees if they have a change in duties, career progression, and change in disability, or a new modification becomes available that would increase their productivity.
Access to this funding requires applicants to undergo a formal assessment process. For further information visit the job access website.
Visit our employer support and recruitment services if you are looking for work, interested in providing an opportunity to a Vision Australia jobseeker or have a current staff member who would benefit from our services.
If your organisation is looking for ad hoc or ongoing expert accessibility advice then contact our Digital Access consulting team.
At school or university
Please also refer to the everyday technology page for more information about other technologies.
Having trouble viewing the whiteboard and smartboards?
There are several options available including:
- Using a desktop video magnifier that has a distance camera. Options include standalone units such as the SmartView 360, Onyx Desktop, Acrobat and Mutiview. There are also portable options that use a camera connected to a laptop and use the laptop screen as a display, examples include the Transformer and the MagniLink Student.
- Using a camera connected via WiFi to a tablet. The Sony WX500 camera can be connected to a tablet, and the tablet used to zoom in and view the whiteboard. This option also allows the user to easily take a photo of the whiteboard to refer to later on.
- Software such as TeamViewer can be used to view the information displayed on a smartboard on a tablet.
Want to record part or all of the lesson/lecture?
Whether you want to voice or video record a lesson (providing you have permission of course) there are options available. Voice recording can be completed on Smartphones, using dictaphones and using devices such as the Victor Reader Stream or Blaze.
Video recording is possible using the Sony WX500 camera, with the camera connected to a tablet or smart phone the tablet or Smartphone can control the recording and also the level of zoom.
Each year, Vision Australia awards further education bursaries to a select number of students who are blind or have low vision. If you this this could be you, find out more on the bursary page here.
Are you a recent graduate who is passionate about supporting people who are blind or have low vision? Visit our Career Start Graduate program page to find out more.
For advice or support in any of the technologies discussed below, please book some time with one of our Access Technology Team, or contact the AT Helpdesk on 1300 84 74 66.
If you are looking for easy-to-see landline phone or an accessible mobile phone with multiple functions (e.g text messaging and email and internet services) then Vision Australia can help.
Visit our online shop to view and purchase a large range of phones and remember to consider the following when selecting your device:
- Buttons that make a noise when pressed, have large icons or number dial pads, are well-spaced, raised or light up and have good contrast and clear print
- A screen that allows you to adjust the brightness and contrast
- Speed dials where commonly used telephone numbers can be programmed so that dialing takes place with one or two button presses
- Voice dialing where the phone recognises the person's name when you say it and automatically rings the contact
- A phone that speaks back to you
- Ease of answering and hanging up
- Speech technology that allows speech access to a variety of apps and settings
Getting online today to find information, online shop, chat or catch up with the latest news is easy with accessible technology. The options below describe some technology that may work for you:
- Screen magnification software (increases the size of the image displayed on the screen, e.g. Zoomtext)
- Screen enhancement using mainstream software (both Microsoft Windows (via the Ease of Access Centre) and Apple Macintosh platforms offer a range of built in screen enhancement features, e.g. preset "high contrast" colour schemes, larger standard fonts, and improvements to the visibility of the mouse pointer)
- Screen readers (read out loud the content that is on the computer screen , e.g. JAWs or Apple’s VoiceOver)
- Large computer monitor
- Large print keyboard
Electronic or video magnifiers are versatile tools to access print information for people with low vision. Electronic magnifiers are available in three general formats:
- Portable options with screen sizes ranging from 3” to 7”
- Portable desktop video magnifiers that have both document and distance functions
- Desktop video magnifiers
Optical magnifiers are also available in a range of strengths and sizes. Vision Australia has low vision services that can explore options available that will help you achieve your goals.
Visit our online shop to view and purchase a large range of magnifiers.
Technology is available to enable access to a computer via braille or to produce braille. The three main categories of braille technology described here are:
- Braille embossers (a Braille printer that uses thicker paper than a normal printer, and renders text as tactile Braille cells onto the paper)
- Braille notetakers (are to Braille readers as the pen and pad are to sighted users)
- Refreshable braille display (work in conjunction with a screen reader, to provide a Braille version of the information being read out).
Visit our online shop to view and purchase a large range of braille technology.
More and more electronic ways of reading books are available that bring the joy of reading to all of us no matter what our level of vision. DAISY is the name of an audio book format that enhances the way you can navigate within the book. For example, you can place bookmarks, go to particular pages or chapters or sections. Visit our Vision Australia Library to find out more.
Some new commercial eBook readers are also becoming more user friendly for people who are blind or have low vision, e.g. Amazon Kindle.
There is a range of equipment available that will quickly convert a printed document and read it to you. The process is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and involves taking a photo of the document and then converting the text into speech.
OCR is available either as:
- Software on computers (using a scanner to capture the image)
- Apps on Smart phones
- Dedicated portable readers
GPS stands for Global Positioning System and is a satellite-based navigation system that can be used when you are out and about. In addition to your cane or Seeing Eye dog, a talking GPS can assist you to work out where you are, where you want to go and how to get there. Contact Vision Australia to find out more.
Contact: Vision Australia
Phone: 1300 84 74 66
Note: Services can vary across states because of regional and funding differences
Contact the AT Helpdesk
Phone: 1300 84 74 66