Visually impaired group meets May 15

Visually impaired group meets May 15
The Visually Impaired Support Group met on Monday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center in Vermillion. Lil Stauffacher, Terry Miller, and James Honomichl presented the program.

Stauffacher is a rehabilitation teacher with the Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired and serves the Vermillion area. She will come into individual homes and evaluate what can be done to make life simpler for the client.

For example, she might help mark the thermostat or oven controls so that the individual can use them. She will help individuals learn to use services such as the telephone newspaper, in which the person uses the telephone to call a toll free number and have the news read to them on the telephone. Newspapers included in this service are the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the Rapid City Journal, USA Today and a couple of others.

Terry Miller (Sioux Falls office) and James Honomichl (Brookings office) represented Dakota Link, which has technology solutions. They are specialists in assistive technology and can lease or sell various programs or hardware that will work for you. They will come into your home and train you, set up the product and let you try it for 30 days in some cases.

They brought several closed circuit televisions, one reading machine, hand-held CCTVs and some programs to use with a computer. Some magnified and some read and magnified.

It is important to understand that you cannot buy these programs in computer departments in stores and the salespeople will not be aware of their existence. Programs such as Zoom Text will magnify the screen and with the use of some computer keys, will also read the text to you.

Members enjoyed the program and appreciated the awareness that such meetings bring to them.

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