Technology Helps Consumer Read Again

Posted April 1, 2021 by Beth in

A consumer’s daughter called Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, wanting to get her mother a device that would help her read.  The family had tried to work with another organization but kept hitting a brick wall due to COVID.  The consumer who is 102 years old and has vision loss is “as sharp as a tack” her daughter explained.  She needed a device to be able to read and continue being as independent as possible.  Mandy helped the consumer apply for funding through iKan-RCIL, which is RCIL’s older blind program.  Once it was approved, Mandy ordered her a Topaz desktop video magnifier, and had it delivered to the consumer’s home.  The daughter and son-in-law were able to set up the Topaz and help the consumer learn how to use it.  The consumer was so happy to receive it, she immediately looked at a clothing catalog, a magazine, and cards she had been saving to read!


Beth has been with RCIL since 2007 and is the Information and Outreach Coordinator in our Osage City office. She takes information and referral calls and represents RCIL through community outreach.

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