Technology Helps Consumer Read Again
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!