Visually Impaired? How You Can Benefit From The Constantly Evolving (AI) Artificial Intelligence Technology That Is Helping the Visually Impaired

How Long Before You Call Yourself Visually Impaired?

Barb Ann Johnson


Color photo of an older woman reading a book with a magnifying tool.
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Although often taken for granted, we rely on our vision to do almost everything. It’s important that our vision works well for us to be able to do the things we need to do in life. But what if you couldn’t see at all? How would your life be different?

Many people with visual disabilities have experienced changes in their quality of life because of their limited sight. But there are new Artificial intelligence (AI)technological innovations being created every day to help them interact with their surroundings more effectively.

What Is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the branch of computer science that aims to create intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs,” according to Merriam-Webster.

The most common and popular application of AI technology is seen in virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Bixby. These interactions are designed to be as easy as possible for people with visual disabilities.

One touch of a button can connect them via voice with an operator who will read their text messages aloud or provide other support services. Voice recognition software can be used for people who are just beginning to learn braille. It reads what’s on the screen aloud so they can use their voice to navigate it by saying “next.” Other types of speech recognition software allows you to speak your thoughts out loud so the software will transcribe what you say into words on the screen for you to communicate your thoughts and ideas to a family member, friend or physician.

How AI Is Helping The Visually Impaired

There are many tools out there to help the visually impaired. One of them is artificial intelligence technology. AI can be used in many ways to help visually impaired people navigate their surroundings more effectively.



Barb Ann Johnson

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