Sensory substitution devices
Some people who have lost vision find it useful to use their other senses, such as hearing or touch, to give them cues about their surroundings when walking around. A group of devices called sensory substitution devices, or SSDs, are designed to do this. Examples include the vOICe software, which uses sounds to “map” the visual environment, and the BrainPort, which uses tactile stimulation on the back.
Retina Australia has recently funded research into the development and assessment of these new SSD technologies – see a report here.
Job training and vocational rehabilitation services
To help you to gain and retain employment, organisations such as Vision Australia can help with job training and vocational rehabilitation services, placement, workplace adaptations, and workplace technology.
Vision Australia can be contacted on 1800 220 679