New York, March 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Lighthouse Guild Technology Center, which provides people who are blind or partially sighted with access to the latest assistive devices and cutting-edge technology, celebrated its grand opening today. The Center occupies 11,000 square feet at the Lighthouse Guild headquarters in New York and is one of the most comprehensive assistive technology centers in the United States. It is a one-stop resource for vision care, rehabilitation, and technology training, as well as a facility where developers can test future innovations.
“Revolutionary advances such as artificial intelligence, program learning, virtual reality, facial recognition and 5G are becoming available to benefit people who are blind and visually impaired,” said Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, President and CEO of the management of Lighthouse Guild. “Our Technology Center is a hub connecting innovators and users to advance technological developments for our community and beyond. We’re proud to help New Yorkers and others living with sight loss access the technology they need to live the life they want.
Among those who joined Lighthouse Guild staff and customers at the grand opening were Gail Brewer, Member of the New York City Council, District 6 Manhattan; Martha Jackson, Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for Persons with Disabilities (MOPD); Julie Hovey, Associate Commissioner of the New York State Bureau of Child and Family Services (NYSCB), and Roberta Seemer, Senior Task Force Chair for Community Board 7.
Participants toured a high-tech smart home, including a kitchen, office and living room, where people with vision loss can try out the latest technology to help them control their home environment, including voice-activated devices such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and appliances. who can read tags, answer the phone, adjust thermostats, lock doors, etc. Additionally, Lighthouse Guild experts and customers showcased some of the latest assisted devices available at the Center, including: OrCam MyEye, who reads the text aloud; IrisVision, designed to simulate a full visual view by filling in missing view areas; Ophthalmic Glasses, created to compensate for loss of central vision, and Freedom Scientific Onyx HD Desk Seta portable video magnifier that adapts to multiple environments and tasks for productivity at school, work and home.
Vision assessments, devices, training
The Technology Center offers personalized assessments by Lighthouse Guild experts to determine visual ability, lifestyle, personal goals and comfort with technology. The Lighthouse Guild Tech Center staff then work with each person to find the best devices or appliances to meet their needs. Training to ensure optimal use and safety is provided. There are opportunities to try and learn to use technology solutions, such as wearable devices that convert text to speech, recognize faces and identify currency, as well as devices that use virtual reality technology to maximize useful vision, magnifying glasses, CCTVs, computers, and glasses. Some devices are also available for purchase.
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About the Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild provides exceptional services that inspire people with visual impairments to achieve their goals. Our podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts” offers information and insights on technological innovations that are breaking down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.
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