Despite having the technology to help them be fully functional in the workplace, there are many people who are visually impaired who don’t have jobs. There are currently around 20,000 people who are blind or partially sighted in Saskatchewan. One of them, Chris Parchman, says the common technologies are for computers, that either make the text and screen zoom bigger or read out whatever is on the screen to the user.
There are also other technologies being developed that aren’t computer based that will help the visually impaired read letters or paper documents. Parchman says those may come in the form of hand video magnifiers, stand alone scanners, or e-sight glasses. Only one third of visually impaired Canadians are employed.