Keeping abreast of new technologies is important for us in order to provide the best services and opportunities for those we serve. In this context we are honored to become one of the few direct distributors in the country of the OrCam, an eyeglass mounted optical character recognition (OCR) that reads print and converts it into speech, allowing a person with limited, or no, vision to read printed material and gain other information. The newest Orcam also allows for facial recognition (so one may know who is in the room), object identification, currency reading, color description and bar code reader.
The only option for local residents who might want the device was to travel to Chicago for training, which can now be done here in St. Louis, through the Society. The story of two individuals, one totally blind and one with low vision, who went to Chicago to get the device and training says it all. As Mark said ““I am thrilled to be able to go to the mailbox, retrieve our mail and then be able to sort and read it independently. It is something I have truly missed”. Or as Robyn said “One truly defining moment for me that changed my life forever was just being able to walk into a bookstore, pull a book off a shelf and sit down and start reading. It is something I had not done since I was a teenager”.
If you would like more information on the OrCam, please give us a call and speak with one of our Social Workers.