Visual Aids

Overview

Illustration of some binoculars and a system cogThere is a lot of software out there to change the way your computer looks. Much of this is labelled as ‘assistive technology’ or ‘accessibility’ designed for users with particular impairments. However, the software is also extremely beneficial to any user who is finding it difficult to focus on screen for extended periods of time.

Naturally, we have learnt to ‘scan’ our computer screens for useful information. We commonly flick our eyes from one part of the screen to another, and more so when there are lots of distractions. When reading, particularly on websites, we skim read headings and the first few words of paragraphs until we find something interesting. This is a very different experience from reading from a book where we tend to focus on the words line by line.

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