Use of tablet computers and e-readers by people with visual impairment
2014 (English)In: Clinical and experimental optometry, ISSN 0816-4622, E-ISSN 1444-0938, Vol. 97, e19-e19 p., 53Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Background: We have observed many people with visual impairment using tablet computers and electronic books and have previously shown that these devices can be used by people with relatively low visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.
Method: An online survey was advertised to people with visual impairment using personal contacts, social media and online discussion groups. Participants were asked to specify whether they used tablet computers and/or electronic books and if so, which device they used, what they used the device for and which accessibility functions they used.
Results: Forty-four of 75 (59 per cent) respondents used a tablet computer. Of these, 30 (65 per cent) used an Apple iPad. All tablet users accessed the internet on their device and more than half read electronic books, took photographs and used apps. The ability to enlarge print was seen as the most useful accessibility option, cited by 76 per cent. Forty-nine per cent used contrast adjustment and 58 per cent used speech. Only 16 of the 75 respondents (22 per cent) used an electronic reader. Enlarged print was the most popular accessibility option on ereaders.
Conclusions: Tablet computers are widely used by people with visual impairment. Large print is the most commonly used accessibility option, although speech and contrast reversal are also frequently used.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 97, e19-e19 p., 53
Research subject Natural Science, Optometry; Natural Science, Optometry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-62154DOI: 10.1111/cxo.12167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-62154DiVA: diva2:1087663
International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation's 11th International Conference on Low Vision, Melbourne 31st March to 3rd April, 2014