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Assistive Technology Device Assists with Reading
Kiescha Gormley called the Solution Outreach Center with questions about assistive technology available to assist her with her vision loss. She lost her vision at the age of 43 as a result of choroiditis. She had a very hard time dealing with the loss of her vision and went to the School for the Blind in Topeka in 1998. Kiescha had also taken Braille which proved to be very hard for her as her fingers just would not feel Braille, so she used tape recorders and could use a typewriter but that’s all she knew about at this time.
Kiescha had tried some other devices and heard about a device called Sara CE that scans pages and reads the text aloud. With the help of Nancy Stork, an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Solution Outreach Center, Kiescha was able to try the Sara CE. With the help of two other organizations, Kiescha was able to buy one and since that time it is just been a dream! Kiecha said “I feel kind of sighted again because I can read on my own now and don’t have to depend on other people to read my mail and can keep things private”. Kiescha said “It’s just so nice to be able to have a machine that reads for me and makes me feel like I can take care of things and to a certain extent I don’t feel lost like I was since I acquired Sara CE, I feel so much more independent than I have in years, it’s really made a big difference in my life!”