Hello, my name is Sinead and I’m an Assistive Technology Specialist and Occupational Therapist here at VisAbility. It’s my role to assist you in achieving your goals for independence. I specialise in understanding how assistive technology can help you meet these goals.
When you come to an assistive technology appointment at VisAbility, one of the first questions we ask is, “Are there any things that you are having difficulty with in your life?” Often clients will express difficulty reading print, identifying products, managing appointments, handwriting, using a computer, a mobile phone or tablet. We will work with you to overcome these, and empower you to make the steps to live independently.
Here are some helpful tips to think about before you attend your assistive technology appointment:
- Bring any items you would like to be able to read better. For example, bring your mail or a newsletter, a birthday card, novel, your diary or a medicine bottle. If you wear reading glasses, bring these along too.
- Bring any devices you are currently having difficulty using. For example, your mobile, laptop, tablet, iPad or magnifier. (And don’t forget their relevant chargers just in case!)
- Know your passwords. Make sure you remember the usernames and passwords for any of your email addresses or smart devices, like your Apple ID for your iPhone or your Google account details for your tablet.
- Take note of your operating systems. Letting us know what operating system your device is can save time and be handy information. For example: Windows 7, Windows 10, MAC OS, and so on.
- Keep us up-to-date! If you haven’t already, provide VisAbility with your latest up-to-date eye information. A copy of this can also be helpful so that the therapist can obtain a clear overview of your vision impairment.
- Want to take notes? Our therapists will always provide you with an accessible overview of what was covered during the appointment, but please feel free to bring along your own form of note taking materials if you’d like.
- You’re welcome to invite a friend or family member. Another ear, or sounding board in the room like a supportive friend or family member, may be helpful in remembering the information covered or assist you in choosing the right options for you.
These are my top tips for preparing for your assistive technology assessment. They are only helpful reminders and suggestions, so it’s not essential you prepare all of these points. However, if they are relevant to the difficulties you are having, I hope a little background information can ensure your appointment is as beneficial as possible! I look forward to meeting you soon.
Assistive Technology Specialist & Occupational Therapist
Therapy and Support Services