Dr. Denise M Robinson, TechVision

TechVision is a company in business since 2007 educating blind students around the world. Among the many technologies we utilize, the ViewPlus Tiger software, along with our preferred hardware, the Columbia embosser, has had a profound impact for all our students.

The ViewPlus Tiger software, also known as PixBlaster by APH, has proven to be a life-changing tool for blind individuals. It offers full accessibility and enables blind students to emboss braille, math, images, and graphics with exceptional precision. This powerful combination of hardware and software has made it seamless for blind individuals to use Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel, fostering full inclusion in both educational and professional environments independently.

One of the most gratifying experiences for educators at TechVision is witnessing the transformative effect of the total independence of embossing process on students. After learning how to emboss graphics, students immerse themselves in the experience, spending the following days embossing various images they’ve come across in real life, in school, in books, or on the internet. This hands-on approach enables them to feel and understand the visual world they were previously unable to access fully. From iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty to natural wonders like the Himalayan mountains, students gain a tangible sense of the pictures they’ve encountered elsewhere. This process sparks a sense of wonder and curiosity, and their intelligence grows as they eagerly consume new information.

While teaching and leveraging technology to benefit blind students, along with the transformative capabilities of the ViewPlus Tiger software and Columbia embosser, these powerful tools change lives for blind individuals. It opens up a world of possibilities, fostering inclusivity, expanding knowledge, and empowering individuals to actively participate in education and the workforce, breaking barriers and enabling them to explore the world with a newfound sense of wonder and understanding.