Hardware

Computer screen magnifiers

Computer screen magnifiers are the most common way of physically magnifying your computer screen. They are widely available from specialist and other websites. They fit over the monitor screen as a physical magnification aid.

image of a screen magnifier

Computer monitor magnifier

image of a laptop screen magnifier

Laptop screen magnifier

Keyboards

Using keyboards with large keys or different contrast keys may help some people see them more easily.

Large keyboard labels can be purchased as a cheaper solution to a defined large print keyboard. Some organisations that help people with poor vision or no sight may provide these for free, otherwise they are commonly available to buy online.

Keyboard stickers for sale from the RNIB (external website)

A high contrast keyboard

A high contrast keyboard

A keyboard with large keys

A keyboard with large keys

Braille keyboards and displays

Braille devices range from braille keyboards for use with a computer, braille embossers, note takers and refreshable displays.

Many Braille devices will easily link to your computer using Bluetooth.

Living Made Easy has a selection of  braille computing equipment for sale.

Mac OS X is compatible with more than 40 different braille displays, most of which do not need any additional software for set up. They connect to the computer by bluetooth.

Visit Apple.com to find out how to set up a braille display with a Mac.

Specific Braille note taker computers are available, such as the BrailleNote. These are expensive options, but include synthesised speech, Braille keyboard and a refreshable Braille display. They can be used with a computer, keyboard and screen reader.

braille keyboard

Braille device used with a Mac