20180618 Weekly AT – Magnifiers

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For the week of June 18 - 22



There are numerous magnification devices available, ranging from simple hand-held magnifying glasses to video magnifiers such as closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) and screen magnifiers for use with a computer. 

Many people use more than one of these optical devices, depending on the specific task.  For example, someone may choose to use a hand-held magnifier when out shopping to check prices, labels, and money.  The same person may then choose to use a CCTV to read a recipe from a cookbook or to write a check, and then a screen magnifier to read email or to look at an article online.

The selection of an optical aid will depend on various factors, such as:

  • the size of the object to be viewed
  • the viewing distance from the object
  • the length of time of the activity
  • whether or not both hands are required for a given task

Example: An assistant for a disability program had complete loss of vision in one eye and low vision in the other. The assistant was having problems reading printed paper copies. A portable magnifier and a CCTV were used to magnify materials to where she could read with no problem.

Note: Link to Vision Aware for more information about Magnifiers.


Call Oklahoma ABLE Tech (800-257-1705) for accommodation ideas or to borrow assistive technology. ABLE Tech’s AT Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program works just like a book library. Here are some devices that relate to this article:

Magnifying Glasses
MATT Connect (Smart Tablet Magnifier)
Mojo Electronic Monocular
Table Magnifying Lamp
Handheld Video Magnifier
Android Magnifying App and Apple Magnifying App
22” CCTV Lifestyle HD
EZ Magnibar
Full-Page Magnifier
Merlin Elite Pro

Search Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s resources for reused AT and durable medical equipment
including free and low cost items.

Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800-257-1705.

Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: rgcarr@okstate.edu

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Department of Wellness

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame,

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu