Mobile Tools For Accessibility

Concurrent Session 4

Brief Abstract

Seeing AI is a free productivity app for the blind and visually impaired. The tool, part of a Microsoft research project that leverages the power of cloud computing and AI, essentially narrates the world! The app has several navigational "channels" that correspond with other technologies for the blind and visually impaired including: Short Text; Document; Product; Currency; Person; Handwriting, Color, Light, and Scene. Users simply choose a channel, take a picture of the desired subject matter, and listen to an audio description of it. The app also offers audio guidance on what the camera is aiming at and how to orient your device to take a picture. Come learn how this amazing app works to empower blind and lower vision individuals on the go and bring your iPhone or iPad (the device is currently only available for IOS through the App Store) to try it out on your own!


Dr. Jillian Powers is an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the College of Education in the department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Powers teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instructional technology and design for educators and business trainers. Her research focuses on teachers’ adoption and integration of technology into classroom practices and ways in which technology shapes the teaching and learning process. Dr. Powers earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology from FAU in May 2014. She has previously worked as an Instructional Designer at the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education at Palm Beach State College and as a computer teacher in various PreK-8 schools. In these roles, she has designed and facilitated numerous technology trainings for in-service educators.

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