OrCam for reading in the classroom According to statistics done by the American Community Survey in 2014, the numbers of non-institutionalized, male or females, ages 21-64, all races, regardless of ethnicity in the United States who reported they have a visual disability in 2014 and who have received some level of education are as follows:
  • 23.7% – Less than a high school degree
  • 31.5 % – High school degree or a GED
  • 30.4% – Some college education.
  • 14.4% – Bachelor’s degree or higher
* These numbers refer to the highest level of education attained by a given individual Students with visual impairments can have a hard time obtaining the accessible books they need for their classes. Sometimes, these books are not even available. There are students with visual impairments that use reading and recognition devices such as video magnifiers and screen readers. These devices can be heavy and inconvenient unlike the OrCam MyEye which is compact and portable. As a psychology major at the University of Regina, Douglas Rudolph uses his OrCam MyEye to help him read text books for assigned readings for his classes. No longer does Doug have to wait for the accessibility department to order electronic books, potentially getting months behind in readings. Now, he walks into the book store, finds the required books, and begins his readings right away. “The renewed feeling of freedom the relief of stress is amazing, something that I personally haven felt since starting University.” Doug is thankful that the OrCam MyEye assisted in creating a feeling of freedom, equal opportunity, and a much better level of access to a print and textual dominated world. “As this technology expands, it is clear it can only get better from here, but when living in the here and now this is purely amazing.” Some Vocational Rehabilitation agencies have realized the advantages the OrCam MyEye can have for students with visual impairments and have funded the device for several students already allowing them to have an easier time in college. One such student said ‘I just can’t wrap my head around what the OrCam can do for me: it just speeds up everything I do- it’s like I can see again.”