Technology is a great asset to those who are blind or visually impaired, helping to give back independence where it may have seemed that there was no hope. The down side to this is that technology costs, and is unfortunately not covered by services such as Medicare and Medicaid.
To help with this The Chicago Lighthouse offers used or ex-demo equipment at highly discounted prices. All the equipment is tested by our Assistive Technology team to ensure it is working correctly, and is available to be tried out at our downtown (1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL) and Glenview (222 Waukegan Road, Glenview IL) locations.
We in particular often have a good selection of used or ex-demo desktop electronic magnification devices (CCTVs), which are great tools to help you read. These machines are known for lasting for a very long time (we have units at the Lighthouse that are over 25 years old and still in perfect working order!), and so you can buy a used unit in the knowledge that it is likely to last you a very long time.
Our used and ex-demo equipment can be found here, and of course if you have questions about anything, technology related or otherwise, then please call me at 312-997-3649, or our store at 1-800-919-3375. Also feel free to email email@example.com.