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Seeing AI

The fourth in a five-part series: Accessing Visual Information Series.

We are surrounded by visual information, but it’s not always accessible. This month, the Bridges Helpdesk explores tools that put access to that visual information at your fingertips.

In this fourth installment of the series, we find out about Seeing AI, a free tool to access visual information that is available only on iOS devices.

What is Seeing AI?

Seeing AI is an artificial intelligence application which can identify text, objects, and colors for people who are blind or low vision. This app is available in 16 languages.

Seeing AI is available for free from the Apple App Store. However, at this time, Seeing AI is not available for use on Android devices.

Short Text Mode

This mode is extremely useful because it recognizes text without requiring the user to take a photograph. Simply open the app, make sure the “short text” mode is selected at the bottom of the screen, and point the camera where you think the text appears. As soon as the application detects text, it will begin reading. Are you too far down the page? No problem. You can move the camera to a different orientation until you get the information from the document that you need. This mode is great for reading mail, school assignments, notes, menus, and receipts.

Other Modes of Seeing AI

Seeing AI has many other modes, including:

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

June: Accessing Visual Information Series

Part 1: About Aira

Part 2: Accessing Aira

Part 3: Aira in Action

Part 4: Seeing AI

Part 5: KNFB Reader

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Teen Blog

June 2021 Monthly Newsletter

Teen and Young Adult Programs June 2021 Monthly Newsletter See what’s new at IMAGE this summer, including an exciting return to in person program options! Click the link below.

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Student Patrick Hagan stands in front of the baseball field at Ripken Stadium while attending a Connect program session.
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COVID-19 Coronavirus Reopening Plan Teen and Young Adult Service Programs

The IMAGE Center is acting to keep staff and consumers safe to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how we’re doing our part: ● Follow our Leaders. We follow all State guidance related to education-based activities, including reopening actions and face covering requirements on the State of Maryland for reopening advisements and Governor’s orders. ● Flexible scheduling. All activities will operate on a hybrid schedule, offering both virtual and in-person learning opportunities. ● Reduce contamination risk. Food and water will NOT be provided during programming at this time. Before you join us in person, please: 1. Monitor your health and interactions. Join us online instead if you have: a. Cough, shortness of breath, fever, or any other symptoms of COVID-19. b. Recent exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 2. Prepare and pack. Bring a backpack with items you will need for the duration of the program including: water, a snack, beach towel, sunscreen and writing or communication device. FOOD AND WATER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. 3. Mask up. All non-vaccinated participants and family members, please wear a mask during check-in, program transitions, and checkout. IMAGE Center staff will advise when there is an option to remove masks for outdoor programs. 4. Take precaution. Hand sanitation will be provided for check-in, transitions and check-out. 5. Respect personal space. Activities will be designed with respect for social distancing and mindful spacing. 6. Talk about it. Please contact us at youthservices@imagemd.org if you have any questions or concerns.
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Accessing Visual Information Series Bridges Blog

Aira in Action

We are surrounded by visual information, but it’s not always accessible. This month, the Bridges Helpdesk explores tools that put access to that visual information at your fingertips.

In this third installment of the series, we join Bridges Helpdesk Program Coordinator Hindley Williams as she takes us through the Aira experience on our YouTube channel.

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

June: Accessing Visual Information Series

Part 1: About Aira

Part 2: Accessing Aira

Part 3: Aira in Action

Part 4: Seeing AI

Part 5: KNFB Reader

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Accessing Visual Information Series Bridges Blog

Accessing Aira

The second in a five-part series: Accessing Visual Information Series.

We are surrounded by visual information, but it’s not always accessible. This month, the Bridges Helpdesk explores tools that put access to that visual information at your fingertips.

In this second installment of the series, we find out about how to get Aira, where it is free, and how to subscribe to the service.

Getting started with Aira

All you need to get started with Aira is a smartphone or tablet with a camera. You can download the Aira app for free in the App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). You’ll also need either a mobile phone number or an email to set up a free account. If you need help, call 1-800-835-1934 or go to AIRA’s website to get a link to download the app. Using this method, you will open a Guest account (they are free).

Aira Has Free Options!

Aira is free to all users for one call for up to five minutes every 24 hours. Paid subscribers get five minutes free every four hours. In addition, there are a variety of free promotions that users can enjoy:

Aira Plans

If you do decide that you need more time using Aira, you can elect to purchase one of the following monthly plans. Note that since Aira can help with reading print and other visual tasks, many employers or colleges will pay for Aira for blind and low vision individuals as a reasonable accommodation:

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

June: Accessing Visual Information Series

Part 1: About Aira

Part 2: Accessing Aira

Part 3: Aira in Action

Part 4: Seeing AI

Part 5: KNFB Reader

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