Envision has launched a first-of-its-kind Accessible Products Hotline that aims to help consumers with vision loss find products that fit their unique accessibility needs. Funded by a grant from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, the hotline will be operated by the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center, connecting callers with professional advice about purchasing and operating home, office, and personal use products. The BVI Workforce Innovation Center is part of Envision Inc. with the objective to train and employ individuals with visual impairments, place them into skilled positions, and provide accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses around the United States.
The new hotline, (316) 252-2500, is staffed by trained customer service representatives who are blind or visually impaired.
“The Accessible Products Hotline is the latest example of how Envision continues to take the lead in creating professional employment opportunities and innovative resources for people who are blind or low vision,” Heather Hogan, senior vice president of Foundation and Mission Services at Envision, said in an Envision news release. “The Accessible Products Hotline provides a new avenue for people with visual impairments to interact with the community and increase independence through assistive technology that is more prevalent than ever in consumer products. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the CTA Foundation for making this initiative possible.”
Products supported by the hotline were selected for their strong accessibility features and recommended by previous users who are blind or low vision. Currently featured products in the memo recorders, microwave ovens and headsets categories include:
- Milestone 112 Ace Basic memo recorder
- Micro-Speak Plus 8GB talking digital voice recorder
- AmazonBasics microwave with Alexa (0.7 Cu. Ft, 700W)
- Magic Chef TMO-2 1010 talking microwave
- Aftershokz Trekz Air & Aftershokz Sportz Titanium Wired Bone Conduction Headset with Microphone
- Bose Frames (Rondo and Alto frame styles)
New items will continue to be added. Consumers can recommend a product by completing an online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APHProduct.
Further information on the BVI Workforce Innovation Center and the Accessible Products Hotline can be found at https://www.workforceforall.com.