woman with visual impairment using 3d printed iPad stand for scanning documentsDenise lost her full vision following an optic-nerve injury in 2012. She reached out to IATP this past winter to be matched with an assistive technology specialist who could assist her with computer access options including screen reader technology. After receiving services and a new iPad, Denise was then introduced to other IATP services including Smart Home, Tech Kitchen, and Makers. Makers received a request to design a 3D-printed stand that would hold Denise’s new iPad and assist her in accurately positioning items to be scanned.

Makers, Smart Home, and the assistive technology specialist working with Denise all traveled to Denise’s home to provide further services and teach Denise how to properly use the iPad stand. Denise is now using Seeing AI, a free IOS app that offers text-to-speech access. During IATP’s visit, Denise learned how to position her iPad and documents when using Seeing AI.

The stand contains all 3D-printed parts and has both top and bottom borders to position the iPad and documents. The stand is lightweight, and the legs are attached to a portable tray using Micro Suction tape that Denise can move as needed to read documents from anywhere in her house. Denise can now position and scan any text-document, scan barcodes, and scan money for the Seeing AI app to read back to her.