Phones can be donated; assist the visually impaired

By: 600011 On: Dec 24, 2023, 3:08 PM


Those seeking to purchase a new smartphone can give an old one to benefit the visually impaired. According to officials, it serves as a lifeline for around 1.5 million Canadians.According to Shane Lornitus of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind's Smart Life Technology Program, donating a smartphone will benefit the blind and partially sighted.Phone It Forward is a smartphone donation program started by CNIB four years ago. Thousands of smartphones have already been collected and delivered to the visually impaired across Canada.

It has also collaborated with partners to create apps capable of reading e-mails, texts, books, prescription labels, and street signs. The smartphone has become an indispensable tool for the visually handicapped.Many visually challenged people are out of work. Lornitus explains that they are unable to purchase a smartphone. Phone It Forward gathers unwanted phones and distributes them to the blind.