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Technology puts vision-impaired on equal playing field

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- There are new career opportunities are developing every day for the visually impaired thanks to new technology.

Employers and members of the community came together to learn more at the Siouxland Blindness Works Conference. Some of that technology was on display.

Touch-screen monitors are used to help the blind at drive up windows. There are now watches that verbally tell the time, even some you can read with braille. And, not sure which prescription is in the bottle? How about a talking pill box.

Organizers say it's important to get the word out that this disability doesn't have to limit your options.

"The last couple of years, we actually put together a computer training center in the Sioux City Public Library. We train folks on computers and on technology," says Greg Hanson.

A lot of this technology can be used in the workplace. So the message to employers here is that the visually impaired are qualified for so many more jobs than some might think.

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