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#a11yTO: Accessibility Toronto Message Board › Usability study - Nov 27: People with Low Vision wanted for a digital magnif

Usability study - Nov 27: People with Low Vision wanted for a digital magnifier testing session

George Z.
Mississauga, ON
Post #: 1
Do you experience Low Vision?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 85?
Do you use a magnifying device? (Handheld or otherwise)

A study headed by fellow member George Batalinski and his research team at Raising Accessibility - they're focusing on research on visual impairment aids for mobile devices.

We are conducting a usability study where we ask users to use our digital magnifier app, and provide us with feedback. We are looking for individuals to help us design the best digital app for people with low vision. "Life Magnifier" is an iPhone magnifier application that helps with daily reading and grooming tasks.

To make a set of tools available to users with low vision while reducing cost of purchasing assistive technology from $2,000+ to only $0.99 for access to each tool within a whole suite of useful apps.

Looking for candidates with the following conditions:

  • Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Cataracts

Observation study details:
Date: Tuesday November 27th
Time: 6-9pm
Group Size: 6 individuals

To bring (if available):
Own handheld magnifier

Devlin Digital
185 Frederick Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5A 4L4
*Wheelchair accessible

How to RSVP:

6 - 6:10pm - Pairing with research staff member

6:05 - 6:20pm - Quick observation session, while you silently read two paragraphs from: (using your/or provided handheld magnifier)

  • Page from a book
  • Newspaper article
  • Webpage on a mobile device

6:20 - 6:50pm - Testing the "Life Magnifier" (using our test iPhone/iPod devices)

  • Page from a book
  • Newspaper article
  • Webpage on a mobile device

7:30 - 8:30pm - Mixer
Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I RSVP for the event?
Please email the following to
1) First and Last Name
2) Phone Number

Can I contact someone at your organization?
Yes, feel free to email us at

Will there be others like me?
The study focuses on people with the conditions listed above. You may bring a friend or caretaker if needed.

Can I join the study over Skype?
Unfortunately the app is not available for download yet and is only on our test devices. Therefore, there is no way to provide access to app over Skype.

How will you be able to test six people at the same time?
Our staff will be here to conduct individual tests simultaneously with all six individuals

Why are you doing this?
We are appalled at the insane amounts being charged for assistive technology and are looking to change the industry on a massive scale. We will be releasing a set of applications meetupdisposable income on assistive technology.

George's edit #1: please excuse the lack of semantic markup (headings, etc.); the text editor doesn't have any support for it.
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