Advances in Mobile Technology Provide the Blind With New Tools

Brian Charlson demonstrated adaptive cellphone technology at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.

The 14-year-old can also search the Web, read textbooks, and translate Spanish assignments. For that, she uses the BrailleNote Apex, a wireless device about the size of a netbook computer that she carries over her shoulder.

“The advancements are incredible for kids,’’ said Janet Ulwick-Sacca, who teaches children with visual impairments at Georgetown High School.