Thermostat for People with Low Vision

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Sometimes standard products can be used by people with disabilities as pieces of assistive technology (AT). AT includes equipment that is adaptive, accessible or helpful for people with disabilities. These can be high tech products like smartphone apps or eye tracking devices. Or, they can be lower tech devices that let people live more independent lives.

The Honeywell Easy-to-See Thermostat is a prime example of a low tech device that’s helpful for people with disabilities. It’s a large-number and tactile thermostat designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This mercury-free thermostat controls both heating and air-conditioning in an apartment or house. Its large, easy-to-see numbers are tactually raised, and the thermostat clicks at every 2-degree setting change from 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With these adjustments to a standard thermostat, it makes this devices more friendly to people with low vision. It is 4 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches deep.

A braille homeowners guide is available from Honeywell at 1-800-468-1502. You can learn more about this product at

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