The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, and testing remains a critical necessity. As people have doffed their masks, infections have increased, and while the disease has been mild for many people, there remains a substantial risk, especially to those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.
There are several steps involved in using standard home COVID test kits that may be challenging for people with vision loss. Fortunately, the federal government has now made available new, free test kits that provide instructions and test results in audio format.
One caveat: You will need a smartphone equipped with Bluetooth, and you will need to download an app that works with the test kits.
You can order these test kits by calling 800-232-0233. More information about the accessible tests is available online.
Even after these audio-enabled test kits arrive in the mail, you may have questions about how to use them. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL), administered by the Administration for Community Living, offers toll-free telephone support, which you can access by calling 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.