The Portable Communicator for the Visually Impaired is a direct selection or scanning communicator designed for use by individuals with communication and visual disabilities. This device offers 12 levels with a total of 600 seconds of recording time and can be accessed using two to eight large selection fields (the number of fields is adjustable as user needs change). Messages can be selected using direct selection or four scanning modes (inverse, automatic, two-switch, and step). This communicator provides intense background illumination of transparent icons for greater visibility. Other features include recordable level announcer, two jacks for one- or two- switch scanning, two built-in scan switches, on/Off auditory cueing, volume control, adjustable scanning speed (1 to 25 seconds), light-touch membrane, easy access to place icon sheets, and a removable adjustable carrying strap. POWER: Uses 4 double-A and 2 D batteries. DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 15 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches.