There are approximately 400 million people in the world suffering from the challenges of visual impairment. There are 5 billion mobile phones in use in the world. The power and flexibility of mobile phones provide a unique opportunity: when seeking a computing assistance to visual impairment, we have a computing platform already accessible by many: the mobile phone. Unfortunately, assistance of this type is currently quite limited and very expensive. This document proposes a project to extend the technology of mobile phones to assist those with visual impairment in an inexpensive and very functional way. We propose to develop optical algorithms and to develop software that uses existing mobile phone technology to provide reading assistance to people with low vision when reading text in everyday life. By making this technology work on phones already in use, we seek to provide this type of the assistance as open-source software, free-of-charge. This research offers promise for strong positive effect for those with low vision and represents a new direction for both Dr. Jipping and Dr. McFall. This project will require expansion of existing work done in character recognition to adapt them to real world situations and extensive retooling and adapting of these algorithms to the tight confines of existing mobile phones. Dr. Jipping's mobile phone expertise combined with Dr. McFall's software expertise will help both of them as they explore this new direction for their research.