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The Assistive Technology Program enables visually impaired individuals of all ages to use adaptive software and hardware technology.
CDCVI completes a Comprehensive Functional Assessment for each participant that evaluates skill level and current and future need in the use of appropriate assistive device(s) and/or software.
The Assistive Technology Program offers courses year-round. Training is provided on an individual basis but may include group instruction. At home training is offered as needed throughout the service area.
Assistive Technology Training is geared towards multiple needs. Students planning on attending college are taught college technology entrance requirements. Students planning on entering the workforce are taught technology for employment purposes. Training is also provided for individual use such as personal finance, communication, and leisure activities.
The Assistive Technology Program provides training on the following:
BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS
Includes keyboarding, touch typing, internet navigation and email.
Used to enlarge information on a computer, mobile or tablet screen.
Reads aloud everything on a computer screen, mobile and tablet screen, including text, pull-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and web pages.
SCAN / READ SYSTEMS
Combines software and a flatbed scanner to read aloud printed text. Textbook pages, class handouts, and tests can be scanned then read aloud by computer.
Lightweight notetakers provide speech output and can be connected to printers and computers for printing and uploading text.
Utilizes closed circuit television technology to enlarge written materials and small objects. Printed material can be magnified onto the CCTV for easier viewing.
DIGITAL BOOK READERS
Full-featured software packages designed to play RFB&D's AudioPlus CD books on desktops or laptops
Blind individuals frequently use iPhones, iPads and learn to use the voice over options for these devices in training. Browsing is easy using voice over and our students become adept at it after training
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