The Assistive Technology program provides opportunities for consumers to learn to use the Internet, e-mail, word processing programs, spreadsheets, telecommunication systems, and note-taking devices. Through the recent expansion of this program, including the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and a wireless network for laptops and note-takers, VCB now offers a comprehensive range of training for vocational and personal use. Evaluation and training are provided on a one-to-one basis, taking into account individual communication styles, and employment and residential goals. Hardware and software adaptations provide access to the computer through the use of refreshable braille displays, screen magnification programs, and screen reading programs.

Scanners and screen readers are used to read print memos and documents. One consumer learned to use a braille translation program to scan, translate, and emboss into braille a document he needed for work. Another used a global positioning system (GPS) with braille output to get directions to and from school.

Evaluation and training may be provided on a short term basis. Professional seminars and consultation specifically geared to technology are available. The Center is actively involved in research and development with a variety of companies in order to keep up with the demand for products which meet the unique needs of users who are blind or visually impaired. Assistive technology is an integral and continually expanding area which provides resources and essential skills for blind individuals for employment and everyday living.

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