Employment: Assistive technology has the potential to enhance a person’s ability to gain and/or maintain a desired career goal. Text-to-speech programs allow individuals who are blind to efficiently access a variety of computer programs. Several screen magnification programs are available to optimize the viewing size of information on the computer screen. Our professional staff can design customized programs specific to the workplace.
Technical Assistance: CABVI also provides services and information on workplace accommodations, modifications and assistive technology applications to help businesses comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in Upstate New York. University-trained technology specialists provide on-site consultations for high-tech needs.
The Technology Center: Advances in computers and technology have created exciting opportunities for blind and visually-impaired individuals. At the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) in Upstate New York, we teach computer skills with state-of-the-art equipment and handson training through our Technology Center. The professional staff at CABVI’s Technology Center remain current with the latest adaptive technologies and develop training programs for people who are blind and visually impaired. We also assist consumers with the selection, acquisition and use of the most appropriate equipment for their needs by providing: evaluation, consultation, customization, adaptation, training and technical assistance. Assistive technology is any product or equipment used to help an individual fulfill vocational, educational, or recreational goals faster, easier and more efficiently. Examples include text-to-speech software, screen enlargement software, braille output devices and portable note takers.
Education: Students who are blind or visually impaired may benefit from assistive technology as a means of fully participating in their educational curriculum. Accommodations might include a portable note taker with braille display that enables students to independently take and review their own notes, or a large monitor with screen magnification software that enables students to search the Internet to complete homework assignments. Professional development for school personnel is also essential in helping to integrate the use of assistive technology.
Other CABVI services for people who are blind & visually impaired in Upstate New York include: