Technology InstructionThe CILMNT holds business computer classes throughout the year, to increase the job potential of adults with disabilities. The classes are to help people learn computer skills or to re-train those who need to use the computer in a different way, such as for those who no longer are able to see the screen. Here is a video example of learning a new way to type. Direct link to the video.
Individual trainingis given for those who have equipment and need to learn how it functions. An example is for a non-visual cellphone user to be able to use the phone in the most productive way. Our Technology Manager, MaryLee Perkins, has over 20 years of experience teaching people who are disabled, both children and adults, to use technology equipment and software to enhance their lives.
Using technology can enable a person to do a job on an equal footing with their co-workers. Using screen readers, screen magnification software, voice recognition software and the use of AAC (adaptive and augmentative communications) devices are some examples of what is taught at the CIL.
Computer Lab/Internet AccessThe CILMTN maintains a modern computer lab where our consumers can learn independent living skills and advocacy, write a resume, surf the web, or just become more comfortable operating a computer. Consumers can learn how to use specialized input and output devices and obtain advice before purchasing equipment. In addition, the CIL has several up to date pieces of equipment to try out. Examples include the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle ebook reader, and Victor Reader Stream daisy book reader.
The lab is completely accessible, having screen magnification, screen readers, speech recognition software, large monitors, and text reading software. The computers have the current versions of Microsoft Office and the Windows operating system. Individual and group demonstrations of software and hardware are available to consumers, family members, educators, employers, libraries, and other professionals.
For complete information, contact our office at 615-292-5803 and ask for the Technology Manager
Loaner equipmentThe CIL has loaner computers for currently enrolled students. In addition, the CIL lends out an Apple iPad with AAC software installed for a three day in-home trial to families who are making a decision about AAC devices for people who with special needs. We also have the following devices for training purposes: an Amazon Kindle3, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and a Victor Reader Stream, and an ipod touch. Ask us about Braille embossers for rent.
Useful links:www.thewhitecrocus.com - a site about low cost technology alternatives for people with special needs
JAWS users site - lots of good links for non-visual computer users
NVDA a free, very good screen reader for Windows users. NVDA has undergone many in the past few years and it’s now ready for general public use.
lioncourt.com - useful reviews and info about technology issues
mac for the blind - resource page for Mac VoiceOver screen reader users
atmac.org - another good technology site
MacAuthority - who provides equipment and tech support for various demonstrations
Good links for screen reader users:cantoni.mobi - a long list of accessible websites
m.tennessean.com - an easier way to read the local Nashville newspaper a subscription service.
m.usatoday.com - an easier way to read a national newspaper
m.yahoo.com - easier way to use the yahoo portal and yahoo email
m.comcast.net - far less confusing than their full site
mobile.latimes.com- LA Times newspaper
mobile.seattletimes.com Seattle Times newspaper
iPhone/iPad instruction for people who are blind or have low vision. Use any ATT iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S on the Puretalkusa or StraightTalk plan for $45 a month unlimited talk text and data, and get the benefits of the very Blind Friendly iPhone. See thewhitecrocus.com for more information