Braille Institute Highlights Assistive Technology in January for People Living with Vision Loss - Palm Springs Life %

Braille Institute Highlights Assistive Technology in January for People Living with Vision Loss

Braille Institute Highlights Assistive Technology in January for People Living with Vision Loss

Free online workshops provide information about accessing technology to assist in daily living

Braille Institute Coachella Valley announces that January 2022 is Assistive Technology Month and will offer many opportunities for Braille students to learn about the amazing array of technology aides that can help them increase independence with cooking, reading, or other daily living activities. A team of experienced experts in many fields will offer their insights and tips during a range of classes and workshops geared around technology aids. Every one of these opportunities is free to the public and many are offered in Spanish. Individuals can obtain more information about these technology solutions by visiting BrailleInstitute.org/coachellavalley or by calling 760-321-1111 or 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).

While the Braille Institute center in Palm Desert has temporarily suspended in-person services due to COVID-19, all classes and services are provided remotely through the Microsoft Teams platform for distance learning and teleservice. Individuals are able to participate in any Braille class or workshop using a computer, tablet, or phone from the comfort of their home. The benefit of these virtual classes is that these students may participate in workshops offered by any of the seven Braille Institute centers throughout Southern California.

“Braille Institute puts an increased focus on technology in January because we know many people receive new technology devices as gifts for the holidays,” said Amy Sand, Regional Manager of Braille Institute Coachella Valley. “We are delighted to offer workshops on devices and programs such as Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Teams and the Apple Watch.”

Some other free upcoming technology-related learning workshops include:
• Cooking with Technology: Today’s kitchen appliances are easier to use than ever before by offering voice activation and simplicity of operation. In this informative workshop, Braille Institute’s Independent Living Instructor Leticia Hernandez will teach students about the many small and large appliances that can make cooking easy and fun.
• Living Independently with Technology: In this workshop students will learn how to use assistive devices for every room in their homes, including the kitchen, living room and bedroom. These devices include the Instapot, a talking TV, medication adaptations, and more.
• Is There an App For That? This workshop provides information about the many useful applications available to the seeing impaired that are able to read short and long text, read currency, and perform many other functions.
• New Technology: Low Vision Devices: Cory Hanosh of North State Assistive Technology will demonstrate the newest low vision devices that can assist students to perform tasks such as reading, writing, and managing medications and finances.

View the Full Schedule of Workshop: https://brailleinstitute.org/technology-workshops

In addition, students are encouraged to explore Braille Institute’s sophisticated Connection Pointe training center for one-on-one training on the latest in assistive technology. Connection Pointe instructors teach students how to use VoiceOver, text readers, Seeing AI, and other useful apps. Some instructors are also visually impaired so they can relate to what a person coming in is experiencing and can explain the technology in ways that are understandable.

Braille Institute’s comprehensive Library Services offers access to more than 100,000 books and magazines in every genre and for every age in audio or digital. The Library Services staff teaches students how to use the online audiobook service BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), so they can download books and magazines to their computer or mobile device, anywhere, anytime.

These are just a fraction of the many existing technology solutions available for free to individuals during January Assistive Technology Month and all year long. Workshop registration is currently open to anyone who is interested in learning about technology aids. Students may find out more information about these technology solutions by visiting BrailleInstitute.org/technology-month or by calling 760-321-1111 or 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).

Braille Institute has been serving the Coachella Valley community since 1973 by offering free programs and services to those who are blind or visually impaired. For more information, go to BrailleInstitute.org/coachellavalley or call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).

Date

Feb 07 2022

Location

Braille Institute
70251 Ramon Road, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

Organizer

Braille Institute Coachella Valley
Phone
800-272-4553
Website
https://brailleinstitute.org/technology-workshops

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