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Access Technology Institute

Website - Access Technology Institute

Description - Access Technology At ATI, we take a unique approach to access technology training. We speak the language of the Operating System and the screen reader. Students learn how to access the concepts and controls of Windows and the terminology of the operating system and applications. After taking one of our courses or studying one of our textbooks, students can more easily access and understand mainstream training materials and help documentation.

Accessible World

Website - Accessible World

Description - The Accessible World seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them.

Bazyn Communications

Website - Bazyn Communications

Description - Bazyn Communications was created to motivate businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals to realize their full potential. As a motivational and inspirational speaker, coach, and writer, it is my mission and purpose to inspire clients by sharing ideas and techniques to help them improve. I also desire to guide as many people as possible in developing a positive image for others. To that end, I have designed many tools for different individuals and groups. Check out the various links on the home page to see how I can inspire you!

BLIND, Inc.: Learning in New Dimensions

Website - BLIND, Inc.: Learning in New Dimensions

Description - BLIND, Incorporated is an adjustment to a blindness training center. We teach the skills that blind people need to become independent and employable such as Braille, home management, the use of the white cane, and computers with screen reading software, etc. But just as importantly, we instill in our students the confidence to put these skills into practice. We utilize the positive view of blindness of the National Federation of the Blind. We work from the premise that blindness doesn't have to be a tragedy. We know that, if given training and opportunity, blind people can live full and productive lives. BLIND, Incorporated is located in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the historic Charles S. Pillsbury mansion. Minneapolis is a vibrant and diverse city and the Twin Cities area offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as theater, canoeing, rock climbing, shopping, fishing, live music, and much more. Our students participate in activities to gain confidence and to prove to themselves that they can enjoy the same past times as their sighted friends and family members. We believe that blindness may change how we do some things, but it doesn't stop us from doing them.

BRL: Braille Through Remote Learning

Website - BRL: Braille Through Remote Learning

Description - Braille through Remote Learning is an online instructional program that provides teachers, parents, social workers, and current/future Braille transcribers with a series of three integrated online courses in Braille and Braille transcribing. The program is designed to offer the braille student the RIGHT INSTRUCTION (almost all aspects of Braille) at the RIGHT TIME (self-paced) in the RIGHT PLACE (home or workplace). By combining electronic technologies, quality materials, and expert instructors, the program has as its goal the provision of a complete Braille instructional program to all types of consumers nationwide who have an interest in some or all aspects of Braille codes. The BRL program was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Braille Literacy Program.

Equal Access to Software and Information

Website - Equal Access to Software and Information

Description - EASI is the Premiere Provider of Online Training on Accessible Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities reaching more than 4,000 people in over 3 dozen countries since 1993. EASI's mission is to serve as a resource by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. We stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

Exceptional Teaching, Inc.

Website - Exceptional Teaching, Inc.

Description - We, at Exceptional Teaching Inc. are dedicated to finding or producing products that will assist the following persons: Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Teachers of Students with Special Needs, Rehibilitation Specialists, Teachers of High School Students in Transition, Parents, Occupational Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Instructors, and Classroom Teachers.

Guitar by Ear

Website - Guitar by Ear

Description - When you use a Guitar by Ear cassette or CD you are getting the same instruction you would have if you were in the room with a world-class teacher who was demonstrating a passage of the song, and then teaching it to you in step-by-step detail. Because there is no music or tab involved you are getting to by-pass the paper and allow the sound of the song to go straight into your memory. And because you are using your body, instead of the paper, to help you remember the song, you are developing your ability to play by ear. There are over 350 songs, in three levels, covering all popular styles, that are taught in this format. If you are a first year student you can start using any of the level one lessons. There is even a special course for visually impaired guitarists.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Website - The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Description - The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers more than 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free of charge. From Braille Reading for Family Members to Birdsong Tutor, you can select from a wide variety of Hadley courses. You can study in the comfort of your own home at a time convenient for you. Course materials arrive in the mail (a few are downloadable), and for students in the U.S. and Canada, instructors are just a toll-free call away.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults

Website - Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults

Description - Live your life on your terms. Prepare for a great job, pursue your passion or devote yourself to a cause. Define success in your own way and achieve it. At HKNC, you'll find the training, resources and support to make all this possible. Our team of experts will work closely with you to develop an individualized action plan tailored to your needs and goals, and everything you learn will have practical, real world applications. One-on-one training, cutting-edge technology, hands-on learning and the opportunity to interact with people who know firsthand the challenges you faceit's all part of the HKNC experience.

Helping Students with Visual Impairments

Website - Resources, Tools and Technology to Foster School Success

The guide was created in part by four experts in the field, who lent their experience and expertise to help us provide students with visual impairments the tips and resources needed to succeed in school. Key features of our guide include:

  • Tips for choosing the right college
  • An in-depth look at the top assistive technology and tools being used today
  • Scholarships available for students with visual impairments

Perkins School for the Blind

Website - Perkins School for the Blind

Description - Defining a living institution is a challenge. Perkins School for the Blind is more than a campus and it is more than a school. Perkins has been, and continues to be, a source of inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind, deaf-blind or with multiple disabilities across the nation and the world. True to its mission, Perkins School for the Blind continues to grow and evolve with the needs, desires and dreams of its students and their families. The school fulfills, enriches and teaches. But ultimately, Perkins provides its students with the tools and knowledge to chart a course toward each individual's maximum level of independence, rich in experience and overflowing with potential. "Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities."