Who we are:
Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization located in Richardson, TX.
 What we do:
We provide accessible computers to persons who are blind and visually impaired so that they can have:
-The independent ability to conduct activities of daily living such as personal reading, management of finances, and maintenance of household records.
-Personal and private communications with friends, family, health care professionals and business associates.
-A virtual learning environment where information resources are just a finger-tip away.
-Improved employment opportunities through the development of knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.
How we do it:
We collect donated laptop and desktop computers from businesses and individuals. Skilled volunteer computer technicians wipe them clean and install screen reader software (NVDA). Upon request we provide larger monitors and/or a trial version of Zoomtext. The full version is available at a significant discount. E-mail and word processor software are part of the software library along with simple accessible tutorials on how to operate the accessible software. We currently ship about 70 computers a month throughout the country and have already shipped over 6,000 computers. We ship a minimum Dual Core 1.8 GHz, with1.5 GB memory and 80 GB hard drive. Occasionally we are able to ship Pentium 4 3.0 GHz systems.
 Who can get a computer:
 Anyone with a visual impairment who is serious about using it and is willing to commit to the learning process. 
 These computers are ideal for persons who want/need a computer but the purchase of one through a state vocational rehabilitation agency is currently not available. We can partner together to meet the needs of your consumers/clients. Please consider referring us to someone who could benefit from one.
For general inquires or to request a computer, contact us at:
Computers for the Blind

Authored by: Braille Authority of North America

March 2013


Braille changes have occured from US braille to the UEB version: Begin learning about the changes in order to be ready for the new reading materials that will be issued as well as use of a new iOS7 device, which sets its default at UEB

Go to: Braille Changes to begin learning these new skills

You can change back to US Braille on an iOS7 device by merely going to the settings\general\accessibility\VoiceOver\braille, Then, find the option called translation and activate this with a CRB or by double tapping. The currently selected table will be English
Unified, and you can choose from either the US or UK table. double tap or press a cursor routing button above US, and you should be set—–.but it may be wise to begin making the shift in learning, so you can do both as needed.

Since the 1990’s, the Microsoft Corporation has perhaps been best known for its various Windows platforms, the most current being Windows 8. What isn’t
as well known, however, not even by access technology instructors, is Microsoft’s Disability Support Line which began in January, 2013 and operates out
of Toronto, Canada. When you call their toll-free number, 1-800-936-5900, you will speak with a technician whose job it is to help persons who are blind,
vision impaired, or have other disabilities with computer troubleshooting and repair issues.

The office reached with the toll free number, 1-800-936-5900, was actually in the Phillipines. The technician did a remote connection with my computer and he fixed my problem.    I also asked about support in other countries outside North America, specifically Egypt. He told me that Egypt is covered under EMEA Support; EMEA stands for Europe, Middle East & Asia. The phone number for EMEA Support is: 080-0026-0584

This is a free service

To assess service quality, callers are asked to complete a brief survey at the end of each call. I was genuinely impressed that a supervisor, and not an
automated system, which I hate, conducts the survey.


So your blind child needs a graphing calculator—first you know it needs to talk–Orbit Research and APH-American Printing House for the Blind have combined their ideas into the The Orion talking graphing calculator

If your student is Low Vision, this tool and a tool to enlarge the graphing calculator enables easy viewing to maximize the benefit of this calculator with a smartview emulator

These 2 tools enable many possibilities

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