Inclusion in action: Jack shows students what’s possible with Office 365, a screen reader and a keyboard

Today, we meet Jack Mendez, an instructor, at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. Jack shows his students the full power of technology, and teaches them about the accessibility features and capabilities in Office 365 and Windows 10. Jack’s story is part of our Inclusion in action series announced last month, highlighting how accessible technologies enable transformative change.

Here’s his story.

When a sighted person walks into Jack Mendez’s classroom, one of the first things they notice is a workstation without a screen. For Jack, this is a striking example how far assistive technology has advanced.

“I have a computer without a screen, and that’s intentional because I want people to understand that all you need is a keyboard and some headphones.” said Jack. “You can produce and consume content and use the computer…. go to full story

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Non-profit Computers for the Blind (CFTB), recognized last year with the 2017 Access Award by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) for making computers affordable and accessible, has further enhanced it’s program.

All CFTB Computers now come with a home edition license of the consumer’s choice of JAWS, Fusion, or ZoomText. These home edition licenses can also be used for home businesses, and those who work from home.

Additional program enhancements include:
Typio talking typing tutorial. Only $10 due to generous grant. Retails for $100. Demo is free.
Availability of additional upgrades and add-ons such as additional RAM and bigger hard drives.
Credit cards, checks, and purchase orders from agencies accepted.
Bi-lingual customer service and technical support staff with expanded customer service hours.
More volunteers and more volunteer shifts for quicker turn-around of computers. Wait list in currently under 2 weeks.
Revamped website.

For more details check out the CFTB Fact Sheet or call customer service at 214-340-6328.

  CFTB is saving agencies thousands of dollars and consumers hundreds of dollars compared to retail costs due to generous grants from Communities Foundation of Texas and donated software from VF0 Group.  Read about us on AFB’s VisionAware website and an article about our partnership with FS on their blog.

David Jeppson
Executive Director
Computers for the Blind