Technology Training

Individuals with vision loss may receive the following technology services through the Center for Sight & Hearing:

  • Technology assessments to determine current computer skills;
  • Training on hardware, including Braille notes, Braille embossers, digital talking book players, talking GPS’s, magnifiers, low vision aids, printers, and scanners;
  • Training on adaptive software,  including  screen reading, screen magnification, and scanning software; and
  • Training on basic computer skills, keyboarding skills, Microsoft Office, Window’s accessibility, E-mail, Internet, and computer and Internet security.

Short-term technical support and consultation are also provided upon request.

How can individuals with vision loss get started with these services?

Individuals who have a vision loss, are in need of our technology services, and have an employment goal must first contact their local office for the Illinois Department of Human Services: Bureau of Blind Services or the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Center for Sight & Hearing serves northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

To locate the office nearest you, please go to the following links:

In order to be eligible for the services through the Center for Sight & Hearing, individuals in need of services must be referred by their local rehabilitation counselor.