Vision Forward opens new Technology and Education Center
(February 2, 2016) Milwaukee, WI – Members of Greater Milwaukee’s blind and visually impaired community will soon have access to Vision Forward’s new Technology and Education Center designed to help people of all ages learn about and receive training on the most innovative technology designed for people with limited vision or no vision.
For individuals who are blind or visually impaired technology needs to have a modification or a special built-in feature that enables them to use it. Such equipment is called assistive or adaptive technology, and its purpose is to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Vision Forward’s new Technology and Education Center features innovative assistive technology in real-life work, school and home environments. This technology allows children, adults and seniors who are visually impaired access to computers, print information and so much more.
“With new clients, we learn about their personal, academic and vocational goals. Then we assess their computer skills and make appropriate recommendations on what technology will best help them accomplish their goals,” states Cory Ballard, Vision Forward’s Assistive Technology Specialist.
Cory truly understands the benefits of assistive technology both professionally and personally. He lost his vision at the age of 12. “These devices are so much more than just technology,” says Cory. “They mean independence for so many.” Vision Forward’s staff fully understands the challenges of vision loss. “We’re here to assist, teach and empower our clients so that vision loss becomes an inconvenience and nothing more,” states Cory.
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