Technology Assistance Division
The NFBK Technology Assistance Division is a diverse group of assistive technology users dedicated to the education and use of assistive technology. Along with the experience to draw from in order to use assistive technology, an assistance grant is also available.
Perkins School for the Blind Paths to Technology
Is your classroom "Going Google"? How can students with low vision view the whiteboard on his/her device? How do you introduce a preschool student to an iPad and a refreshable braille display? Should you update to iOS 9.2? What is the JAWS command for ____? What apps can be used for O&M purposes? How do you create accessible digital materials? Find the answers to these questions and more on Paths to Technology!
Paths to Technology is a place for TVIs and COMS to share information including teacher hints, activities, resources, favorite accessible apps, instructional videos and so much more. This new Community of Practice is a place where educators can unite to resolve accessibility issues as our classrooms are transitioning to digital learning environments. We envision a space where teachers, parents and students can come together as a strong voice to advocate for accessible educational materials to enable students to succeed not only in K-12 classrooms, but also in higher education and in the workforce.
Paths to Technology has something for everyone - including students! Encourage your student to check out the Paths to Technology Student Page and to get involved.
Paths to Technology has posts specifically for Orientation and Mobility! Go to Technology Search then select O&M. Please share YOUR O&M favorite app, hint or activity!
Come join the Paths to Technology community! Register here, then jump in on the discussions, share your ideas, ask a question, write a post and be a part of this exciting community.
Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) offers low interest loans for qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistive technology. Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities. Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, four of whom must have disabilities, that reviews all applications. KATLC made its first loan in the summer of 2000 and now has provided more than $4 million in loans to Kentuckians with disabilities to enable them to get the assistive technology they need, making it one of the most active assistive technology alternative financing programs in the nation. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides the staff support to the Board and KATLC.
Assistive Technology Fund
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life. Visit Blind Citizens website to apply.
Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation
Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation is leveling the playing field for all students by providing specialized equipment, materials, and training as well as educational, cultural and employment opportunities for students with visual impairments and their teachers. KSBCF is making it possible for students with visual impairments to have the same advantages in the classroom as their sighted peers. We believe education and independence is the first step on the road to lifelong success and are committed to those we serve, whether it is on an individual, community or statewide basis.Visit KSB CF's website for more information.