Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Assistive Technology Training Resources

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There is a total of 16 training resources below...
New York City
Mike Golfo
Phone:(914) 332-0662
EMail: mssg74@optonline.net
Regions Covered:Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties; Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Email, Internet
Educational Background: Bachelors Degree - Public Administration; Currently working on MPA in Health Services Management
Experience: 5 Years - Assistive Technology Training; Builds Web Sites
Days of availability: Monday - Friday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.; Weekends after 12:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Jerry Randell
Phone:(718) 740-0798
EMail: jerry.randell@gmail.com
Regions Covered:New York City and Long Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Dolphin Products, Microsoft Office Applications, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS Scripting
Educational Background: BS - Computer Science
Experience: 15 Years - Assistive Technology Training
Days of availability: Monday - Friday
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or Work

New York City
Nellie Melendes
Phone:(212) 866-4518
EMail: namelco@yahoo.com
Regions Covered:White Plains, Manhattan, Bronx and Queens
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Email, Internet, Victor Reader Stream
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Computer Science
Experience: 10 Years - Lighthouse International - Assistive Technology Specialist; 9 Years - Hunter College - People With Disabilities
Days of availability: Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Fred Quick
Phone:(917) 991-2518
EMail: quick@samobile.net
Regions Covered:Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Magic, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, Victor Reader Stream, Note Takers
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Social Work
Experience: 10 Years - Lighthouse International - Assistive Technology Specialist
Days of availability: Weeknights After 5:00 P.M. Weekends 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or Work

New York City
Horace Smith
Phone:(917) 295-8155
EMail: yardyman41@yahoo.com
Regions Covered:Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Magic, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows XP, Vista, 7, Microsoft Office 97, 2003, 2007, 2010, CCTVs, Note Takers, Victor Reader Stream, Braille Translation Software and Braille Printers
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Computer Science
Certificates: Computer Electronics
Experience: 12 Years - Helen Keller Services for the Blind (Currently) - Assistive Technology Training
Days of availability: Monday - Friday After 4:00 P.M. Weekends 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
James Kozack
Phone:(718) 951-5000 Ext. 296
EMail: jkozack@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Regions Covered:Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Magic, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Internet
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Psychology, Master's Degree - Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
Certificates: Computer Languages
Experience: 25 Years Training in Assistive Technology
Days of availability: Weeknights 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Weekends 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Carlos Herrera - Access Technology Services
Phone:(516)991-8892
EMail: askcarlos@aol.com
Regions Covered:Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Magic, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, CCTVs, Victor Reader Stream, Software Installation and Computer Trouble Shooting
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Sociology
Experience: 20 Years - Assistive Technology and Training
Days of availability: Monday - Sunday - Flexible
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Jewish Guild Healthcare, Vision + Health
(Assistive Technology Center)

Address: 15 West 65th St. C Level
New York , NY 10023
Phone:(212)769-6200
Regions Covered:Nassau and Westchester Counties; Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: APPLE including iOS devices iPad, iPod, iPhone, Mac, Android, Windows through Windows 8, Office through Office 2010, Word Perfect, Email, Internet, Zoomtext, Magic, Supernova Access Suite, Zoom, Windows built in accessibility Magnification and narrator, Dragon Naturally Speaking, JAWS, JaySay, Window-Eyes, NVDA, SaToGo, Kurzweil, OpenBook, CCTVs, Notetakers, Braille Displays, Embossers, digital Recorders.
Days of availability: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Evenings and Saturdays as needed
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Jewish Guild Healthcare training center

New York City
Helen Keller Services for the Blind
(Assistive Technology Center)

Address: 57 Willoughby St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201
Phone:(718)522-2122
Regions Covered:Suffolk and Nassau Counties; Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Magic, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Email, Internet, Open Book, Kurzweil, Antivirus Applications, Braille Translation Software, CCTVs, Note Takers, Victor Reader Stream, Plex Talk
Days of availability: Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place:

New York City
Ray Fernandez
Phone:
EMail: rayfernandez417@gmail.com
Regions Covered:Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Magic, Some Super Nova, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Email, Internet, Note Takers, Victor Reader Stream, Plex Talk Pocket
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Computer Information Systems
Certificates: Microsoft A+ Certification
Experience: 17 Years - Helen Keller Services for the Blind - Assistive Technology Specialist
Days of availability: By Appointment
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or Work

New York City
Lynne Tatum
Phone:917 330-7159
EMail: techlynne46@gmail.com
Regions Covered:Manhattan
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, System Access, NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA), Kurzweil, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Email, Internet, portable book readers, iDevices and Skype
Certificates: Certification in Microsoft Word
Experience: Over 16 years training assistive technology
Days of availability: Friday and Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Nicholas Francis
Phone:(347) 612-6040
EMail: nicholasfrancis@live.com
Regions Covered:Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Manhattan, Bronx
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, Magic, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 3000, 1000, All Microsoft Operating Systems, Computer and printer Repair Service
Educational Background: MS Information Systems
Experience: Eight Years Computer Repairs and Assistive Technology Specialist
Days of availability: Mondays and Fridays 2:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

New York City
Computer Center For Visually Impaired People
Address: One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington at 24th St)
New York , NY 10010
Phone:(646) 312-1000
EMail: Judith.gerber@baruch.cuny.edu
Regions Covered:NY Metro area for in class, statewide by phone when appropriate.
Technology Knowledge: Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook), Mac OSX, Apple IOS; Screen Readers: JAWS,, Window-Eyes, NVDA, and System Access; Screen Magnification: MAGic, ZoomText, and System Access Magnifier; Apple Products: iPad, iPhone, and iPod; OCR (Optical Character Recognition): Kurzweil 1000, SARA (Scanning and Reading Appliance), Seroteks Docu-Scan Plus; Portable DAISY Players: NLS Player, Humanwares Victor Reader Stream, HIMS BookSense, and APHs Book Port Plus; Notetakers: HIMS Voice Sense QWERT, Pac Mate, and Braille Note; Braille: Duxbury translation program, embossers including Index and those from Enabling Technologies, displays including Alva from Humanware, and Focus from Freedom Scientific; Other: Olympus Digital Voice Recorders.
Educational Background: BAs
Experience: 41 years of cumulative teaching experience
Days of availability: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): yes
Training Takes Place: Classroom or by phone, including Tandem

New York City
Myrna Votta
Phone:(347) 986-0579
EMail: myrnavotta@gmail.com
Regions Covered:Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, System Access, NVDA, various Braille displays, OpenBook, Kurzweil 1000, Windows, Microsoft Office, e-mail, Internet, notetakers, Victor Reader Stream, Mac computer, IOS devices, and the Kindle Fire Hdx tablet
Educational Background: Bachelor?s and Master?s degrees in Music Education
Experience: Twenty years as an assistive Technology Specialist at Lighthouse International and Seven years as an Technical Support Specialist at Humanware
Days of availability: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, school, Work and remotely

New York City
Jean w Michel
Phone:(347) 528-4113
EMail: jeanwmich@gmail.com
Regions Covered:Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island
Technology Knowledge: Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, Window-eyes, Jaws, Kurzweil, MaGic, Microsoft office 2007 and 2013, internet, remote and on sight troubleshooting. Teaches in English and Haitian Creole.
Educational Background: CompTIA A+ certified, MSA with A+ & Network +
Days of availability: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No
Training Takes Place: Consumer?s home or public library

New York City
Solid Rock - Darius Pietrocola - Access Technology Services
Phone:(888)774-4353
EMail: Reply@TheSolidRockinc.com
Regions Covered:Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, all of Long Island, and White Plains
Technology Knowledge: JAWS, ZoomText, Open Book, Kurzweil 1000 & 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, all apple IOS devices, Windows XP,7 & 10, Microsoft Office(Outlook, Word, Excel), Internet, CCTVs, All Portable Devices, Software and Hardware Installation, Anti-Virus and Computer Trouble Shooting
Experience: Over 20 years doing Assistive Technology evaluations and training
Days of availability: Monday - Friday - Flexible
Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes
Training Takes Place: Home, Work, School