Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Assistive Technology Training Resources

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There are 11 training resources listed.

Buffalo

ABVI-Goodwill
(Assistive Technology Center)

Address: 422 South Clinton Ave.Rochester, NY 14260

Phone: (585) 232-1111

Regions Covered: Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates Counties

Technology Knowledge: IOS devices, Apple products, JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Magic, Dragon Naturally Speaking, J-Say, Windows, Microsoft Office, Email, Internet, Open Book, Kurzweil, antivirus applications, Braille displays, note takers, CCTVs, Victor Reader Stream

Days of availability: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: ABVI-Goodwill Training Center

Buffalo

Garry Lum

Phone: (716) 381-8378

Cell: (716) 888-0336

EMail: garrylum1@verizon.net

Regions Covered: Buffalo

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Zoomtext, scanning software, Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Email, Internet, CCTVs

Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Graduate Credits in Health Care and Public Administration

Experience: Previous Business Owner - Configured Computer Systems with Assistive Technology and Has Been Training Assistive Technology For The Past 16 Years

Days of availability: Monday-Friday after 4:00 P.M.,Weekends Anytime

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

Buffalo

Todd Paul

Phone: (716)675-8566

Cell: (716)574-8869

EMail: tpaul57@verizon.net

Regions Covered: Buffalo

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Open Book, Windows, Microsoft Office, Braille & Speak, Scanners, CCTVs, Victor Reader Stream, Digital Recorders

Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Special Education and Teaching of the Blind and Partially Sighted, Master's Degree - Liberal Studies, Focus On People With Disabilities

Certificates: Teaching Certification in Special Education - Teaching the Blind and Visually Impaired, Certification in Assistive Technology

Experience: Previously Employed at the Olmstead Center, Currently Assistive Technology Trainer.

Days of availability: Fall thru Spring: Monday-Friday After 4:00 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

Buffalo

Stacey Thompson

Phone: (585)343-6580

EMail: sthompson003@rochester.rr.com

Regions Covered: Rochester and Buffalo

Technology Knowledge: Adaptive Technology, JAWS, Zoomtext

Educational Background: BS Business Administration - Rochester Institute of Technology

Experience: 30 Years Computer - 10 Years training in Assistive Technology

Days of availability: Monday-Friday Evenings, Weekends All Day

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumers Home

Buffalo

Center for Assistive Technology
(Assistive Technology Center)

Address: 3108 Main St.Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 836-1168

Regions Covered: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Hal, Lunar, Zoomtext, Magic, Supernova, Dragon Naturally Speaking, J-Say, Magni Talk, Windows, Microsoft Office, Email, Internet, Open Book, Kurzweil, ABBYY Fine Reader, CCTVS, Note Takers, Victor Reader Stream, Victor Reader Classmate, PlexTalk, Refreshable Braille devices, GPS, Word prediction, audio scanning with switch access, Caketalk, Limealoud, alternate keyboards and pointing devices, IOS devices with assistive hardware and software, Apple OS 10.8, Zoomtext for Mac, Dragon Dictate, Bluetooth keyboards and Braille displays; various apps including Learning Ally, Read2Go, iBooks, AccessNote Notetaker

Days of availability: Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Center for Assistive Technology Training Center

Buffalo

Kathryn Jedynak

Phone: (585) 203-4494

EMail: kjedynak@exartim.com

Regions Covered: Syracuse and Rochester

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, System Access, Open Book, Kurzweil, Windows 95 to Windows 7, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Firefox

Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree - Information Systems

Experience: Assistive Technology Trainer

Days of availability: Monday, Wednesday-Daytime; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - After 4:00 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or Remotely

Buffalo

Linda Marotta-Moore

Phone: (716) 870-1436

EMail: lmarotta4@verizon.net

Regions Covered: Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Magic, Scanning Software, MS Office, Internet, Braille Displays, CCTVs, Note Takers

Educational Background: Certified Technical Trainer; New York State Proprietary Business School Teacher

Experience: Assistive Technology Instructor, Microsoft Office Instructor - Olmsted Center for Sight, Lead Instructor and Training Manager - COMPUSA

Days of availability: Flexible

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or Work

Buffalo

Ann K. Parsons

Phone: (585) 244-0477

EMail: akp@portaltutoring.info

Regions Covered: Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans, Ontario, Chemung and Onondaga Counties.

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, System Access, Open Book, Kurzweil 1000, Docuscan Plus, Windows XP, Windows7, Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007, Outlook, Internet, Basic HTML, BrailleNote and other note takers, Victor Reader Stream, Victor Reader Stratus, NLS Digital Talking Book Machine and other DAISY players

Educational Background: B.A. English Education, M.S. Guidance And Personnel, 30 hours post graduate - Teaching people who are Blind and Visually Impaired.

Certificates: Train The Trainer Certificate, Provisional Certificate - Special Education - Teaching Those who are blind and visually impaired, Certificate - English Education.

Experience: Assistive Technology trainer - 9 years, Assistive Technology Trainer - ABVI-Goodwill 6 months, Currently self business owner.

Days of availability: Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home, Work, School

Buffalo

Chris Grabowski, Mystic Access

Phone: (716) 543-3323

EMail: cgrabowski73@gmail.com

Regions Covered: Erie County

Technology Knowledge: Windows screen readers such as Window-eyes, Supernova and NVDA, VoiceOver on the iPad, iPhone and Talkback on Android Devices, notetakers, GPS from Sendero, DAISY book players, Victor Reader Stream, Book Sense, Book port, Plextalk

Experience: 25 years of assistive technology support and training

Days of availability: negotiable

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: Consumer's Home or virtually

Buffalo

Jennifer Mohr

Phone: (585) 208-7115

EMail: jennmohr2@gmail.com

Regions Covered: Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, North Country

Technology Knowledge: iOS with VoiceOver and Zoom, Macintosh including Voiceover, Zoom, and ZoomText, Windows with Window-Eyes, ZoomText, Magic, and JAWS, Duxbury, Braille Embossers, Braille Note Takers, Braille Displays, SuperNova, Read & Write Gold, Kurzweil, OpenBook, numerous stand alone devices including Eye Pal, Blaze ET and EZ, OrCam, Victor Reader Stream

Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree in History

Certificates: Communicative Disorders: DeafBlind

Experience: 15 years working with assistive technology on work and educational systems, recreational and personal use

Days of availability: Weekdays, weekends and evenings

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes

Training Takes Place:

Buffalo

Christopher Frank

Phone: (716) 512-5862

EMail: ChristopherFrankMSL@gmail.com

Regions Covered: Monroe and Wayne county

Technology Knowledge: Screen Enlargement Software, Typing, MS Office, Trouble-shooting

Educational Background: Masters of Strategic Leadership

Certificates: Supported Employment

Experience: Eight years providing Assistive Technology services at ABVI

Days of availability: Weekday evenings and weekends

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

Training Takes Place: individual's home or local library