Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

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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 LevelNew 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