Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Assistive Technology Training Resources

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There are 6 training resources listed.


Russell Holland Adirondack Accessibility

Phone: 315-826-3929


Regions Covered: Upstate New York to Albany

Technology Knowledge: Zoomtext, Magic, CCTVs, Open Book, Windows, Macintosh, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel

Educational Background: M.Ed.

Certificates: NYS Special Education Teacher

Experience: 30 Years training assistive technology to people with a broad range of disabilities

Days of availability: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Flexible

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): No

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


Kathryn Jedynak

Phone: 585-203-4494


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 in 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


William Lane

Phone: 315-246-9743


Regions Covered: Cayuga, Onondaga and Seneca Counties

Technology Knowledge: Expertise in Hardware and Some Software Knowledge

Educational Background: Business Institute at Syracuse University

Certificates: Comptia A+ certified (National Standard)

Experience: 14 Years Hardware Installation

Days of availability: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M., Saturday by Appointment

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): no

Training Takes Place:


Eric Colomb

Phone: 518-499-2393


Regions Covered: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, some Zoomtext, some Magic, Open Book, Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Windows, Microsoft Word, some Microsoft Excel, Email, Internet, Audio Editing Software, Note Takers, Victor Reader Stream, Olympus DS Recorders

Educational Background: College Credits in Computer Science

Experience: Assistive Technology Repair and Training - 12 Years

Days of availability: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Weekends As Needed

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes

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


Lucy Cox

Phone: 315-308-1541


Regions Covered: Onondaga County

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, HumanWare Companion Software, Open Book, Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, Internet Explorer, Skype,Duxbury Braille Translation Software, Victor Reader Stream, Pearl Camera, Braille Note Takers, Braille Embossers and Braille Displays.

Certificates: Access Technology Institute 2007

Experience: Has trained assistive technology since 1995. Has been certified to teach adaptive technology since 2007.

Days of availability: Monday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes

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


Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. AVRE
(Assistive Technology Center)

Address: 174 Court St.Binghamton, NY 13901

Phone: 607-724-2428

Regions Covered: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, Tompkins

Technology Knowledge: JAWS, Window-Eyes, Zoomtext, Magic, Windows XP and 7, Office 2007 and 2010, Apple products, Victor Reader Stream, Pacmate, Braille Note

Days of availability: Monday-Friday 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

Remote technical assistance (JAWS): Yes

Training Takes Place: AVRE Training Center