Access Technology Training (A.T.)
Changes in technology are creating new ways to communicate and transforming how we live and work. At BALANCE for Blind Adults, you can learn how to use the latest adaptive devices and improve your computer skills. Discover how to work with the Internet and send messages by email.
Our Access Technology Program offers computer courses throughout the year. If you need computer training for home or for work, our experienced instructors are ready to help.
Access Technology services
- customized, one-on-one training
- group classes
- technical support during and after training
- up-to-date information on adaptive technologies and digital assistants
- a well-equipped training centre, centrally located in downtown Toronto
Access Technology instruction
Adaptive technologies & access devices
- screen reading and screen magnification software/hardware
- refreshable Braille displays
- Braille embossing hardware/software
- Braille and other note taking devices
Computer applications (group classes)
- Windows operating system and basic file management procedures
- introduction to word processing, keyboarding, and basic editing skills
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook
- troubleshooting and maintaining your computer
- introduction to the Internet (requires your own Internet provider)
- introduction to email
- digital players/recorders
- Personal Digital Assistants (P.D.A.s)
- personal G.P.S. (global positioning satellite) systems
- mobile phones with screen reader technology
Check the BALANCE News page for upcoming group classes. Watch the site for new course developments in Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.
Access Technology is subsidized by the Ministry of Health and available to anyone who is vision impaired. To find out more about A.T.T., contact the BALANCE office, visit the Resources page on our website, or fill out our easy application form to meet with a BALANCE instructor.
“My adaptive technology instruction gave me new possibilities. Now I can email my friends and family, and find health care tips on the Internet. When I went to my first rock concert I could look up ticket prices and phone numbers.”