Adaptive communications and technology
Our adaptive communications and adaptive technology services assist blind and partially sighted people communicate and keep up with moving technology in the world.
Our adaptive communications services provide assessments and training in braille and a range of adaptive technologies. This gives an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to continue to read and write, access, store and retrieve information and communicate with others.
Based on individually assessed needs, our instructors structure training programmes to assist clients to meet their personal, work or study related goals. These outcomes can be achieved using a combination of low vision, audio and/or tactual skills. The structured training programmes are offered one-on-one, in small groups, and through distance learning programmes.
Instruction provided includes:
- Keyboarding skills.
- Electronic note-takng using speech or braille.
We also provide scanners, video magnifiers (CCTVs); and computers with speech, screen magnification and braille displays.
Adaptive communication instructors are based in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
For more information, please call us on 0800 24 33 33.
Adaptive technology refers to technology designed to assist blind and partially sighted people to participate more fully in a range of communications.
Examples of such technology include talking screen reading software that reads out in synthetic speech what a sighted person would see on a computer screen, refreshable braille displays that render electronic text in braille, braille embossers, note takers with speech or braille output and products that enlarge or improve the display of information on a screen.
Our consultants provide a full assessment of the technology needed to achieve greater access to print and digital media. Special assessments can also be provided for the workplace.
Adaptive technology instruction is offered in:
- Keyboarding and computer basics.
- Word processing and spreadsheets.
- Using the internet for communication, social networking, e-shopping and travelling.
Members also receive support to use technology for pre-employment skills like information researching, online job searching, developing resume and cover letters.
Our classrooms are located in Auckland and Wellington. Mobile classrooms are also conducted in Christchurch, Dunedin and other locations from time-to-time to help members to keep up to speed with the emerging accessible technologies.
For more information, please call us on 0800 24 33 33 and ask for the adaptive technology help desk or email AThelpdesk@rnzfb.org.nz.