CANnect - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

c/o Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661-4120


Rachel Rosenbaum, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • CANnect is a consortium of agencies and schools who have developed online courses that are accessible to the blind. We do not develop courses ourselves but act as a distributor and promoter of online courses that are accessible to the blind by accumulating them all in one place on our website in a master catalogue. All these courses are available to browse through to locate a course that interests the student. When the student has found such a course, he/she follows the directions provided by the vendor on enrolling. Some courses are free while others can cost as much as $150.00. Remember some, like the Carroll Center’s Excel Courses are college level courses. If provided by a Business School the cost might be as high as $600 a course and most likely would not be accessible. Lots of time and money were expended in developing these professional training courses. These courses are of 36 hour duration and require a serious commitment to do the homework and hand in assignments. Graduates from these courses have testified as to their effectiveness, making it possible to re-enter the job market or to enter the job market for the first time, by demonstrating their effective use of Excel, the highly touted spreadsheet program widely used in business. Other Carroll Center courses include 3 courses on Diabetes Self-Care – one for health professionals, one for vision professionals who have visually impaired students with diabetes and one for individuals and the families of visually impaired persons who are diabetics. Because of the life threatening nature of this disease these courses were developed and are monitored by a certified Diabetic educator with many years experience and are kept up to date. Like the Excel courses, these are also lengthy and comprehensive courses with reading assignments and homework. Finally, The Carroll Center has a series of much shorter Apple video tutorials. The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) has developed K-12 level courses in mathematics and recently posted them on the CANnect website/master catalogue. These courses are offered during the academic year at specific times. If you are a high school student and eligible to enroll in Algebra or other higher level math course, and are interested in taking one of the online courses for high school credit, you should contact Mike is WSSB’s IT specialist and can advise you what courses will be offered for the remainder of the academic year, then you should go to your school’s math teacher and inform him/her that you are interested in enrolling in the WSSB online math course. The teacher will have to take this up with the school principal for the school to agree to pay the fee to WSSB (as most out-of-district courses have fees) and even more importantly the principal will have to ascertain that your state department of education will accept the WSSB course for your high school credits counting toward graduation requirements. This is a formality because most states have similar requirements but it has to be addressed nonetheless. These courses are ONLINE but SYNCRONOUS (see text above) • Pre-Algebra • Algebra I • Algebra II • Computer Programming with Quorum for Middle School or H. S. Academic track students • Geometry • H.S. Pre Calculus WSSB also has many video clips that are informative not only to the blind person but also to families and especially to parents of blind children with tips on how to teach your blind child to brush his teeth independently, how to tie shoes and other practical daily skills like how to identify money, why a cane is useful. Another is on how to be guided safely by a sighted person (in other words, how to instruct a sighted person to guide you safely). Professional level courses: Besides those offered by the Carroll Center mentioned above, There are courses from Baruch College’s Computer Center for the Visually Impaired, Professor Norm Coombs’s (EASI) well respected courses in Assistive Technology, and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Baruch College’s Computer Center for the Visually Impaired offers timely courses on • How to use the I-Pad with VoiceOver • Accessible GPS, APP • Accessible I-phone APP • Livin’ Large with Low Vision Professor Coombs’s Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) currently offers three courses: • Information Technology without Walls – aimed at institutions giving them guidance on choosing and setting up computing centers and computers to make them accessible to all. • Online teaching without Walls • Using KINDLE for the PC with accessibility and a screen reader Cathyanne Murtha’s Assistive Technology Institute is offering • Outlook 2013 with JAWS for Windows Training Course • Windows 7 with JAWS for Windows Training Course • Windows 7 with WindowEyes for Windows Training Course • Windows 8 with JAWS for Windows Training Course • Windows 8 with WindowEyes for Windows Training Course • Word 2010 with WindowEyes and JAWS for Windows Training Course • Word 2013 with WindowEyes for Windows Training Course The Hadley School for the Blind currently has posted 113 courses Hadley School courses are well known to blind persons, too numerous to list in this e-mail ranging widely in subject matter from Bible studies, to gardening to Braille Literacy on 4 levels. The Miami Lighthouse developed a unique Braille Music Composition Course for blind musicians. The course was put into online format with the help of Brian Charlson and the Carroll Center. TSBVI (The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired) • An introduction to Adaptive Math Tools for the Blind and Visually impaired, 67 video tutorials divided into 7 sections • Assistive Technology, I-Devices Website • Communication for Children with Deaf-Blindness and Multiple Impairments • Cortical /Cerebral Visual Impairment Tutorial • Creating Student Portfolios • Guide Techniques, How to assist an individual who is blind using safe guiding techniques. • Optical Device Use. The Houston Lighthouse has recently agreed to post their accessible course on Medical transcription OFFERINGS from outside the UNITED STATES CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) has posted a course for transcribers on Unified English Braille. RNIB (The Royal National Institute for Blind Persons) in England has posted some Training videos on access technology The Western Australia Association for the Blind has now linked to CANnect, their highly regarded CISCO ACADEMY courses, whereby visually impaired/ blind individuals can become certified in CISCO NETWORKING. The courses are all accessible online and lead to real, well paying jobs. They are listed below: • Audio Editing Fundamentals • Computers 101 • Introduction to HTML5and to CSS • Introduction to Programming with PHP • Introduction to the Linux Pi • IT Essentials • Microsoft Office Essentials • Word Press Bootcamp CMS Fundamentals ffers web-based courses for people who are blind or visually impaired.
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