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Grant 3: Computers for the Blind (CFTB) Compute with Confidence Program

In order to secure employment in the increasingly digitally based workplace, individuals who are blind and have low vision need to have adaptive equipment along with state-of-the art technology skills. Assistive technology equipment and training can be costly and complex.  To address these challenges and bridge the training gap, the Computers for the Blind (CFTB) Compute with Confidence program bridges the training gap by providing devices equipped with assistive technology and a six-week training program. CFTB approached RDPFS to support Compute with Confidence, which aims to help individuals who have recently lost their eyesight to reintroduce themselves to computer skills using assistive technology. This enhanced training is offered to clients who have purchased CFTB’s fully equipped, affordable computers. The program addresses the challenges of adapting to non-visual computer use and the growing demand from those who require software training. Serving a diverse age range, from five through 99 years old, Compute with Confidence features videos, modules, webinars, and presentation tools. Due to high demand, and with support from RDPFS and other funders, CFTB is adding two extra classes per day, three days a week, along with a one-week training lab for students who need more support. To reach greater numbers of individuals who can benefit from the program, CFTB is launching a marketing initiative targeting more agencies and additional corporations for donations.