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NJ Foundation for the Blind Pilots iPad and iPhone Training for the Blind

Tom (left), a student at NJ Foundation for the Blind, demonstrates iPad gestures for technology instructor John Lenis in a recent iSee class.

 

NJ Foundation for the Blind Pilots iPad and iPhone Training for the Blind

 

 

With the evolution of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, an era of unprecedented independence and enhanced quality of life for individuals with severe vision loss has begun.

To fully utilize this powerhouse of technology, NJ Foundation for the Blind (NJFFB) has developed a training program, called iSee. The goal of iSee is to teach adults who are blind and visually impaired the gestures, integrated accessibility features and apps that will enable them to use these ultra-portable, all-in-one solutions to stay connected, informed and independent. 

As a not-for-profit organization, the development of new programs and services is driven by the needs of the population NJFFB serves.  15 students participated in the pilot program and an additional 47 individuals signed up for device demonstrations and training in the spring! 

This mainstream technology has become an integral component of NJFFB’s entire continuum of programs.  Ideally, every student who receives this type of training should have a device of their own, via a grant, the help of a major donor, or their own means.  Support from NJ Lions Clubs this year would help provide training and devices for students in the NJFFB iSee classes. 

For information on NJFFB programs or attending a device demonstration, contact NJFFB program department at 973-627-0055, Ext. 312 or visit www.njffb.org. Become a friend on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news. NJ Foundation for the Blind (aka Diamond Spring Lodge) is a state-approved sight project of the NJ Lions