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AIDB's Assistive Technology Services has provided technical support and training to consumers throughout the state of Alabama for over 25 years and is one of the foremost organizations of its kind in the United States. Assistive technology devices and applications not only improve the quality of life for individuals but also empower them to succeed in fields that were once unavailable or unattainable. Our role includes (but is not limited to):

  • Informing the populace of the availability and benefits of assistive devices
  • Helping persons determine what assistive devices best suit their individual needs
  • Training persons in the use of assistive devices
  • Providing on-site technical support to enable consumers to remain continually productive
  • Advocating for and supporting blind consumers in their vocational endeavors

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Welcome to the course on using the Braille Note Touch Plus. This course will walk you through using the device and its many functions. Knowledge of Braille is advised, but not required to use the machine, as speech and visuals are included, as well as a way to turn off accessibility features.
Getting started with Braille Blaster
This tutorial is designed to take users brand-new to DBT through a step-by-step process of producing braille. While you may be tempted to jump around within the tutorial, we encourage you to go through it in sequence -- as each section draws upon information taught in previous sections. For sighted users, we also encourage you to pay close attention to illustrations, as they provide special cues on how to use DBT. For more information on using DBT, you can also check out the User's Guide or the Topical How-To Guide, both of which are available under the DBT "Help" menu. However, the tutorial does give some suggestions which people already familiar with the program may also find useful.

LinkedIn is a popular social network. While other social networks like Facebook and Twitter focus on personal sharing, LinkedIn is all about professional networking—that is, building a group of contacts to help advance your career.

In this course, you will complete the following required online topics. Assignments are included at the end of this topic.

This topic includes 11 modules and a Quiz, all of which must be completed. Topics include: 1. What is the Internet? 2. What Can You Do Online? 3. Connecting to the Internet 4. Understanding the Cloud 5. Using a Web Browser 6. Understanding Hyperlinks 7. Downloading and Uploading 8. Using Search Engines 9. Understanding URLs 10. How to Set Up a Wi10.Fi Network 11. Choosing a Web Browser 12. Quiz

Whether you're new to Windows or just want to brush up on the basics, this tutorial will cover the most important things you'll need to know. We'll show you how to create folders, work with files, adjust settings, and much more.

Windows 10 was released July 29, 2015. Check out these lessons to learn more about Windows 10!

Introduction to Microsoft Windows 8.1

You don't have to know everything to be comfortable with computers. But there is a lot of information that will help you understand why things are the way they are... and how disaster can strike! "Knowledge is power!" So it's to your advantage to gather all the knowledge that you can. Besides which, computers are lots of fun - when they aren't driving you insane!!! The lessons in this Computer Basics section explain a lot of the techno-babble that you hear about computers. The goal is to learn enough that you can follow along as computer technology becomes more and more important in our world. Computer Concepts does not require you to touch a computer, except to read the lessons. Other sections will guide you in actually using a computer, starting with Windows Concepts.

Introduction to Computer Technology

Basic instructions and practice using the mouse. You will be going through the excellent "Mousercise" tutorial developed by Chris Rippel to help you become familiar with basic mouse manipulation.

In this course, you will learn how to use popular Internet browsers to locate information. “Curation” means comparing many choices to find the best information. So not only will you locate information, you will learn to find the best information.
Using Google's Gmail Service

Windows 7

Microsoft Office Excel 2010

Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Office suite, and runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X computer operating systems.

PowerPoint is widely used by business people, educators, students, and trainers and among the most prevalent forms of persuasive technology. Beginning with Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft revised the branding to emphasize PowerPoint's place within the office suite, calling it Microsoft Office PowerPoint instead of just Microsoft PowerPoint. The current versions are Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 for Windows and 2008 for Mac.

Welcome to the Microsoft(R) Outlook with Window-Eyes Tutorial for Beginners.

This tutorial contains introductory information and step-by-step instructions for performing basic Outlook functions while reading the screen with Window-Eyes. The information in this tutorial is limited to that which will help the beginning user get started. It includes brief definitions and explanations about Outlook and how Window-Eyes works with Outlook.

Microsoft Office 2007/2010

Get started quickly! The basics you need to know to use ZoomText.

Screen Magnification basics.

This course will overview the use of the ChromeVox screen reader, used on a Chromebook. Please note: The Chromebook's operating system, ChromeOS, and ChromeVox are continuously updated. This course will attempt to be as up-to-date as possible. If you find any errors, please let your instructor know.
# Introduction This course will teach you how to use AIRA, a service for acquiring sighted assistance using mobile devices, on your iPhone or Android phone, or horizon glasses. We strive to keep this course up-to-date, so it may change or gain new materials.

Welcome to Windows Basics with speech. In this course, you’ll learn to use Windows with a screen reader. This course attempts to accommodate all screen readers currently in common use.

Please note also that this course will be updated from time to time with information pertaining to changes in Windows and screen reader usage.

Minimal PowerPoint with NVDA

Using Microsoft Word for Windows with a screen reader

Using Gmail in standard view with a screen reader

Basic usage of Non-Visual Desktop Access

Using Microsoft PowerPoint with Speech

The Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum contains chapters covering basics such as budgeting and savings as well as more advanced topics like real estate and wealth building. All chapters emphasize behavior change, not just personal finance concepts.

This course was designed for the Moodle School demonstration site as an example of a course optimised for the mobile app.

Introduction to the basics of using Chromebooks (Chrome OS)

Testing course

Introduction to Microsoft Windows 8.1