Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group to Help Visually Impaired Learn Computer Skills

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group to Help Visually Impaired Learn Computer Skills

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The Seeing Impaired Technology Enthusiasts is offering support for visually impaired people attempting to develop computer job skills.

"We're trying to bring blind people together who have a need to know something about computers. The key emphasis of our group is to acquaint blind persons with what is available," said Vicky Golightly, secretary of the organization.

The organization is a special interest group affiliated with the Oklahoma City IBM PC Users group established more than a year ago to provide information and technical support to visually impaired and handicapped people interested in computer technology. Its members are primarily blind and visually impaired who use computers that have been modified with special adaptive equipment, which may include the use of synthetic speech to read the screen or a special software program to enlarge the print on the monitor.

Since organizing last year, the group has succeeded in getting two six-week night classes for computer literacy and basic computer training conducted at Metro Tech Vocational Technical Center, 1800 Spring Lake, Golightly said.

Members of Seeing Impaired Technology Enthusiasts include blind computer programers, two of whom work for the Federal Aviation Administration, a blind stock broker, and a blind computer systems analyst employed by the City of Tulsa, she said.

The support group hopes to encourage more visually impaired or blind persons to enter the computer technology field and also encourage more employers to hire them, she said. …

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