A Walk Through the Building: Technology

Technology opens a window of greater independence to the child who is blind or visually impaired.

With a specially adapted computer, students can explore the rain forests of South America, make history come alive by hearing Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered from the steps of our nation’s capital, learn about the world around them by reading current events on the Seattle Times newspaper’s web site, express themselves by writing a story, develop good listening skills, convert print into braille and emboss it in raised braille on a braille embosser.

Our state-of-the-art accessible computer will be equipped with software that makes the computer speak what the sighted person sees on the monitor, magnification software for low vision users, an 80-cell refreshable braille display, braille software, a braille embosser, a printer, scanning software and a scanner.

Intellikeys is a program that uses special software and a touch sensitive panel that is connected to a computer to interact with the user. Using Intellikeys and our own voices, we can custom-design tactile interactive lessons and games in a near-endless number of subjects to meet the needs of each student.