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The Advanced Computers class was developed to provide participants with in-depth instruction in the operation of computers using assistive technology, so that the participants will be able to meet the skills needed for employment or academic performance. This is an intense training program, which may require additional practice outside of classroom hours.
Designed to help participants attain their goal of pursuing employment and/or academic interests, this course provides instruction in the use of Microsoft Office with assistive technology, OCRs and other products for the blind. Participants explore word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, Internet access and presentation development.
Overall Goal of Assistive Technology and Computers:
Goals of this program include but are not limited to proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite using JAWS for Windows. Also, participants will be exposed to realistic, vocationally and academically based scenarios, such as writing a college-level term paper, learning the ins and outs of web site accessibility, or creating spreadsheets to display inventory or cash flow for a Business Enterprise Program (BEP) vending stand, in order for them to attain their rehabilitative goals outlined in their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).
Assistive Technology and Computers Skill List:
- Excel with JAWS
- Google Chrome with JAWS
- OCR Technology
- Outlook with JAWS
- PowerPoint with JAWS
- Windows 10 Part 1 with JAWS
- Windows 10 Part 2 with JAWS
- Word with JAWS
It should be noted that before participants can participate in Advanced Computers, they must pass the 122-key keyboarding proficiency test, have a typing speed of 25 words or greater with 95% proficiency, and have successfully completed the skills outlined in the BSBPTC IBCS (Introduction to Basic Computer Skills) checklist. A virtual assessment will be conducted 2 weeks prior to starting the class. Participants must score a minimum of 70% on the assessment to enroll in the Advanced Computer class. Participants who score less than the minimum will be required to take remedial classes.
At the end of the course, participants will demonstrate their computer skills in front of an audience by providing a Power Point presentation on the topic of their vocational goal.