Assistive Technology


The Assistive Technology (AT) Center at the California School for the Blind provides assessment and instruction to students with visual impairments on campus and throughout the state of California. Trainings and workshops are provided to educators, students, and their families on technology and educational topics through requests and conferences. The highly skilled assistive technology specialists continually develop curriculum to reflect the changing technology and the demands of current educational needs. In addition to expertise in assistive technology, our teachers have backgrounds in higher education with an emphasis in visual impairment including TVI, Rehabilitation, and Orientation & Mobility.

Assessment

Assessments are conducted on newly enrolled students at CSB as well as during triennial evaluations. In addition, teachers of the visually impaired or other school personnel from LEAs across the state can request a technology assessment for a visually impaired student. Requests can be made online using the Outreach Application External link opens in new window or tab. or by contacting any of the members of the Assistive Technology Team at CSB.

Instruction

The Assistive Technology Team provides instruction in the following areas:

  • Screen reading software
  • Magnification software
  • BrailleNote takers
  • Smart phones & tablets
  • Optical character recognition software
  • Internet navigation
  • Accessing mainstream technology and software
  • Electronic braille displays
  • etc.

Training

The Assistive Technology Team provides trainings and support for teachers, students, and families on campus and throughout the state on a wide variety of topics. Assistive technology guides are continually being created and updated and are available on the Curricula & How-To Guides web page or contact any of the members of the Assistive Technology Team.

  • Assistive Technology Overview Presentation
    On August 8, 2018 the Assistive Technology (AT) team from the California School for the Blind presented "An Overview of Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments" to Santa Clara County staff.

Assistive Technology Staff

Veronica Gunn
Veronica Gunn, MA
Assistive Technology Specialist,
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
vgunn@csb-cde.ca.gov
510-936-5507

 

Yurika Vu
Vanessa Herndon
Assistive Technology Teacher,
Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
vherndon@csb-cde.ca.gov
510-936-5661

 

Scott Jaffray
Scott Jaffray, MA
Assistive Technology Specialist,
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
sjaffray@csb-cde.ca.gov
510-936-5635

 

Barbara Pickney
Barbara Pickney
Teaching Assistant, Keyboarding Specialist
bpickney@csb-cde.ca.gov

 

Yurika Vu
Yurika Vu, MA
Assistive Technology Coordinator,
Orientation & Mobility Specialist
yvu@csb-cde.ca.gov
510-936-5525