Who we serve
The AT team serves students with visual impairments on campus and throughout the state of California. We offer services to districts, vision professionals, Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and families on request, through conferences, or through training.
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
In addition to expertise in assistive technology, our teachers have backgrounds in higher education with an emphasis in visual impairment including Teachers for the Visually Impaired (TVI), Rehabilitation, and Orientation & Mobility.
The AT team conducts technology assessments for all potential students during their Assessment of Suitability of Placement period, by performing a series of observations, file reviews, interviews, diagnostic tests, and device trials. Ongoing assessment for CSB's current students takes place through classroom observations and instruction, collaboration with the educational team, triennial assessments, and through individual instruction.
Off-Campus Outreach and Assessments
The AT team provides training and support for teachers, students, and families on campus and throughout the state on a wide variety of topics. A student's teacher for the visually impaired (TVI) can request an assistive technology assessment, which involves an AT Center team member conducting interviews, observations, providing collaborative consultation to the team, and preparing a series of technology recommendations. You can make outreach requests through signing up on our Outreach Application Form (Google Form).
The team at the CSB AT Lab provides online, on campus, and off campus training opportunities for TVI's and students with a visual impairment throughout the state of California on a wide variety of assistive technology topics. A TVI can have their student follow an online course of lessons on the Screen Reader Training (SRT) website teaching the use of screen readers such as JAWS and VoiceOver on iOS, or plan with us a customized in person training taking place on the CSB campus or in your home district. On a custom training, the AT team prepares a one day series of interactive lessons and activities to introduce, familiarize, or refine a team's skills with a particular device, program, or application. Previous workshops offered by the AT team have included Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Job Access with Speech (JAWS) beginning and intermediate, iOS VoiceOver, Coding, braille note, Google Suite, etc. Subscribe to the Braille n Teach listserv or check the CSB homepage for current and future offerings. Please fill out the Outreach Application Form (Google Form) to make training requests.
CSB offers week-long Short Courses throughout the school year. Previous Short Courses offered by the AT team have included the Braille Short Course, Google Short Course, and the iPad Short Course. You can find our current offerings on the Short Course Website.
TVI's can make requests to borrow devices for a period of up to 60 days to trial devices with students to aid in determining the most appropriate devices for students, and while devices are being repaired. Devices available include, braille displays, braille notetakers, embossers, etc. Please fill out our Lending Library Form
(Google Form) to make requests.
Training Materials and Resources
- Curricula & How-To Guides
- Google Suite with assistive technology (Video; 1:01:10)
- CSB YouTube channel -under "Virtual Learning" where you can find a catalogue of Assistive Technology discussions.
News & Recognitions
- Apple Day with CBS TV Network's Mission Unstoppable (Video)
CSB partnered with Apple to host a coding day camp for students during Computer Science Education Week. The video is featured on CBS online.
Assistive Technology Staff
Want to join our team? Please visit our Jobs and Exam Announcements page for any open positions.
- White Cane Day
If you are planning to visit us on White Cane Day, please fill out the White Cane Day Visitor Form (Google Form) by Friday, Septermber 29th in order to be guaranteed a free lunch and a chance to order t-shirts. Fill out the T-Shirt Order Form (Google Form) to pre-order for a t-shirt.
- Day of Code
Monday, December 4th, from 9:00AM-3:00PM; Lunch provided.
- General Tours
Please fill out the Google Form if you are interested in attending any of our General Tour days. General Tours are available on these days:
- Friday, August 25, 2023 from 10:00AM-11:00AM
- Monday, September 18, 2023 from 3:30PM-4:30PM
- Tuesday, October 17 from 1:00PM-2:00PM
- Summer Academies
Starting June 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2023
- Registration Forms