Computers for the Blind is pleased to announce its 25th year anniversary.Computers for the Blind (CFTB), which was formerly The Texas Center for the Visually Challenged, is a volunteer organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired. It is our hope that each person who is visually impaired may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner. We believe technology opens new worlds and creates opportunity for greater personal freedom.
The process starts with the donation of used computers. A group of dedicated volunteers refurbishes each computer by wiping the hard drive clean and installing special software including a screen reader and a voice synthesizer so text may be read aloud. Screen magnification software is also installed for those that need a larger size font. Additionally, e-mail and word processing programs are included as part of the software library.
Any person with a visual impairment who is serious about using a computer and is willing to commit to the learning process is eligible to receive a computer.
Bob Langford, founder of Computers for the Blind, stated "learning the computer is a lot of work and takes real dedication. For those like me who put the effort into it, itís a tremendous miracle.""