Who We Are
Computers for the Blind started in 1995 as the Texas Center for the Phisically Impaired by Robert Langford. Robert found great advantages of having a computer with accessibility technology and wanted to share with those with visual impairments. He started the efforts in his home with a couple friends, but when it grew beyond that, a friend, John Austin, moved the operation to his airplane hanger so they could have more room. Later they moved the operation to a church in Dallas where they stayed for a few years until they needed more room and moved to Richardson, where CFTB is based today. We receive donated computers and other parts and refurbish them. We then set up accessibility software that is customized to our consumers and other software that helps them navigate the computers. We have provided over 15000 computers since we started in 1995 and don't plan to slow down!
The mission of Computers for the Blind is to open the world of information technology to persons who are blind or visually impaired by providing computer equipment, software and training.
CFTB is a 501(c)(3) organization and is approved as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. More details are available to the public at GuideStar.Org.
Vision & Values
It is our hope that all with a visual impairment may experience the technology in a positive and productive manner.
Specifically we want to enable:
- Ability to independently manage personal affairs.
- Access to communication with others.
- A learning environment where information is just a click away.
- Employment opportunities by developing knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.
Bob Langford was blinded in an accident at age 16. Instead of quitting, he worked hard to achieve many things. He graduated from high school, then continued until he earned a Doctorate's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Later in life, Bob received his first computer and discovered how computers could overcome many obstacles. He wanted to share this gift with others with visual impairments, so with the help from some close friends, he began to find computers to give out. His efforts started what would become Computers for the Blind. To this day, we strive to uphold Bob's values and continue to fulfil his dream of opening the world of technology to persons who are blind.
Computers for the Blind has a volunteer Board of Directors that help us fulfill our mission, as well as a team of staff members that work hard to make sure our consumers have the best experience. We are grateful for the experience they bring to our organization, and the leadership they provide. If you are interested in administrative level volunteering opportunities, please contact our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.