The Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT) is a federally funded project providing technology directly to students who are visually impaired. The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and APH have collaborated to make assistive technology devices available to TVIs and to students who are blind or low vision. Training is also available to teachers working with students who are blind or low vision as well as students themselves as requested - all at no cost. Type of equipment and training is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Who Can Qualify?
TVIs and students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
- TVIs may qualify to receive technology for demonstration purposes!
- Students Pre-k through 21 years old on a case-by-case basis
Technology provided is owned by the student
- Technology is not "loaned" - it belongs to the student
- If the student moves to another district or out of state, the technology goes with the student
What Technology is Available?
- Must be "technology" available through APH (not paper or other supplies)
- "Technology" includes refreshable braille displays, smart braille, Matt Connect, Jupiter, Braille Buzz, etc.
- "Technology" does not have to be on quota funds
- AIDB staff provides the training
Trainings can be virtual or face-to-face
- Staff travels to the student's school or home
- Training is available directly for the student and/or family members, TVI or anyone working with the child
- Training is not "one-and-done", meaning if the student can receive multiple sessions as needed
- Lisa Bonner, Center for Assistive Technology Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Susie Thomas, Center for Assistive Technology Specialist - email@example.com
- Jill Dunaway, Center for Assistive Technology Specialist - firstname.lastname@example.org