learn / 2016

Connection Pointe – Technology Education Tools for Blind Teachers and Students

Connection Pointe – Technology Education Tools for Blind Teachers and Students

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Braille Institute of America

We will create a fully accessible iPad application that will guide blind and visually impaired users through our digital literacy curriculum.


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Braille Institute of America, EG Technologies - Technology and Software Developer

Please describe your project proposal.

We will development and deploy a tablet-based, fully accessible digital curriculum tool that allows our visually impaired instructors to effectively teach digital literacy skills to our blind students in one-on-one and group settings.

Which of the learn metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Student education pipeline

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to learn?

The demand for technology instruction, especially instruction for the visually impaired, is growing rapidly as the baby boomer population continues to age. These services are both specialized and usually very expensive. We have developed a technology education environment that employs visually impaired instructors to provide technology instruction to other visually impaired technology users. By providing our instructors with an accessible, tablet-based instruction tool our instructors will more efficiently handle their client load, provide more effective instruction and move their students through the curriculum more effectively – providing more students with this free, one-on-one service.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

We will define success through the numbers of students that we are able to service and the increase in the number of students that complete one or more of our digital curriculum. We also hope to provide our alumni instructors with a version of this software that will allow them to provide similar services in their local community.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Advisors/board members
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Network/relationship support