Baruch College Offers Online Courses for People with Visual Impairment

The Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) has teamed with CANnect to offer online learning for people with visual impairments. CANnect comprises a group of schools and philanthropists who are building a leading online educational program. Member schools are now testing pilot courses, and some courses are also available in the workplace.

As online courses rise in popularity at schools across the country, the new courses allow people who are blind or visually impaired to take courses that would otherwise be inaccessible. In the courses, graphics and other visual elements are paired with descriptive text, and the online pages are designed for easy use for people with visual impairments. The unemployment rate among blind people is 70 percent, and CANnect spokespeople say online learning makes helps to make crucial education more accessible.

The Baruch College CCVIP now offers four online courses through CANnect, including accessible GPS and iPhone applications for people with visual impairments. Course also offer instruction in how to increase the size of icons, text, and images on desktop computer screens. Another course uses VoiceOver to teach students how to use an iPad.

Craig Wolfson, an associate partner at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, is a board member of the Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People.

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