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Adaptive Technology

South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind offers life-changing rehabilitative services to both its employees and others in the community who are blind or visually impaired, including consumers of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services – Division for Blind Services (DARS-DBS). Our training provides students the opportunity to take classes locally and close to home so they do not have to go out of town to learn new skills. Our Adaptive Technology classes can open up a brand new world for someone with a visual impairment by teaching them how to use a computer.

Vision loss does not have to be a roadblock to modern technology. Advances in adaptive software have opened the doors for people who are blind or visually impaired to use computers for work, school, and leisure. The Adaptive Technology Department at South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind offers a variety of adaptive software classes for those with low vision to complete blindness.

Talking Typing Teacher

The first step in learning how to use a computer is knowing how to type. Talking Typing Teacher uses digitized human speech to narrate the entire program. The software features complete interaction with both sound and full-color animations. Lessons consist of verbal and displayed instructions and fun practice drills. Lessons teach and reinforce typing, with careful emphasis on posture and correct typing habits. Constant positive and encouraging reinforcers throughout the entire curriculum make learning fun and exciting. Learning to type has never been easier!


With the new ZoomText 9.1, seeing and hearing everything on your computer is clearer than ever. ZoomText’s xFont magnification displays high-definition text that you'll recognize effortlessly. This innovative software can magnify anything on your screen up to 36 times! With the NeoSpeech synthesizers, applications and documents are read aloud by friendly, human-sounding voices - right through your computer's speakers. And with ZoomText’s productivity tools, finding what you’re looking for is quick and easy.

JAWS (Job Access With Speech)

JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages. With a refreshable Braille display, JAWS can also provide Braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences. JAWS is ideal for those who have complete vision loss or who have very limited vision.

Now computer users who need low vision aids due to macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, or other causes of low vision can take control of Web and software application pages. No longer will you struggle with type that is too small to see and images with indecipherable details. MAGic screen magnification software not only increases the size of what you see on a monitor, but MAGic with Speech also speaks aloud screen contents. MAGic makes school research on the Web less challenging for those with vision loss. It smoothes the way for work projects that involve report writing, spreadsheets, and working with common office-related software. MAGic even makes leisure Web browsing, letter writing, blogging, chatting, and other everyday activities that involve the computer more fun.
Open Book

OpenBook™ converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on your PC using quality speech and the latest optical character two leading text-to-speech software synthesizers, RealSpeak™ Solo (natural, human-sounding voices) or Eloquence (efficient synthesized speech that often is preferred for editing and document skimming).

Hadley School for the Blind
Through Hadley School for the Blind, you can earn your High School diploma and/or participate in Adult Continuing Education classes. The program features academic courses and electives for students who seek to earn a high school diploma. Students can earn high school credit, which is easily transferred to your local schools, or earn a diploma through Hadley.

Hadley School for the Blind also features a long list of continuing education classes. Classes include, but are not limited to:

- Art History: Art of Ancient Egypt
- English Composition
- Mathematics
- Life Science
- American Government
- Braille
- Business Communications
- Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness
- Basic Conversational Spanish

Office 2007
Microsoft Office 2007, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, is essential for any student or professional to know. You can learn how to use all of these programs easily with the skills you have developed in the adaptive software classes.
Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included as part of the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. It is the most widely used web browser. Internet Explorer can be used with adaptive software to allow you to access the Internet and check your e-mail.

For more information on these adaptive technology classes, please contact Teresa Curtiss at 361.883.6553, ext. 172 or drop her an e-mail at

4421 Agnes Street Corpus Christi, TX. 78405 Phone: 361.883.6553
Toll Free 888.255.8011