About CCVIP

Mission Statement

The mission of the CCVIP is to increase the freedom, independence, and productivity of people who are blind or visually impaired through the power of digital technology. We accomplish this through training, applied research, product testing and development, and community awareness initiatives.

History

The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP), established in 1978 at Baruch College, CUNY, was one of the first organizations to use computers to help equalize opportunities for people with severe visual impairments. For over 30 years, CCVIP has used computers equipped with the latest assistive technology: speech synthesizers, print enlargement, and braille printers - to help visually impaired people achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.

CCVIP offers a range of challenging non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users. The Center provides information and training on assistive computer technology for professionals and the business community, and conducts research to explore innovative ways of using the computer to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people.

CCVIP programs and services are supported by the technical resources of the Baruch College Computing and Technology Center, the largest facility of its kind within the City University of New York. CCVIP maintains accessible offices, computer laboratory areas, and a specially-equipped microcomputer classroom which features a range of adaptive systems and software within a networked environment.

In 1996, CCVIP became part of the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies at Baruch College, offering computer courses with a difference. Our courses in Windows, Word, Excel, Internet and others, feature assistive technology that allows these popular packages to be used by people who have trouble reading the standard screen. A maximum of nine people may enroll in a course; each course is taught by an experienced instructor, assisted by tutors. The environment is ideal for anyone who would like to move at a slightly slower pace, or who would appreciate extra individual attention.

Funders

CCVIP gratefully acknowledges the support of the following:

Allene Reuss Memorial Trust

Lavelle Fund for the Blind

The New York Community Trust

Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation

Accolades & Awards

Louis Braille Touch of Genius Award, National Braille Press, Boston, MA, October, 2007

Laureate in Technology, Microsoft Education Award, Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA, November 2004.

Distinguished Service Award, Comptroller, City of of New York, November 2004