Getting Started

A Message from our Director 

Karen Gourgey, Ed.D., Director, CCVIP

Greetings, from the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College. On this website you will find all course and seminar information scheduled through June of 2014. It also alerts you to free events such as our Open Houses and Demo Center presentations.

If you aren’t sure what all the talk of computers and assistive technology has to do with you or your life, come to an Open House at 1:30 the first Wednesday of any month. Our top notch staff will introduce you to our courses and the technology that makes life and work easier for all of us who have no or low vision. Register any time by calling Madelyn Guilbeault at 646-312-1427. If you would rather talk one-on-one, call Gus Chalkias of CCVIP’s Demonstration Center at 646-312-1422 for an individual appointment.

Whether your visual impairment is recent or long-standing, at the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, we’ll help you “access your computer, so that you can access the world.” Browse through our course offerings; don’t see something you want, ask about our one-on-one training opportunities.

If you’re a home computer user and would like an introduction to Google, Gmail or Microsoft Word, call to schedule an appointment here at CCVIP with one of our excellent instructors - 646-312-1420.

If you’re a job seeker, consider the Career Checkup or Career Exploration and Job Search course. Interested in starting your own business? Come to one of our workshops entitled “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?” Get an idea of what’s involved and whether it’s something you really want to pursue.

If you’re working and having problems with software accessibility, check out our Scripting Service. If your favorite Web sites are getting you down, let the owners know about CCVIP’s Web Usability Testing service. Need materials Brailled? Take advantage of our fast and affordable Braille production service. If you want to learn how to use your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or an Android device, we can help.

See you on Facebook, Twitter, or face to face at CCVIP.

Karen Luxton Gourgey Ed.D., Director

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About CCVIP Instructional Services

Our instructional staff includes teachers and tutors who are available during class and scheduled computer labs to provide support and training. 

Our classes have a maximum of nine students. We provide class material in large print, Braille, or on a thumb drive depending on the needs of each student. 

Classes and Seminars are also available upon request, as is individualized instruction, so please let us know if you don’t see something you want; we may be able to offer it if we have enough interested students.  Call Judith Gerber at 646-312-1420.

Using Word: Level 2 class in session

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Enrollment Information

Tuition assistance: We encourage you to call us to determine your eligibility for lower fee courses.

Seminar Payment: Full payment is due one week prior to the seminar date. However, payment is your registration, which is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Payment: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in a course. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the course.

Seminar Refunds: Seminar fees are fully refundable one week before the seminar date. There is a $15 penalty for refunds requested less than one week in advance of the seminar.

Course Refunds: Course refunds must be requested in writing. Requests postmarked prior to the first class will qualify for the full course fee, less a $50 registration fee. Requests postmarked prior to the second day of class will be for 50% of the full course fee, less a $50 registration fee. If we must cancel a class, the full course fee will be refunded.

Contact: Please call Judith Gerber for entrance requirements, registration or classes and seminars, and fees at (646) 312-1420.

Please let us know if you’d like to receive CCVIP course announcements and updates via regular mail in Braille or large print, or via e-mail.

Courses are subject to change or cancellation.

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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

Students may mix and match any three courses in Microsoft business applications, such as Using Excel, Using Word: Level 2 or Using PowerPoint (Excludes Using Word: level 1) . The courses need not be taken within the same semester.  Upon completion of three courses with at least a B+ average in each course, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

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Assistive Technology

CCVIP uses screen reading and large print software in all classes, depending on the preference and need of the student. These Assistive technologies are taught in each class; from the basics in Windows/Word, to more advanced features in our more advanced classes, such as MS Access. We feature JAWS or Window-Eyes screen readers, and ZoomText or Magic (with and without speech) large print software.

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CCVIP Learning Lab

CCVIP's Learning Lab provides independent computer users and current CCVIP students an opportunity to practice and hone their skills. Staff is available to supervise the classroom and provide tutorials and course materials. The Learning Lab is equipped with an array of assistive technology designed to meet students' needs and preferences. For information call (646) 312-1420.


If you have taken and successfully completed classes with us you are eligible. For New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) clients who have not taken classes at CCVIP, your CBVH counselor must refer you to take a hands-on assessment test to determine eligibility. For further information on the requirements for the Learning Lab, please contact Judith Gerber at (646) 312-1420 or email her at

Student and guide dog leaving classroom


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Teacher/Organization Staff Training

CCVIP has trained New York City and State Board of Education teachers, and personnel from various organizations in how to use access technology with Windows applications. If your organization wishes orientation in access technology in the Windows environment, or training for trainers of visually impaired clients, students, or employees, please call Judith Gerber at (646) 312-1420. We would be happy to work with you on a consultant basis.

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Open House

Free Open House

Join us for a hands-on demonstration of computers equipped with large-print and screen reading (synthetic voice) software. See our training facilities and meet with instructors and staff. Held the first Wednesday of the month. Phone reservation required: 646-312-1420. 

Japanese guests at CCVIP's Open House. With CCVIP staff members: Maria Rios, Lynnette Tatum, Madelyn Guilbeault and Judith Gerber


Day Date Time
Wednesday   12/3 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday   1/7 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday   2/4 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 4/1 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 5/6 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 6/3 1:30PM-3:30PM

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