Getting Started

A Message from our Director 

Karen Gourgey, CCVIP Director

Welcome to CCVIP! We invite you to browse this catalog and seriously consider signing up to enhance your skills on the computer or digital device in a college environment that supports lifelong learning.

Placement services are now available: if you are ready to find your next job or your first job, CCVIP is ready to serve you.

We have launched a rigorous ten-week college-level course in Electronic Health Records Management. Successful graduates will be offered internships that could lead to permanent employment.

Build your skills with our courses and seminars in the Microsoft Suite and on the Mac; check out our seminars on social media or new this semester, how to use Google Calendar.

Interested in learning the iPad, but need to go at your own pace and in your own time frame? Check out our online iPad course; much of it easily transferable to the iPhone.

If you’re a company or organization, why not let us check out your website to ensure that it is truly useable by people who are blind or visually impaired. We also offer scripting services if your software is difficult for an employee with vision loss to use.

Finally, if you or an organization you know needs documents in braille, take advantage of our braille production service; it’s accurate, affordable and fast.

For information on any of the above, please call us!

We are your partner, as you learn to "access technology, so you can access the world."

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 Understanding Windows Concepts and 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 9/2 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 10/7 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 11/4 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 12/2 1:30PM-3:30PM

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