Train the Trainers

Blog Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This post is a little delayed, but I wanted share with all of you some of the excitement from the Train the Trainers. We filled up the Technology Training Lab with attendees and the back room with shiny toys to show, and off we went. If you want a play by play description of the sessions, check out the #NFBTTT hashtag on Twitter – it was quite a lively affair. For future events, you can look for #NFBAT, which covers anything that relates to Access Technology.

For those of you who are interested, but who could not attend the event, you may find the materials which have now been posted to http://nfb.org/training-the-trainers to be of use. The zip file contains all of the presentation materials used, and a number of additional resources, with the exception of such training materials as would need to be obtained directly from the vendor, as is the case for Triumph Technology’s Mac Academy training. The sessions covered the following topics:

  • Notetakers - Amy Mason, Access Technology Specialist, & Anne Taylor, Director of Access Technology, Jernigan Institute
  • iOS Devices and Accessible Peripherals - Amy Mason & Anne Taylor
  • An Introduction to VoiceOver on the Mac - Earl Harrison, President, Triumph Technology
  • OCR Options – Robert Jaquiss, Access Technology Specialist, Jernigan Institute & Josh Boudreaux, Director of Technology, Louisiana Center for the Blind
  • DAISY Creation Software - Making Electronic Text More Navigable - Varju Luceno, Director of Communications, DAISY Consortium
  • Intro to JAWS Scripting – John Martyn, JAWS Scripting Expert
  • Using Screen Access Software with an Enterprise-class Application - Peter Wallack, Accessibility Program Director, Oracle & Don Mauck, Accessibility Evangelist, Oracle

Based on what we are hearing from participants, we will be doing trainings like this one again, so keep an eye out for it in the upcoming events, the blog and Twitter. All in all, and inevitable technology issues notwithstanding, I would count this a very successful training, as much on account of a terrific group of very well-informed and outspoken attendees, as because of the presentations.

Clara Van Gerven