At The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., the Computer Training Program (CTP) exists to increase and support independence, self-sufficiency, and upward mobility in the workplace for blind adults through appropriate training and access to computer technology. In order for our employees to succeed in the workplace we provide comprehensive training and support. This support and training provides increased access for blind and visually impaired employees, and increases the opportunity for upward mobility in the workplace.
The CTP provides instruction in assistive and mainstream technologies to blind and visually impaired employees at Seattle Lighthouse. Computer training instructors provide individualized training to blind and visually impaired employees to support opportunities for upward mobility in the workplace, increased personal independence, and increased technological literacy. Areas of concentration include keyboarding, computer programs, email, the Internet, and the technology that makes computers accessible to blind users. These include JAWS for Windows screenreading software, ZoomText screen enlargement software and Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel and Internet Explorer. CTP course terms are nine weeks, and can be extended if it is determined necessary by the student and instructor. The Lighthouse encourages employees to take advantage of trainings available in the CTP, with employees able to engage in training three hours a week during paid work time. CTP courses are provided to employees free-of-charge.