Blind Vet Tech Team's Mission – Blind Vet Tech

A suspension bridge spans the logo with the acronym BVT in the middle. Beneath the bridge the words Blind Vet Tech appears. The bottom of the logo contains morse code reading TAVVI.

Welcome to the Blind Vet Tech Team.

Mission

Blind Vet Tech increases independence of Veterans with Visual Impairments by empowering the integration of assistive tech and devices into daily life..

Vision:

Based on our own experiences as Veterans with Visual Impairments, we strive to assist our peers adopt various assistive technologies and devices to enhance personal, social, and physical wellbeing. Blind Rehab Centers only equip Veterans with a baseline understanding of the tech available and how to use it. This leaves a significant gap when one returns home, and the assistive tech instructor is no longer available. Blind Vet Tech resolves this barrier by encouraging Veteran participation with their peers in the Blind Vet Tech community through our teleconferences, podcasts, blog, and online discussion groups.

News and Resources

History

During the 2014 Blinded Veterans Association Winter Board Meeting, the assembled board members reviewed a proposal urging the establishment of a committee or working group for technology. The proposal described the advances in this realm, and the potential impacts for Veterans. Until this point, Veterans with visual impairments simply relied on the Department of Veterans Affairs to direct how and what devices Veterans might receive.

Acknowledging that more must be done, the Board agreed to recognize the creation of a special interest group for technology. The Technology Association for Veterans with Visual Impairments (TAVVI) formed in response to this action. However, the BVA’s board of directors expressed very little concern in the outcomes of the group, which consisted of several public demonstrations, our first monthly teleconferencing initiative, and one on one training with blinded Veterans. The lack of support from the Blinded Veterans Association forced the team to disband and reform as the Blind Vet Tech Team. At the current time, we consist of visually impaired Veterans and non-Veterans assisting Veterans with visual impairments learn about and integrate assistive technologies into their lives.

Resources

With so many resources available on the WWW, we will provide various links and resources of interest for consumers and professionals of technology related to blind rehab.

International Association of Accessibility Professionals

G3ICT White paper on e-Accessibility Skills for Professionals

Apple Vis

How To Be Blind

Interested in Joining?

If you are or know of any individual interested in joining TAVIV, feel free to contact us at:

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