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Tech User Group

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Where: 2500 El Camino Real Suite 100 office.
Who: Ian with Access Ingenuity

Please respond and let us know if you will be attending.

Son Kim
Assistive Technology Specialist
650-858-0202 XT. 180

Palo Alto Conference Room
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2500 El Camino Real, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA 94306            



Assistive Training at Vista Center
A Path to Independence

Do you struggle with using your smartphone?  Is it difficult to read print?  Have you heard the term assistive technology and don’t know what it is and how it can help you?

Vista Center can help answer these questions and more!

What is Assistive Technology? 
Assistive technology is a modification or enhancement to a device that allows people with a visual impairment to perform tasks independently. Learning a new topic or skill can be daunting. Vista Center offers simple step-by-step instructions and a training specialist to guide you in a supportive environment. We offer a variety of solutions to fit your specific needs.

Technology Lab Days
Free one hour session

Explore the newest devices: So many new devices on the market, such as smartphones, tablets and
e-readers, are available with assistive technology installed. Try out the scanning tools that will allow you to either hear what is on your screen or enlarge the text on your screen. 
The Tech Lab is a free one-on-one session designed to demonstrate a variety of devices and help you make decisions about selecting the best option in a supportive setting. 

Individual Assistive Training Sessions
$85.00 per hour

You may prefer a one-on-one training session at our Palo Alto office with our Technology Specialist to learn exactly what you need to know. Topics include using your personal computer with the latest assistive software including ZoomText, Magic, JAWS, MS Office with Assistive Technology and Internet Explorer with Assistive Technology.  Individual instruction on the latest Apple IOS and Android devices is also available.

Group Assistive Training Workshops
$25.00 per session

We offer periodic training workshops designed to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced skills for Android and Apple IOS devices, including iPhone, iTouch, iPad and iPod. Learn in step-by-step format how to get the most out of the built-in assistive technology features.

Another Slice of APPle Pie – San Jose Monthly Tech Group

Join San Jose’s venerable, one and only, Ernie Molina for our famous, fantastic, and free monthly seminars on accessible technology, new apps, and more. See you all there!

Upcoming Dates:

Friday,          JUNE 19              10 AM to 11 AM

Another Slice of APPle Pie, May 15, 2020 (64 mins, 25mb)

Ernie Molina shared an informative overview and review of the new Apple iPhone SE 2 by Jonathan Mosen, who is a radio host, is blind, and is known for his podcasts. iPhone tips and tricks were also shared, followed by Q&A.

Another Slice of APPle Pie, April 17, 2020

Apple Pie Presentation on April 17, 2020 at Vista Center San Jose Office. The speaker was Ernie Molina , Accessible Technology Specialist . The topics covered were Apple iPhone features; Magnifier , Blocking Emails, and blocking callers.

Overview of Medi-Cal & Social Security updates for CoVid-19 April 22 2020

APPlePie Archives

Another Slice of APPle Pie, May, 17, 2019

Another Slice of APPle Pie, April 19, 2019

Another Slice of APPle Pie, September, 2019


Please RSVP by the Wednesday before the session to 408-295-4016.

Concierge Training at Your Home
$175.00 per hour

If you are a busy professional, or prefer individualized instruction in your home, we offer a premier option that will include personalized assessment of your training needs and equipment, one-on-one instruction on your personal computer using assistive technology software, and teaching you how to use other devices effectively. We will help you to select applications that suit your needs and offer training on them. Follow-up services are offered to verify you have mastered the skills you need.

Technology User Group

Are you interested in meeting with others who are learning about current assistive technology options?  Do you enjoy discussing tips and tricks with like-minded people? Then join our free Tech User Group.  Meetings are scheduled once a month in our Palo Alto office. Learn from speakers from assistive tech companies and be in the know about what is new. 

To discuss your needs, schedule training, or to join our Technology User Group, please call our Technology Department at (650) 858-0202 ext. 180. Let the learning begin!

Vista TEC 2019

Vista Center’s Technology Education Conference

Saturday, September 28, 2019 
9:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Host: UCSC Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

About the Conference 

Vista Center’s annual conference provides a platform for assistive technology users, tech researchers, and software developers, along with friends and family of our blind and visually impaired community, to collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss best practices in the field of technology accessibility.

Our conference creates a collaborate environment for all participants who are interested in leveling the playing field – for gainful employment, performing daily living tasks – for a more current, competent, and connected future.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Meta Townsley
Vista TEC Sponsorships

Learn more about our Technology Education Conference at 

Tech User Group Archives

March 2018, Tech User Group audio Make Facebook Work for You, Presented by: Matt King, an accessibility specialist on the Facebook accessibility engineering team.

February 2015, Tech User Group audio (Interactive presentation on Audio Description, presented by Susan Glass)

January 2015, Tech User Group audio (Cross-cultural, comparative perspectives of visually impaired people working in or studying sciences or other technical fields. Speakers: Kartik Sawhney and Sudha Rajagopalan)

Access Technology Lab Day

Are you wondering what types of access technologyVictor reader stream
are available for individuals who have low vision or
are blind?

These questions and many more can be answered on Access
Technology Lab Day! You will have the opportunity to try out theibill reader
latest access technology products in a one-on-one format. See
list below for the products you can try out.

_ Victor Reader Stream - Digital Media device
_ iPad
_ ID Summit - Talking barcode reader
_ Victor Reader Trek - Talking Handheld GPS device
_ Pen Friend - Talking identification labelerID Summit barcode reader
_ Open Book with Pearl - Talking OCR and document scanning software along with Pearl dedicated digital camera
For more information or to sign up for a time slot, please contact 650-858-0202 extension 180 or




Tech Tools Available for Demos and Training

Vista Center has a range of technology tools, from high tech to low tech, available for demonstration. To schedule a demo please call 650-858-0202 and enter the extension next to the headings below.

We now have an iMac computer available for individual demonstrations and lessons using Voice Over and Zoom.  We also have an iPad for demonstrations using Voice Over and Zoom.  Please contact Jan McKinley at 650-858-0202 ext. 185 to arrange an appointment for iMac or iPad demos or lessons.



Tech Lab (ext. 123)

Intel Reader, portable docking station Talking camera scanning device
Intel Reader, portable capture station
Camera docking station
Victor Reader Trek Digital book player
Pen Friend Talking label identifier
iBill Talking bill identifier
ID Mate Summit Talking barcode reader
Plextalk PTP 1 Talking digital recorder
Pearl Talking camera uses Openbook
iPad with Voiceover
Kindle Low vision book reader
Trekker Breeze Talking portable GPS
Macintosh Desktop iMac with Voiceover
Magic keyboard Keyboard for use with Magic software

Store (ext. 135)

Pebble portable video magnifier
Eye-C portable video magnifier
Looky Plus portable video magnifier
Aukey portable video magnifier

Low Vision Clinic (ext. 137)

CCTV's: Screen Size
Merlin  24 in
Topaz XL-HD 22 in.
Merlin  22 in
Lifestyle HD 22 in
Lifestyle Non-HD 22 in
Clearview HD 22 in
Clearview non-HD 22 in
Merlin  19 in.
Lifestyle HD 19 in.
Lifestyle non-HD 19 in.
Clearview HD 19 in.
Clearview non-HD 19 in.
Acrobat  19 in.
Merlin  17 in.
Magni Link Zip 17 in.
Portable Video Magnifiers Screen Size
Pebble ** (store) 4.3 in
Eye-C ** (store) 4.3 in
I-LoView (clinic) 4.3 in
Amigo (clinic) 6.5 in
Sapphire (clinic) 7 in.
Speech Reader:  
Intel Reader
Intel Reader dock
Intel Reader + dock

Magnification and other types of Mice (ext 137)

Prisma- Basic 
JB Bliss Low Vision Systems-Software  E-mail, internet, scanning and reading printed text and pictures.
Magnifying mouse Magnification
B/W Max Mouse 15x-28x
Color Max  15x-28x (Box says up to 30x)
optogon mouse up to 20x (on 20'' monitor) up to 70x (digitally)

The 4th Visually Impaired Persons Technology
Users Conference (VIPTUC) hosted by Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Fenwick & West LLP
801 California Street
Mountain View, CA 94043

This FREE conference was held for individuals who use smart phones
or those interested in learning about the benefits of smart
phones and applications.

 Adaptive Sports Technology for the Blind Athlete
Presented by Walt Raineri, IOS Power User

 There’s an App for That!
Panel discussion given by Vista Center’s Technology Team

 Meet Alexa Your Personal Assistant
Presented by Ernie Molina, SCVBC Access Technology

VIPTUC 2017 Flyer


VIPTUC 2015 Flyer

Tips and Tricks for Using Technology to the Max
Presented by Gerry Boyadjieff, Access Technology Specialist

Tips and Tricks (MS Word)

Tips and Tricks (PDF)

Tips and Tricks Phone Numbers and Links

The phone number for Comcast Accessibility is
The link to the Comcast Accessibility page is
The videos on the Comcast web site do a good job of describing how to setup and use Comcast’s new X1 cable box accessibility features.

The phone number for the Braille & Talking Book Library is
The link for the National Library Service for the Blind NLS is

The phone number for Apple Accessibility Support is
The link to Apple Accessibility web page is

Accessible home phomes are available for free from CTAP.
CTAP - California Telephone Access Program
The link to the CTAP page is
Note that there is a CTAP office in San Jose and San Franciso and both are open 2 days a month.


Latest Android Accessibility Features for Smartphones and Tablets A presentation by Charles Chen and Casey Burkhardt, Google Accessibility Team Engineers

A Day in the Life of a Voice Over User Demos of iPhone Apps Using Voice Over presented by Walter Raineri, IOS Power User

Changing the Game (Damian Pickering, Humanware)

2010 Visually Impaired Person Technology User Conference (VIPTUC)

Vista Center was proud to sponsor the very first Visually Impaired Technology Users Conferernce, free for those interested in learning about cutting edge technologies being incorporated in the latest smart phones, and how that technology was made accessible to the those who are blind or visually impaired.

Conference Introduction - Walt Raineri (MP3)

VIP TUC Google Presentation, Charles Chen (MP3)

VIP TUC Samsung Presentation, Martin Tannerfors (MP3)

VIP TUC 2010 Keynote (MP3)

Resources is operated by Bill Huber and is focused on enabling those with vision impairment or blindness to interact much more effectively with the world around them through the use of the Apple iPhone using its VoiceOver feature.

 Accessible Prescription Label Program Free For Blind Americans

Normal, IL  3/15/11 – En-Vision America, Inc. has announced a new program to aid the blind and visually impaired in obtaining accessible prescriptions. Under their Pharmacy Freedom Program, eligible individuals may obtain a free ScripTalk Station patient reader that will allow them to access their prescription label information. Participating pharmacies attach a small RFID label to each prescription, containing all printed information. This provides a safe, private and independent way for the blind and visually impaired to manage their medication regimen, as well as helping pharmacies to comply with ADA regulations in serving their patients. Interested individuals may contact En-Vision America to get their free reader and provide pharmacy details. Pharmacies concerned with meeting the needs of their special needs patients may also contact the company for more information about the program.
ScripTalk Station is a cutting-edge technological solution for prescription medication information access. It has been adopted by the Veteran’s Administration for use in their facilities across the country. ScripTalk utilizes RFID (radio-frequency identification) and TTS (text-to-speech) technologies to allow those that cannot read their prescription labels a way to access the information. It is the only product on the market to provide full label information in a manner that meets ADA, FDCA and HIPAA regulations.
David Raistrick, Vice-President, says “We are pleased to be able to offer this new program to sight impaired folks in the U.S.  Now safety and peace of mind are free for patients when taking potentially dangerous medications!”
En-Vision America, Inc. is a company providing high-tech products aimed at solving problems for those with visual or print impairments. Located in Normal, Illinois, En-Vision America has successfully introduced several voice-enabled products such as i.d. mate Summit, the talking bar code reader, and ScripTalk, the talking pharmaceutical reader. Originally founded by Philip C. and David B. Raistrick in 1996, the cornerstone of the company was based upon one single premise: To provide customers with greater independence through technology.
For additional information contact:
Anna McClure
En-Vision America
1845 Hovey Ave.
Normal, IL 61761
Fax: 309-452-3643

Steve Nakagawa Jersey Dedication

Steve Nakagawa, our former Access Technology Resource Manager, was a dedicated advocate and volunteer at Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. He was fondly remembered during a presentation of a gift, from former board member David Hoffman, to the Access Technology Department. The gift, a framed Sharks’ jersey with Steve’s name imprinted on the back, will be displayed in the Access Technology lab room in honor of his dedication and loyalty to the two organizations he loved the most, Vista Center and the San Jose Sharks.

LeeAnn Nagawa standing in front of Steve Nagagawa's signed Sharks jersey

A Tribute to Steve Nakagawa