DARS Division for Blind Services Training Program

The Organization

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Blind Services is a division of a state agency dedicated to ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue full and productive lives. The commission offers a large number of programs and services aimed at providing support to people who are visually impaired in order for them to enjoy equal employment and growth opportunities.

The Opportunity

DARS approached MicroAssist Inc., the only training center in Austin, TX capable of meeting such unique requirements, to train its employees in Microsoft Access and its various applications.

The Challenges

Training students that are visually impaired, either completely or partially, presented in itself a great challenge. In addition, Access and its applications are not necessarily designed for such an audience. MicroAssist met the challenge by customizing its teaching methods and employing innovative approaches.

The Solution

MicroAssist developed customized classes that focused solely on using Access and creating sound databases, the same focus that all our Access courses have. Keeping in mind the unique needs of the client, two types of Assistive Technology(AT) were used. The first is