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Baruch College, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Baruch College, Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP)
151 East 25th Street
6th floor
New York, NY 10010
(646) 312-1420 (Local)
(646) 312-1421 (Fax)

Brief Description

The CCVIP operates as part of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) within Baruch College, one of the colleges of the City University of New York.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; classes are also be offered evenings and Saturdays.
Clients served on average per year: 200
Staff description: 2 full-time staff, part-time tutorial and instructional staff
Geographic area served: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Publications: A Practical Guide to Accommodating People with Visual Impairments in the Workplace; semi-annual Course Catalogs;


Judith Gerber, Operations Manager, CCVIP, (646) 312-1420,
Karen Gourgey, Director, (646) 312-1420,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Free Demo Center Workshops of accessible devices are offered to the low and no-vision community in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area throughout the year, conveniently scheduled in the afternoons and evenings and available throught the CCVIP YouTube channel following each event.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Newsletters, directories, course materials, menus and other short documents.

      Provides classroom materials in large print, braille or audio, depending on the needs of the student.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Full range of computer training courses with appropriate assistive technology. Provides a monthly open house that features a hands-on demonstration of computers equipped with large-print and screen reading (synthetic speech) software. Offers entrance seminars to help students to assess their skills and select appropriate courses.

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • CCVIP welcomes qualified children aged 10+ into our programs. CCVIP has created an environment where people can come and experience the various types of assistive technologies that are available to people with vision impairments. The Demo Center takes individual appointments to look at what devices or software would best meet your needs. We also offer guidance and support if you are not sure what services or products would be most helpful to you.

      Also offers Career/College Computer Skills Check-Up in which individuals strengths are evaluated to detect training deficits with a comprehensive assessment of Windows, Word, Internet, PowerPoint, Access and Excel skills. For the CCVIP Check-Up, a student will perform a series of tasks at the computer.

      Developed by CCVIP staff, these tests yield a detailed summary of strengths and weaknesses. With this information, we can help students identify further training needs or make recommendations for college or job placement services.

      CCVIP teaches classes and individualized training in Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; email and Surfing the Internet with large print and screen reading software. For individuals who need more basic skills, we offer keyboarding, and Basic seminars.

      We now offer iProduct training, such as iPhone and iPad using VoiceOver speech technology built into the products. Mac training is also available in small group sessions or individualized instruction, using VoiceOver for people who need a screen reader, or Zoom for people who use large print.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultations to identify most appropriate assistive technologies for customer needs.Provides web accessibility and usability testing on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Professional Training
    • Trains teachers and personnel of organizations serving visually impaired people in how to use assistive technology.
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