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EmpowerTech - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

EmpowerTech
9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 338-1597 (Local)
(310) 338-9318 (Fax)
info@empowertech.org
http://empowertech.org/

Staff

JoanElaine Anderson, Executive Director, janderson@empowertech.org
Ismael Herrera, Blind/Low Vision Program Director, (310) 338-1591, iherrera@empowertech.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Offers assistive technology assessments to evaluate what technology options will help the client achieve their individual goals. The assessment, sometimes referred to as an evaluation, is client centered and does not evaluate the individual person, but rather his/her ability to use a particular device or software program. This is a fee-based service and clients may be referred from Regional Center, the Department of Rehabilitation or a school district. Following the Assessment, a written report is provided, offering recommendations on both technology and future training as appropriate for the needs and goals of the particular client.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training and assistance to each client in determining the type of computer, hardware, software and assistive technology that would be most helpful.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Assists individuals who are blind or visually impaired in developing the skills necessary to go back to school, pursue employment and/or gain a greater measure of independence.

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Under contracts with local public school districts and private schools, EmpowerTech brings assistive technology to children in grades K-12. EmpowerTech offers hands-on exploration and offers assistive technology assessments and evaluations to students with special educational needs.
  • Education Services
    • Brings assistive technology to children in grades K-12. EmpowerTech offers hands-on exploration and offers assistive technology assessments and evaluations to students with special educational needs.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides preschool children with special needs technology tools for future educational success and for successful transition to kindergarten and elementary school.
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