Access Technology

Access Technology Center student and instructor

The Access Technology Center offers the highest quality training available in the use of adapted computers, software, and other electronic devices. Training is provided in basic computer literacy and word processing, updating software, system maintenance, and trouble shooting. We also teach computer terminology and file management techniques.

Individuals range from teenagers to adults of all ages, including mid-career professionals, job seekers, senior citizens and U.S. military veterans. Individuals either commute or stay in our residence. In-home or workplace instruction and training also can be arranged, and individuals may try different equipment before deciding what suits their needs.

We offer training on

  • Computers
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
  • iOS devices
  • Note takers
  • Accessible GPS systems
  • Accessible cell phones
  • Screen magnification software
  • Braille printers
  • Screen reading software
  • Braille displays
  • Optical Character Recognition with scanners and cameras
  • Split-screen closed circuit TVs
  • Voice recognition software

Each person receives individualized evaluation and training. Our instructors, some of whom are vision impaired, are experts at teaching people with vision loss how to become proficient in the use of adapted equipment. Many persons using this service have never touched a keyboard. But after successfully completing Access Technology classes, they are comfortable accessing the Internet for banking, bill paying, shopping, reading online newspapers, checking the stock market, conducting job searches, sending emails, perusing websites. They also are ready to compete in educational or employment arenas.

More Information

For details about Access Technology services, contact Spero Pipakis at 412-368-4400 ext. 3415 or email at spipakis@pghvis.org; toll-free in PA 800-706-5050.