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Kent Association for the Blind

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KAB's AT Service encourages people to use computers and other technologies and helps them learn how to use them. The service is free and we offer specially designed computer courses suitable for people with different eye conditions and levels of ability. Courses run from 6 to 10 weeks and include touch typing, using a computer without a mouse, magnification and speech software on PCs, phones and tablets.

You can make an appointment to visit our Maidstone, Canterbury or Bromley Sight Centres and try out the equipment. We can provide some equipment on short term loan to help you decide if it's right for you.  

KAB's AT Workers can carry out individual assessments of people's technology needs and provide advice and information on suitable equipment. Our AT workers may be able to visit you in your home to provide home tuition or assessments of your technology needs.

People of all ages come to learn - and it is not unusual for us to teach people in their nineties.

Free computer training!

Getting to grips with new technology can seem scary, but with the right equipment and training we can have you up and running in no time!  After a few hours you’ll be emailing your family and friends, browsing the Internet and reading your post. Using a computer can be simpler than you think.  And age isn’t a barrier to learning computer skills!

What makes our classes special?

  • Learning in a small group of people can be fun!  You can share experiences and support each other.

  • Help is always on hand to show you how to overcome problems and to encourage you when the going gets tough.

  • Our courses are created by our own experienced staff and tailor-made to meet the specific needs of learners with sight loss.  

  • We have three very well equipped training suites with the right Assistive Technology solutions to help you.

  • Our tutors and AT Volunteers have many years’ experience of using a whole range of specialist equipment and programmes.

  • All of our training sessions include helpful tips, tricks and techniques specifically to help people with a visual impairment to master their computer and to be able to use the technology effectively.

  • The classes are free, but very valuable.

It is never too late to start learning! So why not call your local AT Worker for a friendly chat and get started. 

Please note that we do not make home visits to repair your computer or provide technical support.

To enable us to teach and support learners attending classes at our Sight Centres we need people who can share their computer knowledge and help people learn a new skill. 

Your challenge as an AT Volunteer will be to:

  • Teach individuals or small groups how to use mainstream computer software.
  • Show them how specialist software, such as magnification and screen readers, can make computing possible.
  • Encourage, motivate and guide new learners.

In return, we’ll provide you with training and reimburse your expenses.  If this challenging and rewarding role appeals to you please contact your local Volunteer Coordinator or apply online.

Our service is funded by individual donors. It is thanks to their generosity that we are able to keep this service free.  Make a donation to support our AT Service.

We always have opportunities for people to volunteer to help us with our AT service. Please see our volunteering page for more details.

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