Semester 1 – 2015 Courses from Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired

Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind.

Enrollments are now open for the term beginning in February, 2015.

Course Offerings: courses
Application Fomr: application
Course Schedule: schedule

A Note On Prerequisites
Most courses require some basic computer and screen reader knowledge. If you are unable to complete the basic computer skills test, please talk to us about the Computers 101 course. Prerequisites

The WordPress course requires some HTML knowledge. If you have not taken our HTML course, you may need to complete a skills test to demonstrate your knowledge.

Fees
For information on pricing, see the fees page. Fees

Courses:
IT Essentials
Learn how to configure, repair, and install PC hardware and software This course provides a comprehensive overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. It is intended for people who wish to pursue careers in IT and gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. This course prepares students to take the A+ certification exam if they wish, and students who complete the course may find work as a technical support representative. At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Describe and identify the internal components of a computer
Assemble a computer system
Install an operating system
Troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software
Connect computers to the Internet
Share resources in a networked environment
Install and troubleshoot peripherals such as printers and scanners
IT Essentials course link

Intro To Networking
Introduction to networking is your first step along the path to studying for the CCNA or CCENT.

In this course you will learn basic network terminology, subnetting, how to configure basic home and business networks and the basics of network security., At the end of this course you will have the basic skills and experience to configure home and small office networks.

Building Websites With HTML 5
Learn to build your own website from scratch
This course is designed for both those who are new to HTML as well as those people who want to upgrade their HTML skills to use HTML 5. HTML is the basic building block of websites. Students will learn to build a website from the ground up using practical techniques that work for vision impaired people.

Topics covered include:
Choosing a web address and web hosting provider
Using an FTP program and HTML editor
Adding text, links, and lists to your website
Choosing a color scheme for your site
Adding audio and video content to your pages
Adding images to your site
Adding a shopping cart and contact form to your site
Using security measures to protect your visitors and your site
HTML5 course link

Getting the most out of Word Press
WordPress isn’t just a blogging platform. You can build entire websites with WordPress. This course will show you how to configure the Word Press content management system from Scrach and how to optimize both accessibility and functionality.

Audio Editing Fundamentals, Single Track or Multi-track
These courses teach audio editing to those of all skill levels. The single trakc course focuses on using software like Goldwave to record, edit, and enhance audio. The multi-track course teaches all aspects of audio production and mixing using Reaper. Both classes teach principles of microphone usage, choosing formats, and provide a survey of audio equipment for all budget levels. Our original Audio Fundamentals course has had a refresh this term and is now split into two tracks. Students may choose whether they’d like to learn single track editing with Goldwave, or multitrack editing with Reaper.
Audio Editing course link

Introduction to Linux With The Raspberry Pi
This course will help students learn how to run things like a Teamtalk server, media center, web server, and broadcasting software by teaching students how to use the Linux command-line operating system. and the Raspberry Pi.
Linus course link

MS Word Essentials
This course will teach students how to use Microsoft Word with a screen reader to create useful and attractive documents. The course will run for 12 weeks, and will take students from the basics of using the Ribbons and the Backstage view in Office 2010-2013 to the more advanced features of the program suchas macros, graphics, templates, forms, and mail merge.
MS Word Essentials course link

Short Courses
These courses do not run for the entire length of the term. They vary in length, anywhere from one week to half the term in length. They tend to be more focused than the full length courses in terms of content.

Employment
This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind. It will run for 8-10 weeks, dependent on student needs.
Employment course link

Other Short Courses
The following courses are being considered to run next term. Let us know which of these you would be interested in seeing. and if you have ideas for other courses that you’d like to see up teach.

MS Excel: A course exploring Excel, and how to use it to improve efficiency and productivity.

MS PowerPoint: A course designed to take students from the basics all the way through creating a presentation with multimedia and graphical elements. The course has one assignment, a final presentation that will be shared with the class.

The Windows Command Line: A course aimed at teaching students all about the power of the Windows command line – it can do more than you think.

Cooking 101: A series of short courses based around certain topics, such as baking, once-a-month or freezer cooking, meal preparation and planning, how to create home-cooked alternatives to restaurant meals, ETC.

Enrolling
To sign up for the course, send an email to caviinfo @ ciscovision.org [without the spaces], or by letting us know via the contact form on Contact Form

CAVI – A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world.

Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills.

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.

CAVI Employment short course – Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind.
Employment Course Information

What this course is
Taught by instructors who are blind who have had success in gaining and keeping employment in both disability and mainstream settings.

More than just a resume, cover letter, and interview prep course. We will discuss why you want to work, what kind of person employers want, skills to have before you go job hunting and more.

Full of practical hands-on activities. By the time you leave the course you will have a resume, cover letters, and experience with at least one mock interview conducted by someone in charge of hiring for a real company.

Highly interactive. This course is centred around lively discussions on topics such as problem-solving in the workplace, disclosure of blindness, and transitioning to work.

What this course is not
A “Normal” employment course. We won’t spend two hours lecturing you on a one size fits all formula of how to get a job.

A course for children. We realise you are a capable adult and will be treated as such.

One lecture a week and that’s all. Students will have assignments to sharpen their confidence, problem solving abilities, networking skills and more.

The course will last eight to 10 weeks depending on student needs starting in February 2015. Each week there will be a lecture to attend and assignments to assist in skill building. The outline for the course is as follows:

  • Lecture 1: Motivations for work.
  • Lecture 2: Three traits for a successful job search.
  • Lecture 3: Job readiness skills and problem solving.
  • Lecture 4: Looking for work, Resumes and cover letters.
  • Class time devoted to working on resumes and cover letters rather than a lecture.

  • Lecture 5: Interviewing.
  • No lecture. Mock interviews with leadership WA.
  • Lecture 6: Transitioning into work.

Pricing
The course cost is $100 and includes:

  • Access to live and recorded lectures.
  • Access to course notes.
  • Feedback from real employers on your resume and interview.
  • Access to both the CAVI Employment and Discussion mailing lists.

Enrolling
To sign up for the course, send an email to caviinfo @ ciscovision.org [without the spaces], or by letting us know via the contact form on Contact Form

CAVI – A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world.

Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills.

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.

Introducing CAVI’s brand new Employment course

Are you a job seeker or thinking about looking for work? If so, CAVI’s brand new employment course may be just the help you need.

This course is no ordinary employment course. We understand that there is more to getting a job than your resume, cover letter, and interview.

This course is taught by blind people who have been successful in both specialty blindness and mainstream employment. The course will run for 8-10 weeks depending on student needs and will include the following topics and activities:

  • Motivations for work
  • The three traits we have found make getting a job much easier and how to develop these
  • Basic skills and knowledge to put in place when beginning a job search including networking and problem solving
  • The job search
  • Writing easy attractive resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills including how to help put employers at ease
  • A mock interview from real hiring personnel through leadership WA as well as feedback on resumes and cover letters
  • Discussions on transitioning into the workplace including fitness, sleep, and socialization

This course will be delivered online and will meet once a week for approximately 2 hours starting in February 2015.

The cost is $100. As with all courses run by the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired you will also gain access to a community of students and instructors to network with, even after you have graduated.

If you would like more information or to apply please visit CISCO Employment Course info

3 Great JobAccess Stories

See the possibilities

Hello

JobAccess invites you to watch our recently launched videos showcasing stories of three employees with disability and how JobAccess and the support of modifications has helped them in their roles.

JobAc cess works with employers, providers and people with disability to remove barriers to employment. Each person helped is a person who can access employment and contribute to their fullest. Each workplace or person has a unique situation and JobAccess can provide the best solution to anyone eligible.

Meet Caroline, Louise and Huy and watch their stories by clicking the links below.

We are proud to play a role in their success and look forward to sharing future stories.

Please enjoy them w ith your family, friends and colleagues and let us know if you have any feedback. Feel free to contact the team at JobAccess on 1800 464 800 for advice and support on all matters relating to removing barriers to employment.

Access Communications – Australia Post and Caroline Browne

– Louise Pearson

Access All Areas – Huy Nguyen

The JobAccess stories – a compilation

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Visually impaired and blind workers: undervalued, underemployed

Article from the Sydney Morning Herald – 13 October

Reporter: Julie Power

Lauren Henley has developed superhero-like powers as she navigates the world of work.

Blinded when she was 20, Ms Henley uses a form of “echo-location” – clicking her fingers or tongue to produce echos much like a bat’s navigation – to find her way around a new office and a new city.

“The noise bounces off objects in your environment. You can use it to work out different bits of information, such as how large the object is,” said Ms Henley who moved to Sydney two weeks ago to work as an adviser at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

“Normally I use a tongue click,” she said, demonstrating the technique. “You do it discreetly if you are inside. If I am in a louder environment, such as busy peak-hour traffic, where I can’t hear much, I either tap my cane or click my fingers.”

Ms Henley was trained by Daniel Kish, the leader of a global movement to teach blind people to see using their ears. He was brought to Australia by Guide Dogs NSW /ACT.

Some disability advocates fear this skill can make people with visual impairment look like “superhuman freaks”, but 27-year-old Ms Henley said it had bolstered her independence and confidence, allowing her to travel independently for work and pleasure.

People who are blind or have a vision impairment are four times as likely to be unemployed than average, finds new research by Guide Dogs. Around 37 per cent of its clients are unemployed, many are underemployed, and nearly all want more work. Once they find a job, they are more loyal and take far less sick leave.

After losing most of her sight in 2001, Sally-Anne Giliam, the executive assistant to NSW Roads’ Minister Duncan Gay, has developed another skill that is nearly as impressive in an era when most people store phone numbers in mobile phones.

To save time, Ms Giliam – who was promoted from receptionist to EA and office manager – remembers more than 1000 phone numbers. She has become the “eyes” of her office, the person who knows where things are kept.

Ms Giliam uses an identification cane when she catches public transport to work. In the office, she uses screen reading technology and magnification.

Her screen reading technology is so accurate that she is often asked to proof the office’s documents. Once she spotted an error in a draft press release, announcing a tax on toads instead of a tax on roads, that had been missed by others.

The research was commissioned to address employer concerns that people who can’t see can’t work because they won’t be able to get to work, read emails or use a computer.

Before Ms Henley started her new job, a mobility expert from Guide Dogs spent the weekend with her, helping her navigate public transport to work and around the new office that sprawls over several floors, so she could find the bathrooms, the lunch room, the meeting room and her office.

“It is so extremely daunting to start a new job. So the ability to learn how to get around before you even start was really empowering,” she said.

“Having a job provides me with financial security and greater flexibility in terms of the life that I choose to lead.

“But beyond that, it gives me a sense of self-worth, the opportunity to get out and meet people and the opportunity to fight for a cause that I am passionate about.

“For me, not having a job would be devastating.”