Digital Literacy for the Deafblind

Ablelink is a unique e-communications centre for people with deafblindness.

Incorporating a drop-in centre, training and state-of-the-art adaptive communication technologies, Ablelink supports people with dual sensory loss to develop their digital literacy skills so they can remain in regular contact with family and friends.

Ablelink provides people with expert tuition in the use of adaptive technology by highly skilled technicians encouraging a vital connection to the wider community.

Specially adapted computers allow individuals to access the Internet, emails, online networks and a variety of software packages. People can communicate with friends, join social clubs, shop online and access any information locally, nationally and globally.

What is adaptive technology?

Adaptive technology is equipment that is used to modify conventional computers to enable people with deafblindness and dual-sensory impairment to operate them.

These include:

  • Voice synthesizers: that "talk" to people
  • Zoom text function: which enlarges text on screen
  • A Braille terminal: that translates what is shown on the computer screen through a ‘Braille-output’ display.
  • Braille symbols are formed on a constantly changing strip (dots) that sits at the base of the keyboard.

 

Training

Ablelink provides people with expert tuition in the use of adaptive technology by highly skilled technicians.

People with deafblindness and dual sensory impairments who become skilled with the technology can also become volunteer trainers who work with new trainees, sharing information about computers and learning skills from each other in a supported but informal way.

To find out more about Ablelink, please call 1300 225 369.