The Gentry Facility's Assistive Technology Department has provided Assistive Technology services to consumers throughout the state of Alabama for over 25 years and is one of the foremost organizations of its kind in the United States. Assistive technology devices not only improve quality of life for blind individuals but also empower the blind to succeed in fields that were once unavailable or unattainable. Our role includes (but is not limited to):

  • Informing the populace of the availability and benefits of assistive devices
  • Helping persons determine what assistive devices best suit their individual needs
  • Training persons in the use of assistive devices
  • Providing on-site technical support to enable consumers to remain continually productive
  • Advocating for and supporting blind consumers in their vocational endeavors

If you need our remote support file, simply click the following link: remote support

Be sure and call us at (256) 761-3422 or email ahead to schedule an appointment!

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SABE Conference
by Joel Stephens - Monday, 11 June 2018, 3:03 PM

Doug Nixon and Joel Stephens had the opportunity to attend the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Conference, June 7 through 9, 2018. The SABE conference is a national self-advocacy conference that was held in Birmingham, Alabama this year. This was an incredible experience with numerous fantastic speakers, workshops, and exhibitors. AIDB was a platinum sponsor for the event and we were proud to be able to participate. There was incredible amounts of information and opportunities to network with people and companies from around the country.

Doug Nixon working on CCTV

AIDB display table

ATB Display table

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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Over
by Joel Stephens - Monday, 22 January 2018, 8:58 AM
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Hope everyone got upgraded -

Microsoft has finally ended their program which allowed users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free simply by enabling any of their operating system's assistive technologies - a full two weeks after the offer was scheduled to end.

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Congratulations Glenn Tommie!
by Joel Stephens - Monday, 9 October 2017, 11:02 AM

Kudos to Glenn Tommie who won the Grider Award at the annual Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) conference! We all know what a great job he does so we are thrilled to see him be recognized by the people and professionals he works with. The Grider Award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution in working for persons who are blind or visually impaired to promote an understanding of blindness and visual impairment in the mainstream of society. The recipient of this award must be or have been actively involved in helping persons who are blind or visually impaired have fuller, more meaningful, productive, and independent lives. He or she shall have exemplified the pioneer spirit, dedication to service, and quality of direct services to persons who are blind or visually impaired as shown by the life and reputation of Charles B. Grider.

Glenn Tommie holding the Grider award