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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New Items in the assessment lab
by Joel Stephens - Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:20 PM

A couple of new additions two the assessment lab:

NuEyes Glasses

NuEyes Glasses

A pretty amazing product, lots of incredible engineering in this device.

Also, we added a new Vizio Smartcast TV. I must say I'm impressed with the accessibility of this device. While not perfect, it is leaps and bounds ahead of where TV's were just a few years ago. https://www.vizio.com/accessibility

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Alabama Council of the Blind's Byrd Bryant Scholarship
by Joel Stephens - Friday, 22 June 2018, 2:44 PM

Each year the Alabama Council of the Blind provides scholarship(s) to outstanding students who are enrolled full time in academic or professional training beyond the high school level. This year, our very own Heather Lease is the proud recipient of the Byrd Bryant Scholarship.

Heather Lease holding her scholarship award

Congratulations Heather!

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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