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      What is the Tech Road Show?

      The IDB Tech Road Show is an opportunity for blind Iowans, clients and non-clients, to get some one-on-one assistance from a member of the tech team on the topic of their choosing. We are bringing the entire team to different locations across the state. People can make one hour appointments for one-on-one assistance, training, or demonstration of a particular device. In addition, we will have a one hour presentation and question and answer session on a particular topic that you may attend before or after your appointment. There will also be a display table where you can view a variety of items brought from our Technology Resource Center. The library will also be there to demonstrate book players, talk about individualized audio cartridges, and answer questions.

      How will this work?
      We will start scheduling the events and announce them on our website and through mailings. The first event will be held May 8th in Des Moines. We will ask people to sign up online or call to sign up for a time and give some information about what they would like to work on so that we can match them up with the best tech and bring the right equipment. Appointments will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

      What kinds of things can I do during my appointment?
      You can use this time to learn a new iPhone app, see how TalkBack works on an Android tablet, try out Window-Eyes or NVDA, learn about the new features in JAWS 18, try out a Vario, BrailleEdge, BrailleSense, or other notetaker or braille display, look at some hand held video magnifiers, try out a Mac or Chromebook, learn more about Microsoft Office. It’s your time and you can use it how you like. The only thing we can’t help you with is computer or device repair. Our time frames would make doing this well very difficult and it’s more efficient for us to concentrate on the kinds of services your local computer repair shop can’t provide.

      What will the presentation be about?
      The first presentation will be a bout reading apps for iOS devices since this is a topic we have had a good deal of interest in already. We’ll demo the BARD app, Read2Go, Kindle, BNook, Voice Dream Reader, NFB Newsline app, and iBooks. We’ll also leave time for questions.

      How can I help get this going?
      If you or your local support group or consumer group chapter would like us to come to your town, you can help make this happen. You can help us find a good venue, help us advertise, help folks arrange transportation, help us set up and clean up, or help us greet people at the door. If you are interested, please contact Richard Cavallaro at 515-281-1366 or Richard.Cavallaro@blind.state.ia.us

      How can I sign up for an appointment?
      Sign up using the form for the event you want to attend which will be a link toward the top of this page. You can also call Richard Cavallaro, our Rehab Tech Specialist for Independent Living at 515-281-1366 to sign up.