Free Computers for the Visually Impaired

The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired(TCPI) has a program that will provide free computers to the visually impaired.  Visually impaired people have more challenges when it comes to access to things that many able-bodied people take for granted.  With technologies such as the Internet bringing many information resources into the home, visually impaired people are often unable to experience such wonders because they are still unable to afford reliable computers.  The Texas Center for the Physically impared hopes to change this with an amazing offer of free computers.

The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired (TCPI), a division of International Services for the Visually Challenged (ISPC) was founded by Robert Langfor, PH.d (Rehabilitation Administration).  The TCPI provides computers free of charge to persons who are visually impiared.  These free computers are available to residents of the United States and Canada.

People are asked for a $100 donation to cover the cost of packing, shipping and replacement parts, but otherwise the entire computer is free of charge for those people who are visually impaired.  Those people who receive a free computer will receive the computer, a monitor, keyboard, CDROM, modem, spekers and the necessary software required to be up and running within minutes.

This program works largely through a volunteer network and all computers are donated and refurbished before being sent to qualifying visually impaired recipients.  Corporate contributions also allows the group to operate and provide this amazing free offer.  Individuals who donate computers for the program receive an added bonus through a tax credit.

The free computers for the visually impaired are complete systems, with all the software pre-installed including a word processing package, email application and a demo version of Windows Eyes, a screen reader required for many visually impaired users.  Each computer is provided with complete audio tutorials on the use of Windows XP and the Windows-Eyes program.

To date, free computers have been sent to most states, Canada, Mexico, Chile and as far away as Zimbabawe.  The free computer program is open to all visually impaired people in the united states and Canada, but has been extended through patrons outside of these countries through similar programs.  Over 2,000 free computers have been delivered to visually impaired users through this program.

For more information about these free computers for the visually impaired and about Computers for the Blind program, including where to send donations please contact:

 

Robert Langford, Ph.D., President
Texas Center for the Physically Impaired
11330 Quail Run
Dallas, Texas 75238
Phone: (214) 340-6328
Fax: (214) 340-0870
Email: boblang@airmail.net

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Comments

  1. Martin Keely says:

    My aunt Rita has MD but would love to be able to see a computer screen.

  2. Emmanuel Acquah says:

    hi i need some of your computers to learn since i don’t have access to some of these devices

  3. Pat Dicorte says:

    A dear friend is in a nursing home. Mentally bright, lost right leg to poor ciculation, then had a stroke which left left leg and arm useless.
    So we have a lawyer with one arm and a head that are ‘working”. He wears corrective lenses and his sorry wife says he can’t see well enough for a computer. He was best man at out wedding and we have been friends w/ “them” 60 yrs.He is 75 years old. Bright as a penny. I wish he could have something besids a little tv. What is out there ??

  4. Denise Lee says:

    My grandson is seven years old and has lost his eyesight due to caracts, would he quailfy for a free computer. we live in Louisville, Ky.

  5. William Allen says:

    My name is William Allen, I am 48 years old and have lost most of my vision. The possible cause was due to a condition called Posterior Iritis. Do I qualify for a free laptop?

  6. Dear Sirs/Madam I am trying to find out what steps I have to take to be elgible for the free computer for the blind , my vision is20/600 both eyes from a stroke complicated by an anurism, and I”d be thankful for any assistance you and your program could offer my home telephone# is 803-596-7230 can be reached most any time can you have someone give me a call if you possibly could THANK YOU, MICHAEL DAVIS ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA

    • admin says:

      We are not sure if this program is still available. This article was posted some time ago. We will attempt to find an update for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Elaine says:

    What are the qualifications for a free computer?

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