Thirty-five-year-old Candice John is no ordinary teacher. For the past three years, she has worked at the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCDP) in San Fernando as resident Information Technology (IT) instructor.

John is visually impaired, but if you look around her IT lab, it has the appearance of any other you would find at institutions around the nation. Have a closer look and you would see that this is no ordinary lab.

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As a person with a visual impairment, John is aware of the potential challenges of her trainees who have a wide range of disabilities: physical, autism, deaf, hard of hearing, speech impairment, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, blind and visually impaired, intellectual and learning disabilities, as well as mild mental and seizure disorders.

While assistive technology such as specialised computer equipment or software programmes can help compensate for disabilities and impairments that affect hand dexterity, vision, and hearing, the high cost of such technology makes personal acquisition prohibitive for many individuals. Over the past 14 years, International Game Technology (IGT), formerly known as GTECH, has partnered with NCPD to donate required assistive hardware and software to keep the IT lab continually updated and relevant.


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