LIVE Webinar Series

Join a LIVE webinar today to learn more about products that interest you!

Join us to learn about new devices and software for blind and low vision people, and to receive free training on using those products. Whether you are simply curious about new magnification & speech software, reading machines and video magnifiers; or you need intense training on STEM support for blind students, there is a session for you.

Check out IRIE’s free webinar training schedule below.

If you have any questions or would like to request a specific topic for our next webinar please contact info@irie-at.com

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All About Low Vision Series #2: Affordable Desktop Magnifiers – Made in Europe!

Thursday December 3rd – 10AM PST
Host: Jeff Gardner – IRIE-AT CEO

Are you interested in desktop video magnifiers, but want something of quality for a better price? Join us to see a variety of desktop solutions that are more affordable than others, yet they are manufactured in Europe with European high-quality standards.

We will begin by demonstrating the full-featured, Full-HD, speech-enabled desktop from Rehan; the Acuity Speech. You’ll also see the Rehan i-See 22-inch HD desktop magnifier that is now sold for under $2000. And if you’re really on a budget, we’ll show off the VisionAid Helix HD, which is an uber-affordable, portable HD camera that connects to most computer monitors and TV’s.

Whether you need a full-featured, Full-HD, speech-enabled desktop or simply want the basics; there should be an affordable option for you. With all models manufactured in Europe and supported by the IRIE-AT customer support and repair center, these magnifiers offer a big value at the lowest possible cost.

Join us to learn more about affordable desktop solutions, made in Europe by well-known brands and supported in the USA by IRIE-AT.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about high-quality, yet affordable, desktop video magnification solutions
  2. See how the Rehan Acuity Speech, Rehan i-See 22 and VisionAid Helix HD function, live
  3. Discover an alternative, very affordable, and portable desktop solution

The “Braille Brothers” Series #1: Ink & Braille – Share Docs with Sighted Peers/Teachers

Hear from the “Braille Brothers”, IRIE CEO, Jeff Gardner, and ViewPlus CEO, Dan Gardner – sharing the webinar stage for the first time ever!

Join us to see a variety of solutions for embossing braille along with ink on the same page. Learn how to utilize the VP SpotDot for color ink and braille and VP Elite with InkConnect for volume ink and braille production. And see how the IRIE BrailleSheet and VP Delta can be used with an inkjet printer, as a cost-effective method for ink and braille printing.

Students often have teachers, peers and family members around them who want to participate more in their education/lives but cannot read braille. Combining ink and braille on the same page means everyone can read together. It guarantees a blind student will not receive the wrong test or assignment and generally improves communication between braille-readers and the sighted world around them.

Join us as two of the world’s most experienced braille and tactile graphics trainers band together; with IRIE CEO, Jeff Gardner, combining forces with his brother and CEO of ViewPlus, Dan Gardner, for the first time in a public webinar. And look forward to more presentations from the “Braille Brothers” in the future!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how the combination of braille and ink on the same document is useful for communication between braille-readers and sighted peers, teachers and others
  2. See how the VP SpotDot color ink embosser and VP Elite with InkConnect can emboss braille and print ink on the same page, simultaneously
  3. Discover how combining ink and braille on the same page can be accomplished using various embossers and techniques

New in Low Vision Series #4: Clover Video Magnifiers – New, Quality & Affordable Magnifiers

Wednesday November 5th – 10AM PST
Host: Jeff Gardner, CEO, IRIE-AT

Are you looking for a quality video magnifier but don’t want to pay top dollar? The Clover magnifiers, from SightCare, could be for you. Join us to see the Clover magnifiers in action.

See a demonstration of the entire Clover line: Clover 3, Clover 4, Clover 5, Clover 6, Clover 7, Clover 10 and CloverBook Pro; with models as low as $199. SightCare has recently introduced two new models to their Clover video magnifier lineup: CloverBook Pro and Clover 6, which boast modern features, like touchscreen access. CloverBook Pro adds a distance cam, OCR, split-screen and even has an optional second 12.5-inch monitor; all for hundreds less than the competition.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how the Clover video magnifiers offer more features for a lower cost
  2. See how the Clover video magnifiers can be useful in a school or professional setting
  3. Discover the new CloverBook Pro, 12.5-inch video magnifier; with speech, distance camera and even an option to use a second monitor.

Best in Braille Series #1:
IRIE Braille Buddy – Personal Braille Embosser

Wednesday October 14th – 10AM PST
Host: Jeff Gardner, CEO, IRIE-AT
Special guest presenter: Jina Kang; parent of a 3-year-old blind child and enthusiastic Braille Buddy user

Join us to see the IRIE Braille Buddy in action; the world’s most affordable and portable braille embosser. Blind children need braille to be literate and need tactile graphics to learn structure and study STEM subjects. Yet, the cost of a braille embosser/printer can be cost-prohibitive for parents of blind children, and even for many schools; particularly an embosser that can emboss both braille and tactile graphics effectively.

The IRIE Braille Buddy does it all, for less than half the price of most desktop embossers. It can emboss braille and tactile graphics and can use both cut-sheet and tractor fed paper. The Braille Buddy even comes with braille and tactile graphics software, included.

The IRIE Braille Buddy is also portable and has an optional rolling carry case. So, you can easily move it between school and home.

We will be joined by a special guest panelist, Jina Kang; parent of a 3-year-old blind child and active user of the IRIE Braille Buddy embosser. Jina will demonstrate some tips and tricks that she has learned in using her Braille Buddy embosser for transcribing books for her child.

In today’s “new normal”, the need for such an affordable and portable braille printer has never been greater. Join us to learn how the IRIE Braille Buddy could be a cost-effective option for you to bring more braille (and literacy) into the lives of the blind children around you.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how the IRIE Braille Buddy is used by parents to support their children with braille and tactile graphics
  2. See a light-weight, portable braille embosser with a rolling case, that can easily be transported between home and school/work
  3. Discover a new, lower-priced system for embossing braille and tactile graphics in low volumes

Motorized Drawing Arm (MDA): Interactive Tactile Graphics Plotter

Wednesday September 30th – 10AM PST
Host: Jeff Gardner, CEO, IRIE-AT
Special guest presenter: Jaap Breider, President, Thinkable

Live presentation by the President of Thinkable!

Join us for a live demonstration – all the way from the Netherlands – by the owner and President of Thinkable, the developers of TactileView. Mr. Jaap Breider will lead participants through the use of the new Motorized Drawing Arm (MDA). Mr. Breider will demonstrate new methods of interactive tactile drawing that are now possible with the MDA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. See how the new MDA from Thinkable can help blind students from early ages all the way to an advanced degree in math or science, with interactive tools that help with basic tactile recognition and drawing for younger students and advanced features that are powerful enough to support students all the way through higher education.
  2. Learn how the new MDA makes tactile drawing inclusive for blind students. Anecdotal studies tell us that the more a blind student creates their own tactile graphics, the better they can interpret graphics made by others.
  3. Discover a totally new method for teaching tactile graphics, with interactive tools built in that support independent learning for blind students.

SuperNova Magnifier & Speech – Explore Advanced Features

Thursday September 24th – 10AM PST
Presenters: Cody Mitchell (Lead), Jeff Gardner

Join us to learn how the SuperNova Magnifier & Speech software works in action; providing magnification and speech access to your PC, live magnification with OCR for paper documents, as well as access to online books and news.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how SuperNova works with Google Docs, MS Office and Chrome to provide speech and magnification for classroom and office documents, even from remote locations
  2. Learn to use SuperNova’s Connect & View feature, for live magnification of print documents and scanning of text with speech feedback.
  3. See how to use the split screen and multiple monitor features in SuperNova to view presentations and take notes simultaneously – ideal for remote work/school

New in Low Vision: New Reading Machines

Thursday September 10th – 10AM PST
Presenters: Cody Mitchell (Lead), Jeff Gardner

See the new Rehan i-Reader 2 and VisionAid International ReadEasy Evolve; new options for quick and accurate text-to-speech from printed documents.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about new reading machines that are now available in the USA.
  2. See how ReadEasy Evolve can be used with a touchscreen to read aloud and zoom in/zoom out.
  3. Find out more about a new, fully-featured reading machine for those on a budget.

Tactile Graphics: TactileView Hardware Training

Thursday August 27th – 10AM PST
Presenter(s): Jeff Gardner

This training will cover the basics of using the hardware accessories for the TactileView Design Software. The presenter will first cover the TactiPad, tactile drawing tablet, which permits inert tactile drawing and digital drawing, simultaneously. Also demonstrated, will be the Motorized Drawing Arm (MDA). MDA is a new tactile graphics plotter that draws images from TactileView and from the MDA app. Participants will learn how the MDA and TactiPad greatly augment the features and accessibility of TactileView for blind users.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how TactileView hardware accessories can be utilized with the TactileView Design Suite software
  2. See the new MDA Tactile Graphics Plotter and learn how it functions
  3. Discover new methods for blind people to draw tactile, inert drawings, that are captured digitally within the TactileView software.

New in Low Vision: GuideConnect: magnificaton & speech, simplified, for PC

Tuesday August 11th – 10AM PST
Presenters: Cody Mitchell (Lead), Jeff Gardner

See the new Dolphin GuideConnect software, that simplifies your entire PC and makes everything accessible with magnification, contrast modes and speech feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about a new software that makes Windows accessible for visually-impaired, while also simplifying the computer interface.
  2. See how GuideConnect can be used with a keyboard, Dolphin Remote and/or touchscreen.
  3. Discover additional features of GuideConnect, like using the software with a webcam to magnify printed documents and scan them to be read back aloud.

SuperNova Connect & Learn - Adaptable for Low Vision Distance-Learning

Thursday August 6th – 10AM PST
Presenters: Cody Mitchell (Lead), Jeff Gardner

The presenter will show the new Connect & Learn system; a small, portable and affordable system for low-vision computer, classroom and print access, demonstrating the usefulness of each in providing complete classroom access on a budget, even when students need to access the classroom remotely.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how Connect & Learn works with Google Docs and MS Office to provide speech and magnification to classroom materials, wherever you are
  2. Learn to use Connect & Learn for magnification of print documents and scanning text that is read aloud
  3. See how to use the split screen feature of Connect & Learn to view instructional materials and take notes simultaneously – ideal for distance learning

New in Low Vision: CloverBook 12 FHD w/ OCR

Thursday, July 30th – 10AM PST

See the brand new CloverBook 12; 12.5-inch FHD, portable, foldable, video magnifier w/ OCR in action.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about a new portable magnification device for low vision students and professionals that – compared with other options – is either more powerful, more affordable, or both.
  2. See how CloverBook 12 can be used in split-screen mode (with single and dual screens) to view the desk/take notes while simultaneously viewing a presenter/instructor.
  3. Discover how CloverBook 12 can replace the function of multiple low vision devices, in one light and portable package.

Tactile Graphics: Using TactileView for STEM

The presenter will demonstrate the latest version of the TactileView tactile graphics design software, showing tricks to cut time and increase the quality of your tactile graphics, focusing on STEM graphics.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how TactileView can be utilized for creating complex tactile graphics
  2. See an assortment of products used in conjunction to save time in making tactile graphics
  3. Discover new technology that helps augment the effectiveness of TactileView.

Dolphin SuperNova Magnifier & Speech – for remote learning

SuperNova 19 now includes access to Google Docs and has other features that make it the ideal software for distance learning. The webinar will focus on elements of the SuperNova software that are relevant for remote learning, including the Connect & View feature that turns your computer into a live magnifier with speech, just by adding an inexpensive webcam.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how SuperNova works with Google Docs, MS Office and Chrome to provide speech and magnification for classroom materials, even from remote locations
  2. Learn to use SuperNova for magnification of print documents and scanning text that is read back aloud
  3. See how to use the split screen feature of SuperNova to view instructional materials and take notes simultaneously – ideal for distance learning

Tactile Graphics: New Tools & Tricks for 2020

Tactile graphics can be time-consuming to produce. The presenter will demonstrate a number of new tools and techniques that reduce the time required to create tactile graphics, particularly in support of STEM. The presentation will show how new technologies and tricks can make creation of tactile graphics – particularly complex graphics – fast, and also easy. Combining the use of TactileView, Tiger Software Suite, Desmos, MathPix and more, the presenter will demonstrate easy new tricks to cut time and increase the quality of your work.

Learning Objective(s):

  1. Learn easy new techniques for creating complex tactile graphics
  2. See an assortment of products used in conjunction to save time in making tactile graphics
  3. Discover new technology for interactive tactile drawing.