460_345_resizeThrough the Train-the-Trainer program, future special educators from local universities learn about assistive technology and the use of computers in expanding possibilities for the special needs students in their classrooms.  Existing professionals who work with persons with disabilities are also trained in software and adaptive equipment to encourage their patrons’ independent use of technology.

Course Length and Audience:
Each training course is based on the features of the assistive technologies being taught. Courses are generally 3 – 4 hours in length and are designed for basic to intermediate users of assistive software. The course can be modified for the audience to best meet their needs.

All Train the Trainer courses are held at the Donka Computer Lab in the DuPage Convalescent Center (DPCC) in Wheaton, IL.


Introduction to Assistive Technology:CFC Bus Tour 4
This presentation gives an overview of what Assistive Technology is and how it can help people with disabilities. There will be brief demonstrations of each type of technology Donka offers and examples of how people have used the technology in real-life situations.

Specific Assistive Technology Training:
Curious about the options for a person with very specific needs? Learn all the ins and outs of any one (or more!) piece of assistive technology that Donka has to offer:

    • Windows XP Accessibility – Custom access features in Microsoft Windows for physically disabled and visually impaired individuals
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking – Voice activation software
    • Intellikeys / Intellitalk – Custom word processor with visual and speech features
    • WYNN Scanning Software – Scanning study aid for learning disabled and dyslexic
    • HeadMouse with Wivik – Laser pointer head mouse with on-screen keyboard
    • Word Q and Wivik – Word prediction software
    • Zoomtext software – Screen magnification with speech features
    • JAWS (Job Access with Speech) – Screen reading for individuals who are blind
      • JAWS with MS Word
      • JAWS with MS Excel
      • JAWS with Outlook Express
      • JAWS with Internet
    • Duxbury Braille Translator – Prepare documents from computer to Braille
    • Open Book – Read and Edit documents through scanner

Remote Presentations:
Donka’s mobile teacher can conference with your group on any of the Assistive Technology products.

Play Day:
Bring your group to our lab where we will set up all of our equipment for you to test drive.  After a quick overview of what we’re working with, you will be able to operate our programs for yourself with the guidance of a Donka instructor.

Easy and Low-tech Solutions:
Take a look at some of the accessibility features included on most every personal computer. Great for people who are experienced users, but need “just a little” support, such as slight screen magnification or  use of an onscreen keyboard.  Work with Donka instructors to best serve your computer needs.

For more information about signing up for a Train the Trainer course, please contact us.