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Technology is changing the way people with visual impairments live and work. 

Resident students with visual impairments can complete homework, do research, take tests, and read books along with their sighted classmates, thanks to advances in technology.  Other residents can learn and/or keep up with new technology as well.

The Mary Bryant Home assists not only its residents by providing the latest in technology to help them live more independently, but we offer a variety of services for those in the greater Springfield, Illinois community.

Corporate Training Room

Need a place to host a business meeting or retreat?  We have an ideal location as it has the latest technology to support multi-media presentations, food and beverage service upon request from the wonderful culinary team at the Mary Bryant Home, restrooms adjacent to the meeting space, and ADA compliant facilities.  Whether you need a space for a half day or full day meeting, we can accommodate your every need.  To inquire about reserving this, please contact us HERE

"If you can dream it, you can do it" ~ Helen Keller

Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.  IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

IATP’s mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities.  IATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and IT/telecommunications.  Their goal is to improve the quality of life of all Illinoisans with disabilities and enable them through greater access to assistive technology devices to fully participate in all aspects of life.  They believe disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes a person’s right to: 

  • enjoy full inclusion and integration in mainstream society;
  • benefit from an education;
  • pursue meaningful careers and;
  • enjoy self-determination and make choices.

    Sensible Innovations, LLC  

A Springfield based company called Sensible Innovations has introduced a mobile, patent pending solution to help visually impaired individuals explore the world more freely.  Their solution works through an app called AWARE on a mobile device and uses electronic stickers that help provide information and directions inside public and private buildings.  The Mary Bryant Home has the Sensible Innovation technology installed within the building and residents with a smart phone really love using it as the indoor directions and descriptions are crafted with utmost detail.  The AWARE app is built with large fonts and high contrast for those who prefer to read, completely audible for non-visual preferences, and Braille display for Braille readers.  To learn more, please visit: Sensible Innovations.

Technology Resources

Available to our residents and those throughout the greater Springfield Community