NEW YORK—Lighthouse Guild, a nonprofit organization that provides services to those who are visually impaired, has announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the CTA Foundation to expand its assistive technology training. The CTA Foundation, an affiliate of the Consumer Technology Association, is dedicated to linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives, according to the group. Lighthouse Guild is one of 25 nonprofit organizations receiving funding from the Foundation in 2024, according to the announcement.

The grant will deepen Lighthouse Guild’s capacity to provide assistive technology training to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, empowering them to attain their personal and professional goals, the group said. The training, conducted both in-person and virtually, will focus on smartphone accessibility features, assistive technology applications and devices, and more, according to the announcement.

“Technology provides a plethora of resources for people who want to maintain independence, achieve their goals, and meaningfully connect with others, but it is only as effective as the training and support provided,” said Dr. Calvin W. Roberts, president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild. “We are grateful to the CTA Foundation for this grant which will leverage our experience and resources with assistive technology to provide essential skills and training through a variety of approaches.” 

Lighthouse Guild’s programs train adults and children to utilize the latest assistive technology and maximize existing technologies. Through its research department and outreach, including its “On Tech and Vision” podcast, Lighthouse Guild is exploring developments in artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and programmed learning that are all primed to empower people who are visually impaired, the group said.

“We are thrilled to support the Lighthouse Guild’s assistive technology training. Combining innovative technologies with the support and education will no doubt lead to incredible outcomes,” said Steve Ewell, executive director the CTA Foundation.