Tom Randall │ Valley Center for the Blind

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Tom is known as one of the tech guys around VCB. I’m totally blind because of Retinopathy of Prematurity. I’ve been involved with the center starting as a volunteer around the year 2000 or so, started teaching on a limited basis around 2004 and have been doing more as time goes on. I’ve been involved with what we now call assistive technology (AT) or access technology since about 1982 when I started working with some of the first talking computers, these were Apple II Plus computers with a third-party synthesizer. I was hooked from there. I believe that technology is a real game changer for those of us who are blind or visually impaired. Being able to use AT is necessary to get on in society and is only going to become more so as time goes by. I’m married with no two-legged kids but a bunch of four-legged ones including our five cats. I do have other interests besides tech including reading, some gaming, watching some movies and TV, listening to music (I listen to a bit of everything but my tastes lean toward goth and metal), and I’m involved in some advocacy groups for people who are blind. What I find most rewarding about what I do is when someone takes what I teach them and uses it to make themselves more successful either at work or in life in general.

Tom Randall

AT Instructor