In this episode of Blind Abilities we feature the iBlind Users Group, aka iBUGToday, a nonprofit organization located in Houston, Texas, but which operates a variety of virtual training and social activities for individuals around the country using the Zoom platform.
The mission of iBUG, is to promote the individual independence, social integration and educational development of the blind and visually impaired community through accessible technology training.
Our guests in the Blind Abilities studio are Michael McCulloch, President and Founder, and Sandhya Rao, Vice President. Michael and Sandhya describe the numerous group training sessions offered, all of which are free, and taught or facilitated by members themselves who volunteer for these opportunities.
All of the sessions are in Q&A format and are low key and relaxed. The first 25 minutes of each session is dedicated to new members so they can pose their questions freely.
From iPhones, Macs and Androids, there is a session for everyone at any level, from beginner to the proficient user.
iBUG also has a program called the Jump Start Mentoring program where new users are matched up one on one with an experienced member for a 12-week training program, which has paid dividends for the new users in the group.
In addition to the training classes and calls, iBUG also conducts fun social activities, such as Trekkee Talk where members watch and discuss episodes of Star Trek each month. There is also the VILA Book Club and the iBUG night at the Virtual Movies, held every Friday night.
Again, all sessions are totally free of charge.
Aside from listing the myriad of training and social activities, Michael and Sandhya share their reasons for having gotten involved with iBUG ten years ago, revealing the genuine passion and true commitment they share towards enhancing the lives of blind individuals across the country. They think of iBUG as a family and sincerely enjoy everyone who joins them for each and every session.
You can find a full schedule, a simple membership registration and more at www.iBUGToday.org.
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You can email the iBUG team at iBUGToday@Gmail.com
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