Abilities United supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and members of the community, and champions a culture in which all members of society are included and appreciated for their distinctive contributions.

family support _ computer education

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For more information, contact 650-618-3390 or email

computer education

Abilities United Computer Education provides you fun, individualized lessons for you to develop and enhance your academic, computer and life skills with an emphasis on computer and Internet safety.

Needs assessment
You will receive an evaluation and assessment to determine your needs to help you make the most effective, efficient and safe use of computer technology.

Classes can be scheduled based  on your needs during daytime, evenings and weekend hours at an Abilities United location or at your home. If you are a parent or teacher, we can train you to use the software so you can teach in your own home or classroom.

Individualized instruction
You receive personalized attention in a private or small group lesson(no more than 4 persons per class). Materials and instruction are provided at reasonable rates.

Accessible computer technology
Your computer is wheelchair accessible and equipped with specially designed keyboards, mice and monitors to accomodate limited range of motion, visual and hearing
impairment, or other special needs.

Courses developed by experts
Software used by Abilities United is specially designed for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges. A variety of educational software packages designed by education specialists are utilized to teach the various skill sets.

Skilled instructors
Abilities United computer instructors are skilled in working with people with special needs and all ability levels.

Areas of Study

You may choose one or multiple classes, depending on your needs and wants.

Computer usage
This is an introductory class with a focus on utilizing computers for daily work and entertainment, as well as the use of input devices such as a computer mouse, keyboard, joystick,
touch screen, roller ball, etc. You'll learn common ways to maximize your use of your computer including:
• Input device usage
• Access and store data on disk drives
• Program and folder access on desktop
• Internet safety (e-mail, social media, banking, shopping, etc.)
• File and folder creation
• Search engines

Advanced computer activities that you can chose from include:
• Basic programming using Scratch, a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
• Digital art techniques and tutorials to create original digital art work in a variety of software programs. Art techniques include drawing, painting, coloring, cartooning and
enhancements to original artwork.

Academic Skills

• Explore, learn, develop and use words and phrases appropriate for your home, community, education and recreation programs.
• Create communication aids (visual supports)
Note: This class is appropriate for students and care providers.

• Literacy and comprehension
• Advanced literacy and comprehension appropriate for college level writing assignments

Basic math concept instruction include:
• Numbers and Operations
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Patterns
• Collecting
• Organizing

Daily Living Skills

Money Management
• Coin and bill recognition
• Equivalent value between coins and bills
• Spending
• "Dollar up" strategy
• Making change

Banking and Budgeting
• Money cycle
• Savings and checking accounts
• Budgeting
• Online banking
• Bill paying
• Credit cards and loans

Job Search
• Conduct job searches
• Research company background information
• Submit application letters and resumes online
• Print hard copy applications

Time and Calendar
• Basic time telling - hours, half hours, and quarter hours
• Advanced time telling - hours and minutes
• Creating and maintaining a virtual calendar

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