What is CAVI?
If you ever thought blind people couldn't fix computers, design websites, build networks and teach others to do the same, then please think again! Read on...
Welcome to the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, (CAVI)
CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment opportunities for people who are totally or partially blind
Courses on offer
The ITE and Exploration courses go towards full Cisco Certification, which several of our students have accomplished.
In addition to the Cisco courses, Cavi also produces courses customized for visually impaired people who want to learn a broad range of computer skills such as:
For more information about courses offered please see Cavi Course offerings
In our first year of intake, 23 of 24 students achieved gainful employment. Since then, many of our students have gone on to work in various sectors of the technology field.
Our courses are flexibily delivered to both local students who are present at the Association for the Blind Western Australia in Perth and to remote students via the internet.
Remote students use a free and accessible piece of software to log on to a lecture live where they can participate as if they were in the class room. Please see: Remote Laboratories Virtual Classroom & Tactile Tools for more information.
Both local and remote students are required to complete all work sheets and labs by submitting them to their lecturers via E-mail for marking. They then log on to the Netacad web site to take each chapter's exam and the final exam at the completion of their course.
The only modifications of the courses are those necessary to make the content accessible to those using screenreading or magnification programs. These include accessible flash content & diagram descriptions.
On completion of the program the participants will be able to move into IT positions in industry or embark on further education.
CAVI relies on an army of volunteers to create diagram descriptions, provide information in a form better suited to being read with adaptive technologies and to record, edit and present lectures on both the CUCAT web site and this web site for later download and listening.
Who are our Students?
Who is eligible to enroll in CAVI's courses? Students range in age from 18 to 80 and come from countries around the world such as Canada, America, United Kingdom, Egypt, South Africa, India, Barbados, and more. Our requirements are simple, and we are excited about working with people from even more countries this year. Here is a list of our entrnce requirements.
Want to learn more and enroll? Visit this link to grab a brochure or an enrollment form.
Donations & Support
The CAVI project provides an affordable education solution that many blind people can't get locally. We never turn students away because of financial need. CAVI is in need of donations and financial support, for more information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards,h2 align="center">The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired 2011 Anzia Award Winner
We are Excited to have won the 2011 ANZIA award in the category of Internet access & digital skills. This category is for an organization that takes part in Initiatives that bring information, knowledge and materials online.
The judges felt that the CAVI project was an absolute stand out – not only in this category, but across all of the applications received for the award program
Enrollments Now Open!
Currently, the academy offers IT Essentials (I T E), which is a course that teaches maintenance
and troubleshooting of computer hardware and software, CCNA Discovery and Exploration,