While Master's degrees can be attained for the general blindness field, Cal State Northridge, organizers of the annual CSUN technology conference, have begun to offer a new major focusing on assistive technology. 14 students have enrolled in the new program, on route to earn a Master of Science in Assistive Technology Studies
and Human Services. According to the press release, The CSUN master's program encompasses research and design; law, ethics and
policy; counseling education and the dynamics of play." In this context, assistive technology applies to all disabilities, not just blindness. Assistive technology training certifications have been available from CSUN and others for some time but don't carry as much weight, especially when applying for government-based jobs. It remains to be seen whether this new major will be recognized by these employers when attempting to fill their positions.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.