Volunteers at a meeting

Who We Are

Computers for the Blind (CFTB) started in by Robert Langford as the Texas Center for the Physically Impaired. Bob found great advantages of having a computer with accessibility technology and wanted to share with those with visual impairments. He started the efforts in his home with a couple of friends. When it grew beyond that, a friend, John Austin, moved the operation to his airplane hangar so they could have more room. Later they moved the operation to Dallas, and then again to Richardson when they needed more room. Read more about Bob’s Story here.

CFTB receives donated computers and other parts and refurbishes them. Accessibility software is then installed along with other software that helps our clients navigate the computers. We have provided over 16,000 computers since we started in and don’t plan to slow down!

Our Mission

The mission of Computers for the Blind is to open the world of information technology to persons who are blind or visually impaired by providing computer equipment, software, and training.

CFTB is a 501(c)(3) organization and is approved as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. More details are available to the public at GuideStar.Org.

Vision & Values

It is our hope that all with a visual impairment may experience the technology in a positive and productive manner.
Specifically we want to enable:

  • Ability to independently manage personal affairs.
  • Access to communication with others.
  • A learning environment where information is just a click away.
  • Employment opportunities by developing knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.