Ismael Herrera

Blind and Low Vision Services Director

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Ismael has been working with access technologies since 1986.  During his two years at LAVC, he started developing his skills in the area of assistive technology.  A passion to empower parents and persons with various disabilities through assistive technologies for the end-result of becoming members of their communities. 

In 1995, Xerox invited Ismael to participate in the development of the first of its kind “stand alone” reading scanner for the visually impaired. This “stand-alone” reading device came to be known as “Reading Edge.”  In early 2000, he was the person who developed and demonstrated to FreedomScientific speech access on the MAGIC magnification software mouse.  Thus, enabling vocalizations to the mouse, allowing totally blind assistive technology trainers to train persons who are partially sighted. 

In 2005, he almost obtain a perfect score 99.5 in his Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University Northridge (CSUN).  Furthermore, he continues to play a part in the development of mobile apps for iDevices to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.