A Little About Us

Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a Non-Profit, volunteer organization devoted to providing computers to persons who are blind or visually impaired. It is our hope that each person who is visually impaired may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner. We believe technology opens new worlds and creates opportunity for greater personal freedom.

We refurbish donated computers and provide accessibility software for our clients. If you or someone you know is interested in getting a computer, go to the next section to get quick information.

Potential Recipients

If you are in need of a computer, or are working on someone's behalf to order one, here are some quick notes to get you started.

  • Our computers are available for any visually impaired individual in the United States
  • Individuals on SSI or SSDI can qualify for a grant to lower the cost
  • A parent of a child with a visual impairment can also qualify for grants
  • We may ask for documents that show the person meets these requirements
  • Those eligible for a grant may only request a laptop if they are currently physically attending college
  • Please familiarize yourself with our Before Applying Page as well as What We Provide
  • If you have any questions, please contact us

How We Do It

We receive computers as donations from many sources. Our volunteers clean, rebuild, upgrade and set up the computers with software designed to give accessibility options to those who need them. Afterwards, the computers are packaged and shipped all across the country. It wouldn't be possible without all those who donate time and equipment to the cause.

Computers for the Blind Refurbishing Center

Our Beginnings

Bob Langford was blinded in an accident at age 16. Instead of quitting, he worked hard to achieve many things. He graduated from high school, then continued until he earned a Doctorate's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Later in life, Bob received his first computer and discovered how computers could overcome many obstacles. He wanted to share this gift with others and started what would become Computers for the Blind.

Bob Langford, Founder of Computers for the Blind

Thoughts From Our Clients

On behalf of those who have gotten a computer, you are doing a fabulous job!

I am a rehabilitation teacher for the visually impaired population in Alabama and I have frequently phoned you over the past four years that I have been employed with the Department of Rehabilitation Services in Birmingham. You with your army of volunteers, donors and generous manufacturers of products that help people who have vision loss are all to be commended for your efforts. I don't know how often expressions of gratitude from the people who receive your access-ready treasures make it to your ears, but I want to say on behalf of the half-dozen plus whom I know that you are all doing a fabulous job to add to the quality of life of individuals and of our society at large.

Alabama Dpt of Rehabilitation