By The Columbian
March 4, 2015 6 a.m.
Central Park — Students in the Washington State School for the Blind's Learning Independence For Today and Tomorrow program for ages 18-21 have been able to do some more informative channel surfing lately. Last month, the school received "Talking Guide" technology from Comcast, which is a voice-guidance program allowing the visually impaired to navigate and control all of their cable box's features. "It allows them to access everything a sighted person can see," said Lori Pulliam, director of transition at the school. "They can hear about the guide and the schedule of shows coming up. They can access the DVR, and pick shows or movies." Pulliam added that she reached out to the Comcast after reading about the technology online, and the school was picked as one of eight pilot programs being used to test the technology for a year. "It was dumb luck getting selected," she said. "It's absolutely wonderful. It's very cool technology, and everyone who's used it is very excited."