National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

NTAC-BVI
Mississippi State University

Meet Erich Manser

Erich in his home office Erich and his guide Steve Joe at New York City Triathlon 2011

Erich Manser has been employed by Hewlett Packard (HP) as an Inside Sales Specialist for HP Workstations since 2006. He has worked for HP for 10 years, initially as a generalist in product lines. His vision loss is the result of retinitis pigmentosa and cataracts. He is legally blind, but has some remaining vision. He has a BA in Psychology from Northeastern University in Massachusetts. He describes his work experience at HP as very positive because of the extent of the Assistive Technology (AT) made available to him by HP including a 47 inch computer monitor. He uses speech output software called Magic, and Zoomtext, a print enlargement software, as well as an iPhone, all provided by HP. The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) purchased a CCTV, a closed circuit television system that enlarges hard copy print to an electronic image on a screen which can be magnified multiple times, along with other magnifiers and special lamps. In 2006, HP started a work-at-home program, and Erich was one of the first persons to be considered. He set up his home office after an in-home assessment by the MCB. Erich is also involved in an Accessibility Task Force which has a Division on Access and Aging. He is conducting on-line training to ensure that those who have accessibility needs, and the growing aging population, will find HP products user friendly. Erich is also a marathon runner and triathlete. He ran in the Boston Marathon in 2013 finishing just 8 minutes before the bomb went off.

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