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Bosma Launches New Program
Bosma Enterprises recently launched an innovative training program to prepare people who are blind or visually impaired for high-demand careers as sales force administrators. Called BosmaForce, the 18-week course is offered entirely online and available to anyone throughout the country. The pilot class includes seven students from Indiana and Illinois, all of whom are blind or visually impaired.
The group will utilize Trailhead, Salesforce’s interactive, guided and gamified learning platform, to gain knowledge on the adaptive technologies and workarounds within the Salesforce architecture. After completing the certification exam, Bosma Enterprises will work to place the graduates into two-month internships with local businesses. For more information, visit www.bosma.org.
News from Aira
Aira Messages, a new product feature, is now available as a free update to the Aira app and experience. You can find it now in the updates section of the iOS App Store, and coming soon to the Google Play Store. Aira Messages enables explorers to communicate with agents via typing while in a session (similar to texting). For more information, visit https://aira.io/introducing-aira-messages-empowering-aira-explorers-with-non-verbal-visual-information?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=64157377&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_eZ4zgWtew1gUYKUegySyp2mfGmxN36L2sLFUzsRkVvLZa8-3G0Pqc6yyEs9wCWkzN5-24ZzMwP8981Nvk1AwHTqhbpw&_hsmi=64157377.
In furtherance of Aira’s partnership with ACB, both groups have signed an agreement establishing that all ACB members be granted access, as Aira guests, to Aira’s free Employment Program. Aira will provide a code for ACB members to redeem for five shopping days using the service. For more information, contact Customer Care at 1-800-835-1934 or email [email protected].