Thursday, November 19, 2009

Get the word out!

As some of you know, I work at the Special Education Assistive Technology Center (SEAT) Center at Illinois State Univeristy. A couple colleagues of mine have been engaged in research related to using technology with young children who are either at-risk or have been identified as having a disability. They have recently launched a survey to further this line of research. From their survey:
The purpose of this project is to examine the experiences and needs of parents having young children with disabilities with a focus on technology tools that can support them. We hope to learn about fathers' experiences and needs to help us develop recommendations and guidelines for professionals who work with parents of young children with disabilities.
They are looking for parents of young children with disabilities to complete this survey. This is a good opportunity to ensure that the voice of families with young children with disabilities can be heard and, potentially, have influence over policy and practice.

The link to the survey is

Please share this link with others to get the word out!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Intel Reader...accessiblity in the palm of your hand?

At ATIA a couple weeks ago, the Intel Reader created a bit of a buzz. A number of people now know about the KReader and KNFB Reader from Kurzweil which allow a person to use a Nokia phone to take a picture of a piece of text, process the picture using OCR, and then use text to speech to have the text read to the user. The Intel reader does all of that and a bit more. While a bit bigger and bulkier, there are some really nice features. Check out the video below:

What are your thoughts?