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Context Understanding Technology to improve internet accessibility for users with

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44EY020082-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44EY020082
Amount: $924,451.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NEI
Solicitation Number: PA12-088
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-02-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-07-31
Small Business Information
Weaverville, NC 28787-9374
United States
DUNS: 155118362
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (828) 645-1026
Business Contact
Phone: (828) 645-4896
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant The purpose of this SBIR project is to develop a new tool to improve the ability of blind and visually impaired people to quickly get to the right web pages to avoid ending up on the wrong web pages and to reach the desired part of each web page efficiently The motivation for this effort is that getting a andapos big pictureandapos understanding of a web page is one of the biggest challenges facing this population of computer users Existing tools for blind and visually impaired people such as screen readers and screen magnifiers present the entire web page serially in full detail either by textual output of the details or b providing a magnified view of a small part of the page However if the user is not already familiar with the website the resulting lack of context requires a laborious and time consuming process to scan through sometimes hundreds of details before knowing whether anything of interest even exists on the page in question In contrast the proposed technology analyzes web pages in a similar way that sighted users quickly scan pages before reading in detail to provide a succinct informative guidance on the context and layout of the page so that a user quickly gains a much richer andquot big pictureandquot understanding The proposed Phase II project builds on a successful Phase I user evaluation of a proof of concept of the software in which users expressed a strong preference for the contextual cues provided by the approach Phase II includes creating a fully functional prototype of the software tool Throughout the technology development feedback from users and practitioners will guide the path of the Randamp D for maximum usability At the conclusion of Phase II an end user in home evaluation study will verify the effectiveness of the tool providing the starting point for full scale commercialization PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The Randamp D in this Phase II SBIR project will result in an improved way to use the Internet for individuals with visual disabilities The technology will help to overcome the lack of accessibility and high level of frustration currently found among blind and visually impaired users The results of the project will enable such individuals to explore new opportunities and be more productive thus providing improved employment potential and an increase in the quality of life

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