Digital Aided Descriptions (DAD): Encouraging Learning Among Children with Visual Disabilities Through Creativity and Dialogue

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 90BI0027
Agency Tracking Number: 90BI0027
Amount: $74,773.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: HHS-2016-ACL-NIDILRR-BI-0142
Small Business Information
1511 E State Road 434, Ste 2001, Winter Springs, FL, 32708-5644
DUNS: 186947078
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maria Diaz
 (407) 389-0712
Business Contact
 Maria Diaz
Phone: (407) 389-0712
Research Institution
The goal of this project is to provide children with visual disabilities accessible technology that will enhance their community living and participation in an educational setting. The main objective is to give these children access to visual images through added description, while improving their literacy skills through a collaborative process with their peers without visual disabilities. The customizable and user-friendly Digital Aided Descriptions (DAD) web platform is aimed toward children grades K to 6. Phase I of this project includes the development of a prototype, and an evaluation of feasibility and usability conducted in cooperation with Educational Vision Services, NYC Department of Education. Test results provide the foundation for Phase II where DAD is refined and finalized. Anticipated outcomes include progress in vocabulary and reading comprehension for both children with vision impairments and their classmates, enhanced socialization and engagement of children in a cooperative learning environment, and increased access to images used in education. Potential customers include Local Education Agencies, school districts, assistive technology providers, and federal and state technology assistance centers. The bilingual (English-Spanish) capabilities of DAD provide opportunities for distribution around the world.

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