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Toddler App and Cane System: An Innovative Program for Teaching Orientation and Mobility to Toddlers with Vision Impairment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: Institute of Education Sciences
Contract: edIES17C0041
Agency Tracking Number: edIES17C0041
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: edIES17R0005
Solicitation Number: edIES17R0005
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-01
Small Business Information
61 Kretch Cir
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
United States
DUNS: 079642627
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 grace ambrose-zaken
 (202) 245-7550
Business Contact
 grace ambrose-zaken
Phone: (202) 245-7550
Research Institution

With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of the Toddler App and Cane which is intended to improve functional and adaptive school readiness skills for toddlers with visual impairments. The prototype will include a wearable hardware-based cane that wraps around a child's waist and provides tactile and audio cues to facilitate walking, a curriculum with game activities and walking routes, and an app that provides updates to special education practitioners and parents on their children's progress. In a pilot study with 10 toddlers with visual impairments, and their teachers and parents, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether toddlers are engaged while using the prototype, and if teachers and parents believe the fully developed intervention will lead to increases in independence and school readiness.

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