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A MICROCOMPUTER SCREENING SYSTEM FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14171
Amount: $30,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1990
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
14350 Ne 21st
Bellevue, WA 98007
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tina Ruppelt
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Research Institution
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Abstract

THIS PROPOSAL REQUESTS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR EDMARK, A SMALL BUSINESS IN BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, TO DEVELOPAND FIELD-TEST A HARDWARE/SOFTWARE PACKAGE TO ADDRESS THE POSSIBLE DISABILITIES BY TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS. PUBLIC LAW 99-457 REQUIRES THE IDENTIFICATION AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. QUALIFIED PERSONAL, REMOTE LOCATION, OR OTHER REASONS. A PARAPROFESSIONAL, THIS PROPOSAL REEQUESTS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR EDMARK, A SMALL BUSINESS IN BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, TO DEVELOPAND FIELD-TEST A HARDWARE/SOFTWARE PACKAGE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF THE SCREENING OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH POSSIBLE DISABILITIES BY TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS. PUBLIC LAW 99-457 REQUIRES THE IDENTIFICATION AND PROVISION OF SERVICESTO YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. QUALIFIED PSYCHOLOGISTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, HEADSTART PROGRAMS, AND OTHER AGENCIES, HOWEVER, DUE TO LACKOF QUALIFIED PERSONAL, REMOTE LOCATION, OR OTHER REASONS. APARAPROFESSIONAL, (INCLUDING PARENTS, CLASSROOM AIDES, AND VOLUNTEERS) AND PRESCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY TEACHERS, COULD MAKE INITIAL SCREENINGS, HOWEVER, WITH THE HELP OF A MICROCOMPUTER-BASED SYSTEM. THE KEY HARDWARE ELEMENT WHICH MAKES THIS PROJECT FEASIBLE IS A LOW COST TOUCH SENSITIVE SCREEN OVERLAY, THE TOUCH WINDOW, WHICH CAN ACCEPT THE POINTING AND DRAWING RESPONSES OF YOUNG CHILDREN DIRECTLY. SOFTWARE WILL DISPLAY CAREFULLY CONTROLLED STIMULI FOR THE CORRECT LENGTH OF TIME AND RECORD THE CHILD'S RESPONSE PRECISELY. BRANCHING RESPONSES OF THE PROGRAM WILL MIMIC ANEXPERT PSYCHOLOGIST IN DECIDING WHICH TASKS ARE APPROPRIATE NEXT. SCORING WILL BE DONE INTERNALLY, AND RESULTS REPORTEDWITH THE CORRECT CAUTIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS INTEGRATED INTO THE RESULTS. THE END PRODUCT WILL BE A RELATIVELY LOW-COST SYSTEM OF HARDWARE/SOFTWARE FOR USE WITH WIDELY AVAILABLE MICROCOMPUTERS WHICH WOULD ALLOW INITIAL DETERMINATION OF COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING, LEARNING DISABILITIES, AND LEARNING STYLES FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL AGES FROM 3 TO 10 YEARS. IN PHASE I, EDMARK WILL FIELD-TEST THE FIRST MODULE OF SCREENING SOFTWARE WITH THE TOUCH WINDOW INTERFACE. THE ANTICIPATED DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FUNDING WILL SUPPORT THE WORK OF EDMARK PERSONNEL AND CONSULTANTS IN PLACING PROTOTYPE HARDWARE/SOFTWARE UNITSIN A VARIETY OF TEST SITES. CHILD AND PARAPROFESSIONAL RESPONSES WILL BE ASSESSED. VALIDITY OF THE SCREENINGS WILLBE EXAMINED. IN PHASE II, ADDITIONAL TESTING MODULES WILL BE DEVELOPED AND LARGER SCALE FIELD TRIALS WILL OCCUR.

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