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Why Go It Alone? The Use of Public Resources to Enhance Computer Accessibility for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S060072
Agency Tracking Number: H133S060072
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S-1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2691 Fairmount Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97403
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Laurie Ehlhardt
 (541) 346-0572
Business Contact
 Laurie Ehlhardt
Phone: (541) 346-0572
Research Institution

Individuals with cognitive disabilities represent one of the fastest growing disability groups in the U. S. The potential for computer technology to increase social integration for this population is well-documented. However, cognitive and financial barriers frequently preclude the acquisition and maintenance of personal computer hardware, software programs, and Internet service. The Personal Access Computer Key (PACK) is a USB drive that circumvents these barriers by providing a portable computing environment. The PACK is designed to accommodate adapted software that can be launched on publicly accessible, updated computers maintained by on-site staff. The project employs an incremental design process to evaluate the feasibility of the PACK to launch an adapted email program ("CogLink") on publicly accessible computers.

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