Development and Evaluation of an Independently Usable Interface to Facebook for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S110021
Agency Tracking Number: H133S110021
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: 84.133S-1
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AbleLink Technologies, Inc..
618 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-
Duns: 008546678
Hubzone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Davies
 (719) 592-0347
Business Contact
Research Institution
This project develops and evaluates a software interface into the social media website Facebook that is independently usable by individuals with intellectual disabilities, including those with limited or no literacy skills. The software system provides a multimedia (e.g., voice recording, icons, text-to-speech) interface, a customizable filtering tool to limit screen features, and computer-generated prompts to guide the user using Facebook’s Software Development Kit and open development opportunities. A feasibility study is conducted to determine if the simplified multimedia interface approach can significantly increase independent access to the most commonly used Facebook features for students and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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