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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H133S110021
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S110021
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
84.133S-1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AbleLink Technologies, Inc..
618 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008546678
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Davies
(719) 592-0347
dan@ablelinktech.com
Business Contact:
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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