Development and Evaluation of an Accessible Voice Recognition System (AVRS) for Individuals with Intellectual

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: H133S040085
Agency Tracking Number: H133S040085
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.133S1
Small Business Information
AbleLink Technologies, Inc
528 North Tejon Street, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Stock Steven
 (719) 592-0347
 steve@ablelinktech.com
Business Contact
 Steven Stock
Phone: (719) 592-0347
Email: steve@ablelinktech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Individuals with significant cognitive impairments have among the highest incidence of illiteracy. This, combined with the complex and text based interfaces of mainstream computer programs and operating systems, makes typical keyboard input largely inaccessible to this population. Voice recognition technology offers promise to overcoming this barrier, but currently provides the same barriers of excess complexity and text-based interfaces that prohibit access to those with limited conceptualization abilities and reading skills. For example, typical voice recognition software applications employ feature-rich text based dropdown menus and require users to read extensive on-screen text as a means of training the system to their unique voice qualities. This project is proposed to address these issues by employing proven multimedia, error minimization and other universal design software development techniques to create a simplified voice recognition application that is independently usable by individuals with a range of intellectual disabilities. Specifically, this project proposes research, development and feasibility evaluation of an Accessible Voice Recognition System (AVRS) that will enable students and adults with significant cognitive impairments to more independently control and navigate through computer operating systems and to create a variety of personal text documents.

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