Rocket Reader: A simplified PDA-based portable reading system for enabling access to audio books and electronic documents for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
R305S04023
Agency Tracking Number:
R305S04023
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
84.305S04
Small Business Information
AbleLink Technologies, Inc.
528 N. Tejon St., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Davies Daniel
Mr
(719) 592-0347
dan@ablelinktech.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Davies
Mr
(719) 592-0347
dan@ablelinktech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
One of the most significant barriers existing today for individuals with intellectual disabilities is the inability for much of this population to independently read and access written information. The plethora of materials available electronically, including books, biographies, audio books as well as talking book services for individuals with visual and learning disabilities. Regrettably, while the amount of information now available electronically is greater than ever, tools that exist to access these materials have not been developed with individuals intellectual disabilities in mind, thus making them practically not available to this population. There is great need for innovative solutions to rectify this disparity and make available the educational and recreational benefits offered by electronic books and materials to individuals with intellectual disabilities. In this project we will develop Rocket Reader, a palmtop computer based application that will enable individuals with intellectual difficulties to access electronic books and documents of their own choosing. In Phase I we will identify the requirements for the system, design and build a software prototype, and conduct a pilot study to evaluate the utility of the system.

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