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
Contract: R305S04023
Agency Tracking Number: R305S04023
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 84.305S
Small Business Information
528 N. Tejon St., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Davies Daniel
 (719) 592-0347
Business Contact
 Daniel Davies
Title: Mr
Phone: (719) 592-0347
Research Institution
Significant barriers existing today for individuals with intellectual disabilities preventing independent access to written information. The plethora of materials available electronically, including books, biographies, classic literature, and leisure titles, grows daily with the popularity of audio books as well as talking book services for individuals with visual disabilities. Regrettably, tools that exist to access these materials are not accessible to most individuals with intellectual disabilities. There is a 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. Phase I provided substantive empirical support for the contention that the Rocket Reader system can be used by individuals with intellectual disabilities to access electronic books significantly more independently as compared to two leading electronic book programs. Phase II will build on these results to develop a palmtop computer based application that will enable individuals with intellectual disabilities to access electronic documents of their own choosing. The Rocket Reader system enables individuals with intellectual disabilities to access and utilize electronic materials in a variety of formats, including audio books, text documents, and documents created in XML format proposed by the National File Format initiative.

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