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Improving Blind People's Graphical Information Literacy

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43EY024808-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43EY024808
Amount: $148,375.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NEI
Solicitation Number: PA13-234
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
CORVALLIS, OR 97333-9555
United States
DUNS: 23960367
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (541) 754-4002
Business Contact
Phone: (541) 754-4002
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This Phase I proposal is to develop audio-tactile reading technologies. These should greatly improve access by blind people to typical graphs, charts, and diagrams in modern news, business, or scientific literature. Such access could dramatically improve their educational and professional opportunities. Quality of life for blind people is a mission of the National Eye Institute. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The ultimate goal of this proposal is to stimulate a paradigm shift in how graphical information is read by blind people. Because very few blind people can read a tactile graphic, graphics are presently made accessible by including a word description. Words are simply inadequate for many common graphics such as maps, charts, and diagrams. Blind people can easily read a tactile graphic if good audio or braille feedback is available, but such audio-tactile technology today is considered too complex and expensive to be practical. V

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