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Researchers Display Technology That Assists People With Disabilities

National Science Foundation

Approximately 10 research projects aimed at reducing barriers that prevent people with disabilities from full participation in mathematics and science education will be on display Tuesday, October 20, at the National Science Foundation's Exhibit Center in Arlington, Va. The researchers responsible for these projects all funded by NSF's Program for Persons with Disabilities will discuss and demonstrate their state-of-the-art technology.

Examples of these ongoing research projects include:

  • CD-ROM Accessibility Project at WGBH Television's National Center for Accessible Media
  • Accessible multimedia calculus program from the City University of New York
  • Audio and tactile presentation of higher level mathematics from Oregon State University
  • Converting visual images into meaningful tactile graphics by University of Delaware researchers
  • Development by Automated Functions, Inc., of a stand-alone graphing calculator for blind students
  • Audiotactile chemistry course for the visually impaired from Purdue University
  • Production of tangible three-dimensional scientific models by Arizona State University scientists
  • Simultaneous display of digital audio and text from a CD ROM-based book from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Access to visual information by blind and dyslexic students is the most frequently cited difficulty identified for students with disabilities studying science and mathematics. Many NSF- supported projects address this problem area.

Who:
Larry Scadden, Program Director
National Science Foundation, Program for
Persons With Disabilities

What:
Projects and technology designed to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in science, mathematics and technology education.

Where:
National Science Foundation, Exhibit Center
4201 Wilson Blvd., 1st Floor (North)
Arlington, VA (Located between Ballston Metro subway station and Ballston Commons Mall)

When:
Tuesday, October 20, 1998
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
K. Lee Herring, (703) 306-1070/kherring@nsf.gov

Broadcasters:
B-roll will be available; contact Dena Headlee (pager: 1-888-937-5249)

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