ERIC Number: ED354684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Examining Advanced Technologies for Benefits to Persons with Sensory Impairments. Final Report.
Hinton, Daniel E., Sr.
This final report describes activities and products of an 18-month study on improving access of persons with sensory impairments to media, telecommunications, electronic correspondence, and other communications devices by means of technological advancements. Ten scenarios were developed which describe potential applications of: (1) Braille devices (a major technology shift is required to design a full-page Braille display); (2) input/output devices (alternative display or translator devices to computers are needed); (3) visible light spectrum manipulation (computer access, night vision, and image enhancement technology can improve access to printed media); (4) flat panel displays (key technologies include hand-held or flatbed scanners with optical character reader software); (5) descriptive video (costs seem to be the barrier to implementation); (6) adaptive modems (combined access to telephone devices for the deaf and data transmission over telephone lines is needed); (7) telecommunications systems (development of voice recognition systems, call progress information, and access to automatic message answering systems is needed); (8) voice recognition systems (voice recognition systems that are speaker independent are required); (9) video teleconferencing/data compression (true video phones--but not picture phones--are attractive to deaf persons); and (10) portable power systems (selection of appropriate power sources is urged). Appendices, which constitute the bulk of this report, include a conceptual framework document, the information collecting plan, a 10-year development plan, and the full text of all 10 scenario papers. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Blindness, Braille, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Input Output Devices, Interactive Video, Sensory Aids, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Science Applications International Corp., Arlington, VA.