AV Technologies That Help Disabled Students Learn to Read Sought

The U.S. government is seeking research proposals for the development of audio, visual technologies that improve reading performance among middle school students with disabilities.
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The U.S. government is seeking research proposals for the development of audio, visual technologies that improve reading performance among middle school students with disabilities.

On May 26, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) posted the Federal Register notice, “Applications for New Awards; Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities; Research and Development Center on the Use of Emerging Technologies To Improve Literacy Achievement for Students With Disabilities in Middle School.”

Managing the program is DoE’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, which says, “Technology can play a role in remediating academic deficits, and has the potential to improve the literacy achievement of students, including students with disabilities, at the middle school level.”

“New technologies, such as collaborative online environments, multiplayer and alternate reality games, electronic books, mobile broadband, augmented reality, learning analytics, and personalized web-based environments offer new forms of powerful and engaging learning opportunities,” according to the office of Special Education. In addition, the office says the program has specific goals that applicants need to be aware of. Those goals are: Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration and use of technology.

Support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities. Provide support for captioning and video description that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting.

The deadline for filing applications is July 25, 2011. For more information on DoE’s Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities grant program go to gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-26/html/2011-13107.htm.

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