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Written by: Jen Crozier

When it comes to education, data shows that deep knowledge and practical skills in science and math levels the playing field of opportunity for a diverse population of young people, regardless of zip code. Despite the fact that success in math in the elementary grades connects directly to achievement across all subjects, elementary school teachers – who teach all subjects – often do not get either the preparation or support they need to improve their ability to teach math effectively.

All researchers agree on one data point: nothing produces high levels of student achievement more than quality teaching. We have seen how rigorous STEM education in IBM P-TECH 9-14 schools is already propelling successful graduates into college and new-collar careers. And we’ve learned that by forging deep partnerships among the public and private sectors, we can prepare young people to compete in the global economy while meeting the growing needs of industry. And yet, despite their best efforts, many teachers lack the resources to help them deliver higher quality instruction.

And so today, the IBM International Foundation is announcing an exciting development in our ongoing drive to strengthen education at all levels and help prepare the next generation of STEM leaders. Teacher Advisor With Watson focuses the innovative power of IBM cognitive computing on perhaps the most critical – yet all-too-overlooked – aspect of education: helping teachers improve their skills and educate our children more effectively. Read the remainder of this entry »

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NASA is recruiting! Students with disabilities wanted!

Posted October 27, 2017 By Lee Learson

By Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities.  We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. Internships are a good way to get real-world experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at <http://www.usajobs.gov>. Students can apply for Summer 2018 now! The deadline for submitting applications will be Thursday, March 1, 2018. We will begin extending offers to students in mid-to-late January and will continue until all positions are filled. If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to nasainterns-request@freelists.org with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at http://www.freelists.org/list/nasainterns

Internships run for ten weeks for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships run for six weeks for high school students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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BENEFITS OF AUDIO DESCRIPTION IN EDUCATION CONTEST

Posted October 23, 2017 By Lee Learson

Young People Who Are Blind Write Reviews of Film and Video…

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest.

Kids love movies! Multimedia experiences are integral to public, private, and special education curriculum. Audio description provides access to all the visual images of the films and videos that sighted young people enjoy.

Students choose an audio-described film or video from the more than 6,000 titles available through Read the remainder of this entry »

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UConn Introduces Adaptive Sports Program

Posted September 15, 2017 By Lee Learson

By Antonio Salazar, staff writer for The Daily Campu

The University of Connecticut became a pioneer in the world of adapted sports by bringing a wheelchair basketball program to campus this fall. Mike Willie, a former graduate student at UConn, approached the university about creating a student organization and in the spring of 2017, Husky Adapted was created.

Willie’s goal for the organization was not only to start an adaptive sports program, but also to promote diversity and inclusiveness on campus for students with disabilities.

Assisting Willie in the process is Ryan Martin, Connecticut resident and former professional wheelchair basketball player.

At UConn, Martin is looking to set the standard and create a plan for other schools to have adapted sports programs.

“The UConn model would be there to show other universities how to go about creating an action plan. This would include tasks like how to assess the population, how to build stakeholders internally and externally, as well as creating a viable business model,” Martin said. “We are hoping that by creating this plan and showing how it can be done, that it will allow for other universities to have a more optimistic view that the creation of programs like this can be done going forward.” Read the remainder of this entry »

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Volunteer at ATIA 2018

Posted August 30, 2017 By Lee Learson

Share your time and expertise at ATIA 2018 by becoming a volunteer! ATIA is looking for volunteers to serve as session monitors, sighted guides, and poster scanners. In exchange for volunteering at the conference, volunteers will receive a 50% discount on ATIA 2018 registration!

Poster Scanner

Session Monitor

Sighted Guide

Pre-Conference: January 30-31 | Conference: January 31 – February 3

Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center | Orlando, FL

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Amazon Video Announces Support for Audio Description

Posted June 28, 2017 By Lee Learson

American Counsel for the Blind and The Audio Description Project are pleased to announce with Amazon Video the availability of AUDIO DESCRIBED movies and TV shows — over 125 of them initially!  The ADP website now lists 117 movies and 10 Amazon-produced TV shows, all with audio description tracks.  Sample movie titles include:

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Fences
  • Gravity
  • As well as multiple offerings of Harry Potter, Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible, and Paranormal Activity.

In addition to movies, Amazon is offering Read the remainder of this entry »

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The Braille Nature Trail & Sensory Garden Directory

Posted June 24, 2017 By Lee Learson

According to the World Health Organization, about 285 million people adults and children worldwide are blind or visually impaired. Navigating the outdoors is challenging for the visually impaired, and Braille trails and Sensory Gardens offer sustainable opportunities for increased mobility and access to nature.

Nature for All has launched a new website to bring outdoor experiences to the blind and visually impaired. This website provides locations and information about Read the remainder of this entry »

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Wearable EMG Assistive Technology

Posted June 22, 2017 By Lee Learson

Reprint from Wearable Technology Insights 

NeuroNode is the world’s first wearable EMG assistive technology device developed by Control Bionics. It gives those with ALS/MND, spinal cord injury, or any other condition causing paralysis and loss of speech a connection to the world. The NEURONODE uses the body’s bioelectric EMG (electromyographic) signals to completely control a computer to generate speech, browse the web, listen to music, and more. It is resistive/augmentative communication (AAC) technology that is easy to use and works for conditions like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), MND, SCI, or cerebral palsy.

EMG, or “electromyography,” is the measurement of electrical activity associated with the activation of a muscle group as detected by non-invasive electrodes on the surface of the skin. EMG signals have been used in clinical and research settings since the 1980s for things like diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, rehabilitation, and controlling prosthetic devices.

It has taken more than 11 years developing EMG technology as a communications channel for people with severe paralysis. EMG technology is most promising because it taps directly into the available controllable signals being sent from the brain to muscles, even if they are not detectable physically. The NeuroNode can detect and amplify Read the remainder of this entry »

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The Reeve Foundation has awarded seven grants focused on exceptional access to assistive equipment and technology, totaling to $520,996.  Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Illinois, Virginia and Kentucky have received support for their innovative assistive technology programs. For details….. read on Read the remainder of this entry »

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Reprinted from AbleGamers Charity

We utilize fun to bring inclusion and improved quality of life for people with disabilities through the power of video games. 

With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special custokids playing video game mized controllers, we find a way for people to play video games no matter their disability. When our accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual, we’re using the latest, bleeding edge technology to bridge the gap between ability and desire.

How We’re Making Fun… Read the remainder of this entry »

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