Enabling Technology

Social impact: Acceptance

Project ideas

Sign Language to Speech

Categories | Disabilities: Auditory | Interfaces: Auditory | Interfaces: Devices | Communication: Face-to-face | Social impact: Acceptance |

Description - How far are we from using a laptop to interpret ASL to speech? There are papers on recognizing ASL by processing video. Is a camera-equipped laptop powerful enough? Possibly as important, what *could* we do with a camera-equipped laptop? There are "gloves" designed for gamers, could that be used to help interpret ASL?

Mental Models

Categories | Social impact: Education | Social impact: Acceptance | Disabilities: Visual |

Description - What kinds of models do people who have always been blind have for space, scale, projection, etc.? How might computer aids or specific lessons address changing that model? Research this topic and report on your findings. Develop a prototype if appropriate.

Phonetic Spell Checker

Categories | Disabilities: Visual | Information visualization: Text | Social impact: Acceptance |

Description - People often notice mistakes in their writing when they look at a word and notice it is 'not quite right.' What if you cannot see the word spelled out? How can you know a word is spelled incorrectly when a screen reader speaks things phonetically? For instance, 'nock' and 'knock' are pronounced the same by JAWS, but mean totally different things. In most cases, the first is most likely a spelling mistake. Research and build a spell checker that parses text based on phonetic spellings and indicates when a word might be spelled incorrectly.

External links

People First Language

Categories | Social impact: Acceptance |

Description - The page talks about the proper way to refer to people with disabilities.

Submitted by Gary Bishop

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Issues

Categories | Disabilities: Cognitive | Social impact: Acceptance | Social impact: Education |

Description - This article discusses a possible population of students who have learning disabilities and also academic gifts. If one or the other is overlooked, school may not meet the needs of the student. The article mentions that neither traditional resource rooms nor an inclusive classroom may be appropriate for these students. This article does not contain many suggestions for solutions, but it is an interesting perspective. Instead of viewing learning disabilities and academic talents as disjoint, they may be more related than we think.

Submitted by Kelly Van Busum

Overcoming Dyslexia Article

Categories | Disabilities: Cognitive | Social impact: Acceptance | Social impact: Education |

Description - This is an interesting article about several successful businessmen (including Charles Schwab and John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco) who have dyslexia. The article discusses their experiences in school and in business and how dyslexia has influenced their lives positively and negatively.

Submitted by Kelly Van Busum

Designing Webpages for Dyslexic Readers

Categories | Disabilities: Cognitive | Social impact: Acceptance | Social impact: Legal issues |

Description - Outlines the principles of good web-page design for a dyslexic audience

Submitted by Fred Brooks

Adaptive Technology for the Internet: Making Electronic Resources Accessible to All

Categories | Disabilities: Visual | Disabilities: Auditory | Disabilities: Physical | Disabilities: Cognitive | Disabilities: Medical | Social impact: Acceptance | Social impact: Legal issues |

Description - Online book about accessibility.

Submitted by Fred Brooks