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KFAI Program featuring Christopher Harmon, talented author and film maker, who happens to have several physical and sensory disabilities. This program serves as an enormous testimonial to the power of determination and the many challenges faced by Christopher and by the interpreters through whom he communicates.
See Where It's AT host Phil Kragnes on Tech Talk!
Tech Talk! is produced by Academic & Distributed Computing Services and the Digital Media Center, Office of Information Technology in cooperation with University Relations, University of Minnesota.
Dianne Goodwin, Blue Sky Design
This program features Dianne Goodwin, Founder and Director of Research and Development for Blue Sky Designs. Dianne discusses several assistive technology products developed in partnership with various agencies and organizations, her personal passion for designing solutions with an emphasis on universal design and what's next for Blue Sky.
Mike Calvo from Serotek Corporation
Mike Calvo from Serotek Corporation demonstrates exciting developments in their flag-ship product Freedom Box. Freedom Box offers a multi input interface allowing the user access to the Internet with the keyboard, mouse, speech or any combination of these three input options. Mike also discusses two new products based on the Freedom Box concept and with portability and universal design in mind.
Taylor Kearns from the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
Taylor Kearns from the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) discusses some of the computer training oportunities availible at MCIL for people with disabilities.
Jean Parker of Disability Radio World Wide
Jean Parker of Disability Radio World Wide discusses the assistive technology that she uses in her work as a freelance journalist, student and teacher. Disability Radio Worldwide is a dynamic, 30-minute weekly program broadcast by FM stations, radio reading services, over the Internet, and on shortwave radio. The weekly broadcasts originate from Radio for Peace International in Costa Rica on short wave frequencies 7445 and 15050 - Mondays at 19:00 UTC; Tuesdays at 01:00, 07:00, and 13:00 UTC; Fridays at 20:30 UTC; and Saturdays at 02:30, 08:30, and 14:30 UTC. Check the web site for changes in times and frequencies at www.rfpi.org/quarterly-sked.html.
Independence Technology, a division of Johnson and Johnson
Rob Boyce and Mike Krivitch from Independence Technology, a division of Johnson and Johnson, talk about the iBOT mobility system that can climb stairs and curbs, raise the user up to eye-level and navigate many types of uneven terrain; and the iGLIDE, a Manual Assist Wheelchair, the first fully integrated manual assist wheelchair system that is designed to supplement the user's strength, providing the extra boost needed to easily handle different surfaces, terrains, and inclines.
The SETT Framework for Assistive Technology
Special Education 2004 for Professionals satellite broadcast hosted by the Minnesota Department of Education. Join Cathy Wurzer from Minnesota Public Radio as she interviews Joy Zabala, who developed the SETT framework, and Joan Breslin Larson the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. This two part program discusses the SETT framework and how it relates to the student and their environment; the tasks that occur in the students natural environment which allows progress towards meeting IEP goals; and the tools that are necessary to match the needs of the student.
November 26, 2003 live Web cast on assistive technology, employment and disabilities
Joani Werner from the Social Security Administration and Mark Siegel and Pamela Baker from the Minnesota Department of Human Services discuss programs that promote employment for people with disabilities and employers.
PACER Simon Technology Center
Annette Ceretta from PACER Center talks about the PACER Simon Technology Center and the many assistive technology services they have to offer to Minnesotans with disabilities.
Social Security Administration PASS Program
James Czechowicz from the Social Security Administration, discusses the PASS program. PASS stands for "Plan For Achieving Self Support" and is a program that allows persons receiving SSD (Social Security Disability) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) to continue to receive benefits, as they transition into the work force with the ultimate goal of becoming self supporting.
Minnesota Disability Law Center
Jennifer Giesen, an Attorney for the Minnesota Disability Law Center discusses the critical role this non-profit organization plays in providing advocacy services related to assistive technology for people with disabilities in the state of Minnesota.
Scott Hegle, Regional Sales Manager for Freedom Scientific discusses several new developments with products such as the Pacmate (the first personal data assistant for people who are blind), the JAWS for Windows screen reader and much more.
Larry Lewis and Mike May of PulseData/HumanWare demonstrate and discuss the features of the Braille Note personal data assistant.
Author and Registered Occupational Therapist, Jim Bauer discusses barriers encountered by people with dyslexia, coping mechanisms people often use to hide or disguise their learning disability and the two books he has written on the topic.
Brain Actuated Technologies
President and Founder of Brain Actuated Technologies, Doctor Andrew Junker, discusses a device called the Cyber Link that allows people with severe mobility impairments to control a computer using subtle muscle movement and brain wave activity.
Gillette Children's Specialty Care Clinics
Patti Bahr and Ronna Linroth discuss the many programs and services that are offered by Gillette Children's Lifetime Specialty Care Clinics and how they benefit people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy or CP like conditions.
United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota
Jo Erbes, Executive Director for United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota, discusses the Minnesota Assistive technology Loan Network, various types of augmentative communications devices and several exciting up-coming events.
Freedom Scientific and Braille literacy
Frank Irzyk, Product Manager for Freedom Scientific discusses exciting new products from Freedom Scientific that promote Braille literacy.
Web Accessibility with Phil Kragnes
Phil Kragnes, Assistive Technology Specialist at the University of Minnesota's Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) offers a fresh and interesting perspective on Web accessibility.
The Minnesota AgrAbility Project
Beth Zabel, Registered Occupational Therapist talks about how the Minnesota AgrAbility Project works to meet the needs of disabled people living in rural areas.
The Department of Children, Families and Learning
Joan Breslin Larson, Assistive Technology Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning talks about how DCFL helps to assure that children with disabilities receive a fair and appropriate public education (FAPE) and discusses several resources and up-coming events.
Sue Redepenning, Registered Occupational Therapist and Licensed Driving Instructor discusses how Drive Safe works with disabled Minnesotans who would like to learn how to drive or question their ability to continue driving safely.
Assistive Technology of Minnesota
Carol Fury, Executive Director of Assistive Technology of Minnesota, discusses the services that this not-for-profit organization provides to disabled Minnesotans and talks about several statewide initiatives and projects with which they are involved.
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