Volume I Number 2, April 1994

Feature Articles

ITD Technotes: Speech Synthesis

Alistair D. N. Edwards

Abstract: This is the first in a series of ITD articles on the basics of adaptive technologies. In simple, non-technical language, the author provides a brief introduction to synthetic speech technology which is currently used by individuals with speech and/or visual impairments.

Project Link: Consumer Information for Persons with Disabilities

William C. Mann, OTR, Ph.D.

Abstract: Project LINK, established in 1993 at the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Buffalo in New York, is a free information service to help people learn about assistive devices. Many people with disabilities are not aware of the wide variety of available assistive devices, or they lack information on where to obtain them. At the same time, companies marketing assistive devices have difficulty reaching people who most need their products, as listings of people with disabilities are confidential. Project LINK bridges the information gap between the people who purchase assistive devices and the companies which make and/or sell them.

C-Note: A Computerized Notetaking System for Hearing-Impaired Students in Mainstream Post-Secondary Education

Andrew Cuddihy, Brian Fisher, Rick Gordon and Elizabeth Schumaker

Abstract: Computerized notetaking is an effective tool being used by hearing-impaired students at lectures and seminars in mainstream classes in colleges and universities. This article describes C-Note, a program that provides significant benefit over existing computerized notetaking. C-Note -- developed by a computer programmer who is a student with a hearing impairment and a learning specialist -- allows communication between the student and the notetaker, independent use of linked computers, and production of hard copy notes from each. The C-Note system architecture is described in detail. Advantages of the system for the student with a hearing impairment are discussed.

Job Evaluation

Frank DiPalermo

Abstract: The task of evaluating the job site for a disabled employee can be a complex one, but breaking down the job into its individual components can simplify the evaluation procedure. This article describes the requirements and process used to evaluate, design and implement workplace strategies and technology for a new employee who has a disability.

Assistive Technology Funding in the Workplace

Steven B. Mendelsohn

Abstract: Many employers are unaware of the funding sources available for adaptive technology in the workplace. In this article, Steven B. Mendelsohn discusses some of the potential sources of funding.

An Innovative Interdisciplinary Program: Rehabilitation Engineering Technology

Darlene Miller, Associate Professor
Rehabilitation Engineering Technology

Abstract: The United States currently faces a shortage of rehabilitation professionals with expertise in engineering technology. The need for rehabilitation engineering technicians, in particular, has been recognized in the wake of new legislation that ensures the civil rights of persons with disabilities and highlights a need for their improved access to rehabilitation services and assistive devices. Responding to this national need, Vermont Technical College (VTC) was the first educational institution in the country to offer an associate's degree program in Rehabilitation Engineering Technology. The curriculum, which focuses on applied science, production, problem-solving and assistive technology modification, promises to produce skilled technicians who can offer a range of specialized products and services to persons with disabilities. As an innovative program, VTC's new Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (RET) program has gained national notice and sparked considerable interest. Other institutions interested in establishing similar programs are eager for information about program content and curriculum.