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Virginia Transition Forum Showcases AT for Students with Disabilities

Adam Amick has a Bluetooth-enabled microphone to help with his hearing loss and an iPad that can store many of his heavy textbooks so he doesn’t have to carry them around. Amick is a 19-year-old sophomore at Virginia Wesleyan College who has cerebral palsy. On Tuesday, he attended an adaptive technology fair at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott as part of the Virginia Transition Forum.

The forum, put on by the state rehabilitation services and education departments, is designed to help students with disabilities prepare for life beyond high school. More than 1,000 people across the state registered for the event.

The technology fair showed off low- and high-tech devices, including the iPad, iPad2 and iPod Touch. “Smartpens” record audio while a student takes notes. A click of the pen on the page takes the note-taker back to the accompanying audio. That’s helpful for kids who may have a hard time taking notes. ECO2 and ECOpoint track a person’s eye movements and type the corresponding word or picture they focus on.

The fair also included the NewWell Fund, which provides low-interest loans to help residents with disabilities pay for assistive technology.

The main goal of the forum, he said, is “trying to come up with a way for disabled people to be mainstreamed into society. We want to be treated like everybody else. We’re trying to make society better at accepting disabled people.”

 For the full article, see: New Tech Gadgets Aid Students


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