The Department of Education has awarded 11 small businesses with grants to conduct research and develop technology that makes life and learning easier for individuals with disabilities.
The 11 businesses were awarded a total of 16 grants of $75,000 each, totaling a $1.2 million investment.
“These projects are designed to help people with disabilities maximize their job productivity and economic self-sufficiency,” said Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). “This is the first step of research and development in several areas that will enhance independent living and employment for individuals with disabilities.”
- AbleLink Technologies, Inc. – A Remote Schedule Management and Monitoring System to Support Personal Scheduling by Individuals with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities; and A Cloud-based Activity Support System to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities; and Development and Evaluation of an Independently Usable Interface to Facebook for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
- CreateAbility Concepts, Inc. – A Talking SmartPhone and Tablet application that Helps People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired to Fully Utilize Devices with Visual Flat-Panel Displays; and A Novel Electronic Aids for Daily Living System for People Who Cannot Use Their Hands
- Vcom3D, Inc. – Mobile Communication App for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals; and Mobile Signing Math Dictionaries with Mouth Morphemes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. – Computer and Online Software That Provides ASL Translation and Publishing Capabilities
- Advanced Medical Electronics Corp. – Low-cost Computer Graphics Screen Reader for the Vision Impaired
- Good Nutrition Ideas, LLC – Nutrition Program for Community-based Group Homes for Persons with Intellectual or Development Disabilities
- Koronis Biomedical Technologies Corp. – Neurocognitive Training to Improve Executive Function
- Charmtech Labs LLC – Goal-Oriented Browsing: The Next Generation Web Accessibility Technology for People with Visual Impairments; and Ubiquitous Web Access for People with Vision Impairments
- Assistech Systems LLC – HealthChecker: Development of an Accessible Web-Based Application for Self-Assessment of Personal Health and Wellness by Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities
- Minnesota HealthSolutions – Automatic Accident Prevention System for Independent Wheelchair Users
- Dental R.A.T., LLC – Foot-Operated Mouse for the Disability Market.