We ALWAYS feel like the time is right for innovation, and couldn’t feel more positive about that now. A panel at our Nov conference responded to the question, Is now the time for accessibility with the economic downturn and financial crisis? Panelists responded YES! This IS the time. There are solid plans for accessible technologies, ensuring all students are learning – especially in STEM areas, and money for innovation in the Dept of Education.The Issue Paper recommends five key action items for the field of learning and assistive technology developers, researchers, and educators:
We have a lot going on, and almost all of it is communicated through our web site and our biweekly newsletter, QuickClicks.
Screenshot of innovator profile of Ron HuInnovator Profiles are a signature piece of content on the NCTI web site. We conduct interviews w innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers who are working in the disability market, trying to keep abreast of developments as well as celebrate all the good work going on.Larry Goldberg was a featured Innovator on NCTI a year or so ago
Screenshot of tech in the works competition
Sponsoring a competition is one of the ways we put our $ where our agenda is. We sponsor up to five awards each year of $15,000 which must be matched by the proposal team. In this way, we encourage collaboration between researchers and vendors. This is the fourth year of the competition and it has been a great success for us to promote research, get research findings out to the field quickly, and to understand how collaboration can work between researchers and vendors and settings such as schools and clinics.
Another activity we do regularly is track trends on AT and ed tech. Here is an image of our tag cloud which is how we are currently displaying and organizing our trend categories.
Accessible Media Opener For Necc 2009
Trends and Futures in Accessible Media in the ClassroomPhilip Piety, Ph.D.NCTI Educational Information Specialist&Larry GoldbergNCAM Director of Media AccessCSUN 2009<br />
NCTI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). We seek to broaden and enrich the field by providing resources and promoting partnerships for the development of tools and applications by developers, manufacturers, producers, publishers and researchers.<br />Objectives: <br />To cultivate a collaborative network<br />To promote innovative products that reach the marketplace<br />To analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation and transfer approaches<br />
The time is right for innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.<br />
2009 Tech in the Works Competition<br />Intent:<br />To fund quick turnaround collaborative research that informs the development of learning and assistive technologies to improve educational results for all students, particularly those with disabilities.<br />