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Changing Lives Newsletter: Spring 2015

March 29, 2015

AbleLink Awarded Phase II Grant for Digital Storyteller
Imagine a world where people with intellectual disabilities could freely express themselves through a storybook. Now imagine how powerful it would be if they independently created and narrated it.

This is just one of the powerful tools that researchers and developers are working on at AbleLink's lab. According to Steven Stock, AbleLink Vice President, "The literacy skills of many students and adults with intellectual disabilities often restricts their ability to fully express themselves. Transcription through another can accidentally filter what the individual is trying to say, but all too often the story never gets out and we never get to learn their unique perspectives."

Digital Storyteller will provide the cues and tools to guide the individual through the process of taking pictures, recording their voice to narrate, and then publishing their creation in a standard format that can be shared.

We will keep you posted on this exciting development.

It was great to see so many of our old friends and colleagues at ATIA in January. The energy in the exhibit hall was remarkable this year. If we missed you, hopefully our paths will cross soon. Those who stopped by our booth were treated to their personal favorite Keurig coffee as they played with our new iOS and Android apps.

Our "3-series" of apps now includes:
Visual Impact 3 (iOS): Video modeling with step-by-step details for the iPad.
Endeavor 3 (iOS): Simple scheduling and quick reminder tool
WayFinder 3 (Android): Simple, yet powerful Garmin that anybody can use.

For more information about our past and current research projects, click on the "Research" tab on our website or contact us directly.

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