8.0476 Adaptive Telecast Deadline (1/156)

Tue, 25 Apr 1995 00:08:28 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0476. Tuesday, 25 Apr 1995.

Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 15:34:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Adaptive Telecast Deadline is Approaching

The satellite telecast described below on the topic of adaptive computer
technology is rapidly approaching. May 4 is the deadline after which
you will be charged a late registration fee. Our program development is
moving ahead, and I am pleased at our progress. I believe you will find
this a worthwhile investment of your time and your institution's funds.20

Norman Coombs, Ph.D. 20
Professor of History Rochester Institute of Technology
Chair, EASI Equal Access to Software and Information
EASI www url http://www.rit.edu/~easi

****** Note:
For further information, contact PBS in the ways listed below.


Liberating People with Disabilities Through Adaptive Technology"

Live Via Satellite and Closed Captioned
May 18, 1995
2:30-4:30 pm ET
Standard Fee: $295
ALSS/TBC: $195
Late fee: 09 $25 (after May 4, 1995)
Produced by: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Sponsored by: RIT, PBS, AAHE Project EASI

Printed program resource materials are included in fee.
Registration info follows at the end of this message.

Adaptive technology has the potential to remove obstacles to social access and
employment for persons with disabilities. Such equipment can empower People to
help themselves, yet fear of disabilities and ignorance of technology can
hinder the use of adaptive technology. This videoconference will not only
review the hardware and software that is now or soon to be available,
but will also examine ways to overcome barriers to their use.
New ADA regulations make this topic a must for all who are trying to
comply. Given the constant changes and updates in the technology available for
persons with disabilities, this direct satellite telecast can bring the latest
information to your community like no other medium. Users and providers of
adaptive technology will gain information about new government regulations
relative to the ADA and will learn how to plan and fund acquisition of
equipment, the reasons to adapt, and what the future holds for adaptive

Those who will want to attend include:
A5 personnel directors, managers and staff
A5 ADA compliance managers and staff
A5 special services coordinators and staff
A5 computing managers and computer lab assistants
librarians and library staff
legal counselors
higher education faculty
principals and administrators
k-12 special education teachers
anyone interested in how the technology can help persons wi=
th ANY 09
09kind of disability


Norman Coombs has been teaching history at the Rochester Institute of
Technology since 1961 and is a leader in using computer mediated communication
to mainstream physically disabled teachers and learners. Professor Coombs, who
is blind, was recently named chair of Project EASI: Equal Access to Software
and Information, a project of the American Association for Higher Education.

Deborah Kaplan is vice president of the World Institute on Disability and
director of its Division on Technology Policy. Under her leadership, the agency
has initiated WIDnet, a national computer-based bulletin board and database
service on disability policy. In 1976 Ms. Kaplan founded the Disability Rights
Center in Washington, D.C. and served as executive director for four

Harry J. Murphy is founder and director of the Center on Disabilities at
California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He is the former assistant
director of the National Center on Deafness and former director of the Office
of Disabled Student Services at CSUN. He also founded and directs the world's
largest conference on "Technology and Persons with Disabilities", held each
March in Los Angeles.

Lawrence Scadden is senior program director for the National Science
Foundation's Program for Persons with Disabilities. This program develops and
supports research and educational projects that promote full inclusion and
participation of individuals with disabilities in science, math, engineering,
and technology education.

Ramon Rodriguez is director/liaison officer for theOffice of Special
Institutions in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education
and Rehabilitative Services. He is responsible for program analysis, evaluation
and improvement; policy interpretation; adult continuing education; and
programs for children and youth with disabilities.

Gregg Vanderheiden is director of the Trace Research and Development Center at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a rehabilitation engineering research
center focusing on access to communication, computer, and information systems.
He is also an associate professor in the industrial engineering department and
past president of RESNA.

Bob Smith, moderator, is a host and producer of two WXXI radio talk shows in
Rochester, NY: "1370 Connection with Bob Smith" and "Computers and Technology."


This videoconference will give your participants a chance to:
Find out how adaptive technology can empower persons with disabilities
in school, work and personal life.
Discover how institutions, organizations and corporations deliver
better services for people with disabilities through adaptive technology
Understand the benefits of adaptive technology for their organizations.
Understand the laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, that
could affect their organization's use of adaptive technology.
Learn how to plan and fund acquisition of adaptive technology.
Discuss some of the social barriers to the use of technology.
Find out about resources for learning about adaptive technology.
Hear about cutting-edge research and development projects that indicate
the near future of adaptive technology.

To receive information on how to register and obtain a license agreement,
please contact:

PBS Adult Learning Satellite Service
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698

1-800-257-2578 (phone)
703-739-8495 or 703-739-0775 (FAX)