National Center for Technology Innovation
2010 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference: Breakthrough Learning - Transform the Future; November 15-16, 2010; The Madison Hotel; Washington, DC

2010 Tech Expo

The 2010 Tech Expo, held at the 2010 NCTI Innovators Conference, was an opportunity to showcase innovative learning and assistive technology products and network with others from industry, academia, policy, and the media. Congratulations to the TERC-VCom3D, Auburn University, and Southeastern LA University teams who received the Brightest Idea Award at the 2010 Tech Expo, a showcase of emerging and exciting technologies and research.

Photo of the 2010 Bright Ideas Award Winners who are Auburn University, TERC-VCom3D, and Southeastern LA University.

List of Exhibitors

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  • abledbody

Presenters: Suzanne Robitaille, Kathy Robitaille
Title: New Assistive Technologies for Students with Disabilities

Suzanne Robitaille, author of The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology & Devices, will be on hand to sign her book and demonstrate some emerging assistive technologies for students with disabilities. She will also live-stream the 2010 Global Education Conference, a worldwide conference on globally-connected education that is happening the week of November 15. As a former assistive technology columnist for BusinessWeek and the founder of, a website covering disability innovations, Robitaille knows firsthand how technology can equalize the playing field for students with disabilities and special needs.
Visit the abledbody web site.

  • ADL Co-Laboratory Hub

Presenters: George Koch and Shenan
Title: Fostering Transfer from Simulation Training to On-the-Job Performance

This exhibit will demonstrate the role of simulations in facilitating transfer of new skills to on-the-job performance. Research will be presented on the effectiveness of simulation training to promote transfer, the effects of simulation fidelity on transfer, and what features may increase transfer from simulations. Practical guidelines for designing simulation training will also be presented.

  • Attainment Company

Presenter: Joni Nygard
Title: GoTalk Express 32: Access to Communication, Curriculum, and Language Development

Recognizing the unique needs of complex communicators, Attainment Company brings you the GoTalk Express 32! Discussion will include the GoTalk Express 32 access features including but not limited to auditory cueing and surround-message LEDs for visual prompts. Also highlighted will be express feature applications, the ability to seamlessly play multiple messages in sequence!
Visit the Attainment Company web site.

  • Auburn University

Presenters: Scott Renner, Margaret Flores, Kate Racoff
Title: Increasing Communication and Social Skills Using the iPad

This exhibit will demonstrate how the iPad can be used to address communication and behavioral needs of students with developmental disabilities. Research regarding an iPad communication application and video social stories will be presented. Both uses of the iPad resulted in increased communication, socially appropriate behaviors, and instructional efficiency.
Visit the Auburn University web site.

Presenter: Betsy Beaumon
Title: Using technology to deliver accessible materials

Bookshare uses leading technology to provide materials for students with print disabilities, serving over 100,000 students with over 90,000 books and periodicals. Through a five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare provides free access for all qualified U.S. students.
Visit the Bookshare web site.


Online Learning Guides:

Take a look at the following online learning guides for quick tips on how to get started with Bookshare.

Online Learning Modules:


Pre-recorded Webinars:

Educators (K-12):


  • Read Freely: Bookshare and College Students: September 29, 2010 – Flash video


  • How to read Bookshare books with Read:OutLoud for parents: October 13, 2010 – Flash video

  • How to get my child accessible textbooks: September 22, 2010 – Flash video

  • Bookshare 101 for Parents: August 25, 2010 – Flash video

Assistive Technology Training Series:

  • Reading with Read:OutLoud 6 with Don Johnston: September 29, 2010 – Flash video

  • Reading with the Plextalk Pocket: September 1, 2010 – Flash video

  • How to Read Bookshare Books with the Classmate reader from HumanWare: August 10, 2010 – WMV Video, MP3 audio


  • Bookshare 101 for Trainers:October 6, 2010 – Flash video


Special Presentations:

  • Accelerating Tactile Graphics Production by Automation
    December 4, 2008 – Flash video, MP3 audio
    Professor Richard Ladner from the University of Washington came to Bookshare to present his amazing batch processing work on automating translation of textbook figures, making it possible to translate an entire textbook of figures in weeks rather than months.

AIM Product Tutorials:

Developed by the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and the Michigan Department of Education, the purpose of these tutorials is to provide a suite of tools for learning about and using assistive technology applications that support the use of AIM.


Quick Guides:


Bookshare Brochures

Getting Books

Reading Tools


  • Center for Literacy & Disability Studies

Presenters: Karen Erickson, Penelope Hatch, Gary Bishop
Title: Big Words: Reading and Spelling Words With Multiple Syllables

The exhibit will feature the Big Words software, which is designed to teach adolescents with disabilities to read polysyllabic words. In addition to trying the software, participants will see how students participated in the development process; modern browser technologies were employed; and research supported the content development.
Visit the Center for Literacy & Disability Studies web site.

  • East Carolina University

Presenters: Susan M. Bashinski, Melissa Engleman
Title: Efficacy of the GoTalk Express 32 for Increasing Communication Attempts

This exhibit will demonstrate how Attainment Company’s GoTalk Express 32 AAC device, which offers an auditory cuing feature, can support learners with significant vision disabilities to facilitate successful communication interaction. Data from a single-subject research study (n = 3) documenting participants’ rates of prompted and self-initiated communication attempts will be presented.
Visit the Visit the East Carolina University web site.

  • eSchool Media

Presenter: Shana Murik
Title: eSchool Media—Informing the Public on How to Integrate Technology into the Classroom

eSchool Media covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. eSM provides 2 monthly print and digital newspapers (eSchool News and eCampus News) which provides the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals.
Visit the eSchool News web site.

Presenter: Tom Keating
Title: Personal Organization and Access to Web 2.0 for Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities

This exhibit will demonstrate Picture Planner 3.0, the icon-based calendar that provides a cognitively accessible portal to the interactive Web, a “cognitive curbcut” in effect, incorporating new features including syncing with Google Calendar and mobile apps for Apple iOS devices that leverage virtual social networks to support real-world community integration.
Visit the Eugene Research Institute web site.


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News Release: Picture Planner™ on the iPad and iPod Touch!

NCTI Innovator Profile: National Center for Technology Innovation Empowering Transitions for Youth With Cognitive DisabilitiesPDF

Picture Planner: A Cognitively Accessible Personal
Activity Scheduling Application by Thomas Keating, Ph.D.

Picture Planner: Using Pictures to Make Plans PowerPoint Presentation PDF

500 word description of Picture Planner NCTI Overview.

  • Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Presenters: Anna Evmenova, Heidi Graff, Michael Behrmann
Title: Development of ACTIV 2.0: Adapted Captioning Through Interactive Video Program for Students With Disabilities

This exhibit will demonstrate how ACTIV 2.0 product can be used to make the general education academic content available and accessible for students with disabilities. ACTIV 2.0 adapts existing video clips with such features as alternative narration; regular, highlighted text; picture-symbol–based captions; verbal/visual cuing; interactive hyperlinks; and built-in quizzes.
Visit the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities web site.

Presenter: Randy Kulman
Title: LearningWorks for Kids: Connecting Popular Game-Based Learning to Daily Activities

This exhibit will demonstrate how improves executive functioning and academic skills for children with learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and psychosocial and emotional difficulties. Research will be presented on how LearningWorks for Kids assessment and intervention tools can successfully target and improve selected executive functioning and academic skills.
Visit the LearningWorks for Kids web site.


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By Randy Kulman  (Time: 04:49)

Presenters: Renee Mansfield, Jim Santiago
Title: The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia®: A Web-based Prescription for Autism Education

This exhibit will demonstrate how educators can access the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE) to implement individualized applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based instruction with individuals with autism. Research evidence will be presented on the progress made by students using the ACE in both private and public school special education classrooms.
Visit the New England Center for Children web site.


The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia®: A Web-based Prescription for Autism Education Power Point Presentation
by Renee Mansfield, M.A., BCBA; Chata Dickson, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Meca Andrade, M.S., BCBA;  Utah Nickel, M.S., BCBA; Theresa Cerrone, M.S., BCBA; Courtney McKallagat B.S.; and Jim Santiago, CIO

Presenters: Andrew Friedman, Mike Kurdziel, Brad Thomas
Title: Migration of Accessible DAISY Content to Mainstream Platforms

This exhibit will include new product demonstrations that highlight RFB&D’s use of emerging technologies to migrate DAISY text and audio to mainstream platforms. These promising solutions will lower cost barriers, support universal design principles, and promote equal access to technology and content for people with disabilities.
Visit the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic web site.


Technology Conference Flyer PDF

Tech Expo Overview Power Point Presentation

  • Southeastern Louisiana University

Presenters: Robert Hancock, Becky Sue Parton
Title: Lambert Libris: Interactive Books for Deaf Children and Their Parents

This exhibit will showcase an original, interactive book titled “Lambert’s Colorful World” designed for Deaf children. The pages are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and launch American Sign Language (ASL) translations when scanned. Our goal is to enhance the parent-child bond and lay the foundation for bilingual fluency.
Visit the Southeastern Louisiana University web site.

  • Southeastern Louisiana University

Presenters: Becky Sue Parton, Robert Hancock
Title: Vision 3D: Digital Discovery for the Deaf—”Lambert’ Project Results

This exhibit will demonstrate a system, LAMBERT, for young Deaf children to learn American Sign Language vocabulary by leveraging radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Tagged toys launch multimedia presentations when scanned. Research data collected at residential schools, including video footage, will be shown along with the project’s website.
Visit the Southeastern Louisiana University web site.

Presenters: Judy Vesel, Jason Hurdich
Title: How the Signing Math and Science Dictionaries Support Deaf/Hard of Hearing Learners

This exhibit will demonstrate the incorporation of the SigningAvatar® accessibility software into Web-based and iPod Touch/iPhone versions of illustrated 3D science and mathematics dictionaries for K–12 learners who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. It will include excerpts of research findings conducted in informal settings, mainstream classrooms, and specialized schools for the Deaf.
Visit the TERC web site. Visit the Vcom3D web site.


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How the Signing Math and Science Dictionaries Support Deaf/Hard of Hearing Learners: Power Point Presentation
By Jason Hurdich, Team Leader, Sign Language Projects, Vcom3D, Inc., Orlando, Florida, USA and Judy Vesel, Principal Investigator, TERC, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Presenters: Helen Malone, Joe Wheaton
Title: Using inPromptu to Teach Daily Living Skills to Learners With Severe Intellectual Disabilities

This exhibit will demonstrate how inPromptu can be used to teach daily living skills to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities (who may also have a hearing impairment). inPromptu provides access to video prompts that can guide students through the steps of various daily living skills. Preliminary research on inPromptu conducted with individuals with severe intellectual disabilities and a hearing impairment will be presented.
Visit the Ohio State University web site.


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By Helen Malone. Audio Presentation. (Time: 02:32)

  • The Teaching Research Institute & East Carolina University

Presenters: Kathleen Stremel Thomas, Susan Bashinski
Title: How Cochlear Implants and LENA Technology Benefits Children With Deaf-Blindness

This exhibit will demonstrate how cochlear implants can benefit a new population of children, those with deaf-blindness and often additional disabilities. The emerging Language ENvironmental Analysis (LENA) technology can be used in natural environments to determine the quality of the auditory environment. Research data will be presented for the factors of age and duration on implantation outcomes and pre-post LENA data.
Visit the Teaching Research Institute web site.

  • Towson University

Presenters: Tim Brooks, Jonathan Lazar, Linda Bowyer
Title: HIPUU: Moving Toward More Universally Usable Human Interaction Proofs (HIPs)

The most well-known example of a human interaction proof is a CAPTCHA, which comes in both visual and audio form. However, the audio CAPTCHA, while technically accessible, is very problematic for blind users, who have been documented to have below a 50 percent task success rate using audio CAPTCHAs in multiple published studies. Our research team at Towson University developed a new, more universally usable HIP, called HIPUU, the Human Interaction Proof Universally Usable. We have developed multiple versions of a prototype, and this demonstration will present the most current version, which is based on a real-time audio challenge.
Visit the Towson University web site.

  • University of Missouri & California University of Pennsylvania

Presenters: Gail Fitzgerald, Katherine Mitchem
Title: PictureTools: An EPSS for Young Students With High Incidence Disabilities

This exhibit will showcase the newest program in the KidTools EPSS series—PictureTools—and accompanying teacher resources. Both programs will be available for hands-on trial. Results from usability testing conducted with four students and teachers using the Morae software that provided confirmation of the design features will be shared.
Visit the University of Missouri web site. Visit the California University of Pennsylvania web site.

Presenters: Mark Horney, Patricia Almond, Lynne Anderson-Inman
Title: Research on Supported eText in Instruction for Students with Disabilities

This exhibit demonstrates Supported eText used in academic content areas to support teaching and learning for students with disabilities. Digital eTexts provide students with an on-demand, customized, and adaptive environments. Studies will be presented on the eText research under way by NCSeT and MeTRC research centers.
Visit the University of Oregon web site.


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By Mark Horney (Time: 11:44)

  • University of Southern Mississippi

Presenter: Judi Emerson
Title: Seeing the Possibilities With Videophone Technology

This exhibit will demonstrate how Sorenson Communications, Inc., videophone technology can be integrated into the educational and home settings of students who are deafblind, enabling them to participate in interactive social and community activities. A Sorenson Communications, Inc., videophone unit will be demonstrated, and project activities documented by DVD production will be presented.
Visit the University of Southern Mississippi web site.

  • WETA

Presenter: Christian Lindstrom
Title: WETA Learning Media: Innovative Dissemination of Research-Based Information About Teaching Children with Disabilities

Each month WETA Learning Media reaches over 700,000 parents, teachers, school psychologists, principals, librarians, and more with authoritative research about teaching children with disabilities.,,,, and use video, podcasts, social media, expert interviews, first person stories, articles, and more to make important research accessible and useful.
Visit the WETA web site.

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