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NCDAE Webcast
Mobile Education and Access for Students with Disabilities

Thank you to those who tuned into the the April 26th webcast. Access the archives.

During the webcast, Paul Baker mentioned the IPod initiative at Duke University. Read more about the IPod initiative (PDF).


As technologies become smaller, sleeker and easier to carry can they be developed and used so that no child is left behind? That is the question we addressed during NCDAE's April 26, 2006 webcast entitled, "Mobile Education and Access for Students with Disabilities." The broadcast included a discussion of technologies, practices and standards related to this increasingly popular education delivery method.


Paul Baker

Director of Research Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP)

Paul M.A. Baker holds the rank of Senior Research Scientist with the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is the Project Director of Policy Initiatives for both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Mobile Wireless Technologies, and the Workplace Accommodations RERC. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has taught courses in the areas of political science, disability policy, public administration, information policy, and state and local government policymaking. Dr. Baker is currently researching the role of policy in advancing technology and universal accessibility goals for persons with disabilities; and institutional issues involved in public sector information policy development and state and local government use of information and communication technologies (ICT's). Recent projects include policy barriers to the adoption of wireless technologies by people with disabilities, teleworking and people with disabilities, examination of the integration of disability policy into the planning curriculum; and issues impacting e-voting by people with disabilities.

Baker holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, an M.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He is a certified planner (AICP), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He serves on the editorial board of Assistive Technology, and is on the review panels for six other journals.

John Peifer

Research Director at the Biomedical Interactive Technology Center and Co Director of the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)

Mr. John W. Peifer is the Research Director of the Biomedical Interactive Technology Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology which conducts research programs in Telehealth, medical visualization, and rehabilitation. His Center has worked with the Medical College of Georgia on a variety of programs in remote health management and with Atlanta’s Shepherd Center on applications to promote community re-entry after spinal cord injury. In 2001, Mr. Peifer became Co-Director of the Mobile Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (Wireless RERC) sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education. The Wireless RERC is working to improve community access, independence, and quality of life using mobile wireless technologies


The discussion was moderated by Marty Blair of the National Center on Disability and Access to Education.

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