Graduate Student’s Assistive Technology Invention Placed into A New Book

Every student dreams of being published before they graduate and demonstrating to the world their achievements and skills, but few students have the opportunity. This Fall semester, however, both Jennifer Simon and Janelle Wallace graduate student’s in the PACE MS in Educational Technology program where selected to have their Assistive Technology invention placed into a new book, Design and Technologies for Healthy Aging (DATHA) as part of a coalition initiative housed at the Center for Assistive Technologies and Environmental Access (CATEA). The DATHA is currently under development by Claudia Rébola, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology. At Pace University as part of the TS642 Computer Hardware, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance class taught by Dr. Jean F. Coppola, Simon and Wallace developed adaptive iPad styles for the hand/arms and head that they call “Smile Gear.”

Every student dreams of being published before they graduate and demonstrating to the world their achievements and skills, but few students have the opportunity.  This Fall semester, however, both Jennifer Simon and Janelle Wallace graduate student’s in the PACE MS in Educational Technology program were selected to have their Assistive Technology invention placed into a new book, Design and Technologies for Healthy Aging (DATHA) as part of a coalition initiative housed at the Center for Assistive Technologies and Environmental Access (CATEA). The DATHA is currently under development by Claudia Rébola, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology. At Pace University as part of the TS642 Computer Hardware, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance class taught by Dr. Jean F. Coppola, Simon and Wallace developed adaptive iPad styles for the hand/arms and head that they call “Smile Gear.”

 

Product Description

We discovered that in certain cases of cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, patients are not able to use e-Devices to their full capacity because they are physically restricted.  To help solve this problem and also bring a smile to people with disabilities, we have created two touchscreen devices that are cool, colorful, functional, and simple to create.  These friendly self-made adaptive tools are a refreshing change to the cold and uncomfortable metal/plastic pointers that are the norm for alternative tools.  The tools we have developed are inexpensive to make, flexible for different needs and body sizes, and lend themselves to people with disabilities who have difficulty using the iPad or other e-Devices.  These cool & colorful styluses are able to wrap around hands, arms, or the head to point and select apps on touch-screen devices. One special and distinctive feature about our tools is that they are available in different colors and textures even with fun accessories like eyeballs and antenna which transform these styluses into friendly creatures that not only aid those with disabilities, but that also boost their confidence by putting a smile on their faces and making them feel “cool” about using it. 

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Andrea Taylor, Professor, Volunteering with Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences (DIVAS)

DIVAS mission is to “bridge the digital divide by combining media literacy and cultural awareness along with a vast understanding of technology to encourage young women of color to pursue careers in computer science and new media.” In recent studies it has been determined that the Information Technology field is made up of only 35% women and the number of women of color within that percentage is even less. DIVAS for Social Justice is determined to tear down economic and racial barriers to encourage young women of color to become future leaders in their communities and the Information Technology/New Media fields.

DIVAS  mission is to “bridge the digital divide by combining media literacy and cultural awareness along with a vast understanding of technology to encourage young women of color to pursue careers in computer science and new media.” In recent studies it has been determined that the Information Technology field is made up of only 35% women and the number of women of color within that percentage is even less. DIVAS for Social Justice is determined to tear down economic and racial barriers to encourage young women of color to become future leaders in their communities and the Information Technology/New Media fields.

You can find out more about the DIVAS on their website (http://www.divasforsocialjustice.org/) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/26315210494/).

Andrea’s role is to help raise awareness of the group, to help with funding efforts and to bring the areas of programming and robotics to the program participants. In November, 6 youth participate in a LEGO Robotics after-school program at the DIVAS headquarters in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY.  Ultimately, we are preparing to form a Robotics team to compete next year at the FIRST FLL LEGO tournaments.

 

 

Seidenberg Faculty Receive 3 Year Grant from NSF

In August, professors Li-Chiou Chen, Darren Hayes, Charles Tappert, Andreea Cotoranu and Xiangdong Li (CUNY-City Tech), received an NSF grant. The title of the project is “Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline through Community College Outreach.” The three-year project led by Pace University involves collaboration with four partner colleges: State University of New York (SUNY) – Rockland Community College, SUNY – Westchester Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) – New York City College of Technology, and CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, of which the latter two are minority serving institutions.

In August, professors Li-Chiou Chen, Darren Hayes, Charles Tappert, Andreea Cotoranu and Xiangdong Li (CUNY-City Tech), received an NSF grant. The title of the project is “Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline through Community College Outreach.” The three-year project led by Pace University involves collaboration with four partner colleges: State University of New York (SUNY) – Rockland Community College, SUNY – Westchester Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) – New York City College of Technology, and CUNY – Borough of Manhattan Community College, of which the latter two are minority serving institutions.

The overall goal of the project is to produce more and better prepared information assurance professionals.

For more information about this grant or to become involved in the project please contact Li-Chiou Chen, lchen@pace.edu