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GoCC4All technology training at the Helen Keller National Center

In January 2019, we visited the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) for a new training session of our GoCC4All technology. 

GoCC4All is a solution that integrates hardware and software to deliver TV captions to a Braille display. GoCC4All also allows the reception of emergency information broadcast on TV (visit the Emergency Alert System (EAS) website for more information).

GoCC4All development is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research-NIDILRR grant number 90IFDV0004-01-00.

GoCC4All users download an app to their mobile device and connect the device to a Braille display where they can read the TV captions. Our solution covers the needs of the deaf-blind population who currently can’t access TV captions and because of that are missing access to this source of information and entertainment.
Collage of 2 pictures indoors: Picture on the left, 2 women seated in front of a table with a braille display each. They touch the cells of the display. A man stands next to the table and looks at one of the displays. Picture on the right shows the man bending and touching one of the displays.
We provided training on GoCC4All to HKNC employees in charge of training 30 users that will be providing comments on how to improve and adjust the system during the upcoming development phases. Up to this date, 10 deaf-blind users selected by HKNC are giving us their support in the testing process. After this training session we hope to add 30 more users.

HKNC selected the following employees to participate on the training: Megan Dausch (Senior Instructor of Adaptive Technology), Bill Spanmolo (Senior Instructor of Technology) and Don Hover (form HKNC technology office).

We are grateful to the HKNC for its invaluable collaboration in this common effort for the use of technology in benefit of inclusion.