UCCS, businesses collaborate on technology to aid disabled

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Colorado Springs businesses are collaborating with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and K-12 educators to provide educators with examples of how technology can assist blind and visually impaired students.

Funded by DSoft Technology, the first crossover applications symposium held demonstrations of screen readers, games for the visually impaired and learning environments for the blind. The purpose was to show how elements designed for one application can be used for others.

Simple design changes to web sites, for example, can help blind people access the Internet, giving them greater freedom and better job opportunities, said David Hollenback, CEO of DSoft Technology.

The next crossover applications conference is scheduled for May, 2011.