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Synchronous Communication Tools

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Project Description

Synchronous communication tools, because they most closely mimic traditional communication methods, present traditional access challenges. Fortunately, because communication is computer mediated, we can exploit the translation and transformation capabilities of computers to create new access solutions. This project will: determine the access challenges presented by synchronous learning tools (such as video conferencing, audio conferencing, real-time text-based tools such as chat rooms, IRC, ICQ, etc.), and develop, apply and evaluate access solutions such as voice recognition, pattern recognition, word prediction, AI tools and other strategies to ensure that people with disabilities including students who are blind, deaf, non-speaking and mobility impaired can participate fully.

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J.P. Robarts Library, First Floor, University of Toronto Information Commons
130 St. George St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H1
Telephone: (416) 978-4360 Fax: (416) 971-2629

For additional information please e-mail Laurie Harrison