The 15 members of the National Council on Disability came to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts on Oct 6, 2014 to engage with GT scholars whose research aims to impact the lives of people with disabilities. Provost Rafael Bras and NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen opened the event with welcoming remarks.
The NCD is an advisory group to President Obama and Congress that meets quarterly to discuss policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities. Examples of research highlights: Real-time Captioning on Google Glass for Individuals with Hearing Loss; Digital Inclusion and Emergency Communications; Use of Social Media to Promote Social Engagement of Adolescents with Autism; Multimodal Displays for Accessible Education, Entertainment and Driving; Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability; Universal Design Ballot Interfaces for Voters with and without Vision Loss.
At the end of this successful event, NCD Chairperson Jeff Rosen expressed his enthusiasm with the comment “What Georgia Tech has accomplished is mind-blowing…our Council is very impressed with the cutting edge research happening here!” Georgia Tech Vice President for Institute Diversity, Archie Ervin, echoed Rosen’s excitement stating “This event was incredible…it demonstrated how we here at Georgia Tech approach these challenges from so many different disciplines. We clearly have a significant footprint in this domain.”
Ervin also noted that President G.P. “Bud” Peterson is committed to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities throughout our campus community and to support that commitment, in 2013 he established a new campus committee that is charged with looking at issues pertaining to Disabilities and Access here at GeorgiaTech.
The Research Showcase featured poster presentations by 28 Georgia Tech scholars including TechSAge Investigators Carrie Bruce, Brad Fain, Maribeth Gandy, Brian Jones, Charlie Kemp, Tracy Mitzner, Wendy Rogers, Jon Sanford, and Jenny Singleton.