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Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 215–226 | Cite as

Development of prototype equipment for innovative employment of blind and partially sighted persons

  • Susan H. Phillips
  • Yvonne S. Russell
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Abstract

Sensory Aids Foundation of Palo Alto, California, has funded development of a number of microprocessor-based or computer-related sensory aids to enable blind and partially sighted persons to enter innovative areas of employment previously inaccessible to them. Three of these devices are discussed in this paper: the prototype TSPS (Traffic Service Position System) console for blind telephone operators; an Optacon Tracking Guide for CRT displays; and a Digital Indexing System for cassette audio recorders. In addition, three other microprocessor-based products recently acquired by Sensory Aids Foundation for placement with blind or partially sighted clients are briefly described: the Speech Annunciator for digital laboratory instruments; the Large Print Video Terminal; and the TIM-II (Talking Information Management System). A new grant received from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the Projects With Industry Section, has allowed expansion of services to develop computer-related jobs for blind, deaf, and orthopedically disabled persons.

Keywords

Palo Alto Information Management Industry Section Audio Recorder Indexing System 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan H. Phillips
  • Yvonne S. Russell

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