Adaptive Technology – For Us, by Us

David Hayden, an alum of Arizona State University, demonstrated that the best technologies are those that engage the user in the design and development process. He illustrated this point when he helped the school’s researchers develop technology that would help him access the blackboard in his classes.

David has a visual impairment and needed assistance taking notes and seeing the blackboard in class. He helped develop an application that allowed him to view the blackboard on half of his mobile tablet while using a “notes” interface on the other half of the screen. Then he was able to link sections of the notes to the frames in the video. Dubbed the “Note-Taker,” the app enabled David to better access information in class. David is now manufacturing his Note-Taker prototype to be used by others.

Full Story: The Best Adaptive Technologies Are Designed by, Not for, People with Disabilities, Slate, Mar. 3, 2015, available at



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