This is not the first National Science Foundation grant that has been awarded to Blue Orb. In 2008, Blue Orb received a grant dedicated to studying communication constructs of children with autism and developing a program using assistive technology to compliment lesson plans and help children with autism achieve higher in school. This initiative, called Project Blue Skies, proved successful in helping autistic children communicate their thoughts more clearly, leading to better student-teacher understanding and higher grades.
The goal of the most recent NSF grant is to develop an online environment that allows persons with disabilities to participate more fully in the process of becoming and being an entrepreneur.
In addition to providing individuals with disabilities a tool set to improve and enhance entrepreneurship among them, the proposed collaborative environment will be a very powerful research tool to test hypotheses about the cognitive, affective, and inter-personal constructs and mechanisms involved in entrepreneurship and among persons with disabilities.
Blue Orb predicts this endeavor will promote learning and independence among persons with special needs who want to start their own businesses. Individuals with disabilities are highly underrepresented in the national workforce, and programs like these will hopefully alleviate some of the challenges they regularly encounter.
If you are a person with special needs who wants to participate in this program, please email elizabeth@orbiTouch.com
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The orbiTouch presents a user friendly alternative to the standard computer keyboard, useful to those living with physical or learning disabilities, such as impaired finger or hand mobility or traumatic brain injury. It can also be used by individuals with prosthesis. For more information, please visit http://www.orbitouch.com or http://www.facebook.com/